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William Golding Quotes: "We have a disharmony in our natures. We cannot live together without injuring each other."

We have a disharmony in our natures. We cannot live together without injuring each other.




William Golding Quotes: "I began to see what people were capable of doing. Anyone who moved through those years without understanding that man produces evil as a bee produces honey, must have been blind or wrong in the head."

I began to see what people were capable of doing. Anyone who moved through those years without understanding that man produces evil as a bee produces honey, must have been blind or wrong in the head.




William Golding Quotes: "We're all mad, the whole damned race. We're wrapped in illusions, delusions, confusions about the penetrability of partitions, we're all mad and in solitary confinement."

We're all mad, the whole damned race. We're wrapped in illusions, delusions, confusions about the penetrability of partitions, we're all mad and in solitary confinement.



William Golding Quotes: "I am astonished at the ease with which uninformed persons come to a settled, a passionate opinion when they have no grounds for judgment."

I am astonished at the ease with which uninformed persons come to a settled, a passionate opinion when they have no grounds for judgment.




William Golding Quotes: "The thing is - fear can't hurt you any more than a dream."

The thing is - fear can't hurt you any more than a dream.



William Golding Quotes: "I am by nature an optimist and by intellectual conviction a pessimist."

I am by nature an optimist and by intellectual conviction a pessimist.



William Golding Quotes: "I believe man suffers from an appalling ignorance of his own nature. I produce my own view in the belief that it may be something like the truth."

I believe man suffers from an appalling ignorance of his own nature. I produce my own view in the belief that it may be something like the truth.




William Golding Quotes: "My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder."

My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.



William Golding Quotes: "At the moment of vision, the eyes see nothing."

At the moment of vision, the eyes see nothing.



William Golding Quotes: "The greatest ideas are the simplest."

The greatest ideas are the simplest.



William Golding Quotes: "What a man does defiles him, not what is done by others."

What a man does defiles him, not what is done by others.



William Golding Quotes: "No human endeavour can ever be wholly good... it must always have a cost."

No human endeavour can ever be wholly good... it must always have a cost.




William Golding Quotes: "Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind."

Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.



William Golding Quotes: "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything."

We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything.



William Golding Quotes: "Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us."

Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.



William Golding Quotes: "He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience."

He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience.



William Golding Quotes: "Towards midnight the rain ceased and the clouds drifted away, so that the sky was scattered once more with the incredible lamps of stars."

Towards midnight the rain ceased and the clouds drifted away, so that the sky was scattered once more with the incredible lamps of stars.



William Golding Quotes: "The mask was a thing on it's own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-conciousness."

The mask was a thing on it's own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-conciousness.



William Golding Quotes: "Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy."

Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.



William Golding Quotes: "I hope my books make statements about our general condition."

I hope my books make statements about our general condition.



William Golding Quotes: "However you disguise novels, they are always biographies."

However you disguise novels, they are always biographies.



William Golding Quotes: "We're not savages. We're English."

We're not savages. We're English.



William Golding Quotes: "Even if you got rid of paper, you would still have story-tellers. In fact, you had the story-tellers before you had the paper."

Even if you got rid of paper, you would still have story-tellers. In fact, you had the story-tellers before you had the paper.



William Golding Quotes: "If faces were different when lit from above or below -- what was a face? What was anything?"

If faces were different when lit from above or below -- what was a face? What was anything?



William Golding Quotes: "Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry."

Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.



William Golding Quotes: "How can you expect to be rescued if you don’t put first things first and act proper?"

How can you expect to be rescued if you don’t put first things first and act proper?



William Golding Quotes: "Worse than madness. Sanity."

Worse than madness. Sanity.



William Golding Quotes: "We just got to go on, that's all. That's what grownups would do."

We just got to go on, that's all. That's what grownups would do.



William Golding Quotes: "The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away."

The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away.



William Golding Quotes: "Which is better--to have laws and agree, or to hunt and kill?"

Which is better--to have laws and agree, or to hunt and kill?



William Golding Quotes: "Language fits over experience like a straight-jacket."

Language fits over experience like a straight-jacket.



William Golding Quotes: "Childhood is a disease - a sickness that you grow out of."

Childhood is a disease - a sickness that you grow out of.



William Golding Quotes: "I am not a theologian or a philosopher. I am a story teller."

I am not a theologian or a philosopher. I am a story teller.



William Golding Quotes: "What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?"

What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?



William Golding Quotes: "Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?"

Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill! You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what they are?



William Golding Quotes: "Life should serve up its feast of experience in a series of courses."

Life should serve up its feast of experience in a series of courses.



William Golding Quotes: "What kind of human person has a favorite eraser?"

What kind of human person has a favorite eraser?



William Golding Quotes: "Art is partly communication, but only partly. The rest is discovery."

Art is partly communication, but only partly. The rest is discovery.



William Golding Quotes: "Nothing is so impenetrable as laughter in a language you don't understand."

Nothing is so impenetrable as laughter in a language you don't understand.



William Golding Quotes: "Graham Greene at 82 years old was still writing, and I don't think anyone can deny the force, the expertise, and the unique quality of his writing, if you take his complete oeuvre."

Graham Greene at 82 years old was still writing, and I don't think anyone can deny the force, the expertise, and the unique quality of his writing, if you take his complete oeuvre.



William Golding Quotes: "He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life,where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one's waking life was spent watching one's feet."

He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life,where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one's waking life was spent watching one's feet.



William Golding Quotes: "The beast was harmless and horrible; and the news must reach the others as soon as possible."

The beast was harmless and horrible; and the news must reach the others as soon as possible.



William Golding Quotes: "There is, they say, no fool like an old fool."

There is, they say, no fool like an old fool.



William Golding Quotes: "I am here; and here is nowhere in particular."

I am here; and here is nowhere in particular.



William Golding Quotes: "We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?"

We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?



William Golding Quotes: "But forgiveness must not only be given but received also."

But forgiveness must not only be given but received also.



William Golding Quotes: "Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!"

Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!



William Golding Quotes: "How would I myself live in this proposed society? How long would it be before I went stark staring mad?"

How would I myself live in this proposed society? How long would it be before I went stark staring mad?



William Golding Quotes: "It wasn't until I was 37 that I grasped the great truth that you've got to write your own books and nobody else's, and then everything followed from there."

It wasn't until I was 37 that I grasped the great truth that you've got to write your own books and nobody else's, and then everything followed from there.