Sir William Golding is remembered by all those ardent young readers who had to read his magnum opus Lord of the Flies for school. However, for those unaware of his other, extensive literary contributions, they were indeed great. Sir Golding had a way of reflecting humanities darker urges and primal side as well as a plethora of other important themes that made him such a prominent author. As today is his birthday, here are fifteen quotes by this acclaimed author.
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1. I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men; they are far superior and always have been.
2. He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience.
3. Childhood is a disease – a sickness that you grow out of.
4. Man produces evil as a bee produces honey.
5. The journey of life is like a man riding a bicycle. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. We know that if he stops moving and does not get off he will fall off.
6. Utopias are presented for our inspection as a critique of the human state.
7. My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.
8. Language fits over experience like a straight-jacket.
9. A novel ensures that we can look before and after, take action at whatever pace we choose, read again and again, skip and go back. The story in a book is humble and serviceable, available, friendly, is not switched on and off but taken up and put down, lasts a lifetime.
10. What a man does defiles him, not what is done by others.
11. I’d rather there wasn’t an afterlife, really. I’d much rather not be me for thousands of years.
12. Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind.
13. Since most scientists are just a bit religious, and most religious are seldom wholly unscientific, we find humanity in a comical position. His scientific intellect believes in the possibility of miracles inside a black hole, while his religious intellect believes in them outside it.
14. 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.
15. I must have been an unsatisfactory child for grownups to deal with. I remember how incomprehensible they appeared to me at first, but not, of course, how I appeared to them.
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