William Golding Quotes

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William Golding Quotes

I got this to say. Youre acting like a crowd of kids.
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Maybe there is a beast ... maybe it's only us.

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Sucks to your ass-mar!

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There have been so many interpretations of the story that I'm not going to choose between them. Make your own choice. They contradict each other, the various choices. The only choice that really matters, the only interpretation of the story, if you want one, is your own. Not your teacher's, not your professor's, not mine, not a critic's, not some authority's. The only thing that matters is, first, the experience of being in the story, moving through it. Then any interpretation you like. If it's yours, then that's the right one, because what's in a book is not what an author thought he put into it, it's what the reader gets out of it.

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We're not savages. We're English.

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The trouble was, if you were a chief you had to think, you had to be wise.

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You'll get back to where you came from.

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Are we savages or what?

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In our country for all her greatness there is one thing she cannot do and that is translate a person wholly out of one class into another. Perfect translation from one language into another is impossible. Class is the British language.

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You let the fire out.

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It seems to me that we do live in two worlds ... there is this physical one, which is coherant, and there is the spiritual one, which to the average man with his flashes of religious experience, is very often incoherant. This experience of having two worlds to live in all the time, or not all the time, is a vital one, and is what living is like.

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What did it mean? A stick sharpened at both ends. What was there in that?

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You don't really mean that we got to be frightened all the time of nothing? Life," said Piggy expansively, "is scientific, that's what it is. In a year or two when the war's over they'll be traveling to Mars and back. I know there isn't no beast-not with claws and all that, I mean-but I know there isn't no fear, either.

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Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life. Round the squatting child was the protection of parents and school and policemen and the law. Roger's arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins. Henry

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I was an estructuralist at the age of seven, which is about the right age for it.

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