Quotations That Illustrate the Value of BooksI need six quotes that show the value of the books to life in the novel "Fahrenheit 451". Thank you in advance!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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How about these:

  • "There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing." (Montag)
    "What traitors books can be! You think they're backing you up, and they turn on you. Others can use them, too, and there you are, lost in the middle of the moor, in a great welter of nouns and verbs and adjectives." (Montag)
  • Montag asserts, "Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave.  They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes!" In this way, Montag sees books not only as helpful tools, but as vital agents of salvation for his diseased world.
  • Montag: [holding a book in his hand] "Behind each of these books, there's a man. That's what interests me."
  • Faber, "Books were only one type of receptacle where we started a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical about them at all. The magic is only with what books say, how they stiched the patches of the universe together into one garment."
  • Faber, "So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people only want wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless."
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    kassiesmithd | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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    can anyone explain why knowledge is power in fahrenheit 451 in a deeper meaning please please please????

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    vikholt | High School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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    "Don't judge a book by its cover." (Irony and an old cliche)
    "Books were only one type of receptacle where we started a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. THere is nothing magical about them at all. The magic is only with what books say, how they stiched the patches of the universe together into one garment."
    "His hands had been infected, and soon it would be his arms...His hands were ravenous." (Emphasizing the desire to read and discover.)
    "What traitors books can be! You think they're backing you up, and they turn on you." (Again, knowledge is power and in Farenheit 451, everyone has limited knowledge and power.)
    "Do you ever read any of the books you burn?" (Triggers Montag's curiosity.)
    "'There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing.'"

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