"Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore."  How is this quote from Fahrenheit 451 good advice?

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Though this quote many initially seem a little defeatist, Ray Bradbury is actually giving his readers an encouraging piece of advice. Like the Latin carpe diem, meaning "seize the day," Bradbury is saying that you need to take a stand for something - do something with your life!

He is reiterating in Fahrenheit 451 that in this society in which you don't always have a lot of choice in what you do or what happens to you, you might as well take a stand for what you believe in. It's like if you are out at sea, like the people of this society are, you want to be trying to head towards the shore, or start thinking for yourself.

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