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100 Quotes By Sir William Gerald Golding, The Author Of Lord Of The Flies

Famous As: Novelist
Born On: September 19, 1911
Died On: June 19, 1993
Born In: Newquay
Died At Age: 81
Sir William Gerald Golding was a famous British poet, novelist and playwright. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988, his controversial life of was full of recognition and war glories. He has long list of awards including James Trait Black Memorial Prize, the Noble Prize, Booker Prize for 'Lord of the Flies' and the Booker Prize for 'Rites of Passage'. Golding is best known for his trilogy 'To the Ends of the Earth', especially ‘Close Quarters’ and ‘Fire Down Below’. Golding ranked Third on The Time's list of '50 Greatest British Writers since 1945'. Some of his notable works include ‘The Inheritors’, ‘The Paper Men’, ‘The Pyramid’ and ‘The Blitz’. The veteran author started his professional career in theatre and settlement houses at first, but eventually settled for a teaching position at Bishop Wordsworth's School in Salisbury. He temporarily abandoned his profession to fight in World War II. He joined the Royal Navy in 1940 to fight on board. He saw action during the sinking of Bismarck 'the German battleship' and the assault of Normandy on D-Day. In his autobiography, Golding portrayed the 'monstrous' part of his character by confessing that he tried to molest one of his friends 'Dora' at school. This stirred up controversies in the literary world. He is known for his views and thoughts on several issues including women and these quotes are quite famous. We have collected some of Sir William Gerald Golding’s quotes from his famous books and writings. One can easily come across his popular quotes on social media and internet these days. Presenting a collection of Sir William Gerald Golding quotes about women, books, writing, men, language, feminism, ideas, love and much more!
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Maybe there is a beast… maybe it's only us.

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

William Golding
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
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
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
The greatest ideas are the simplest.

The greatest ideas are the simplest.

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

We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?

William Golding
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
I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.

I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.

William Golding
Sucks to your ass-mar!

Sucks to your ass-mar!

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

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

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

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

William Golding
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
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
They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate.

They looked at each other, baffled, in love and hate.

William Golding
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
They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling unable to communicate.

They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling unable to communicate.

William Golding
People don't help much.

People don't help much.

William Golding
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
The rules!

The rules!" shouted Ralph, "you're breaking the rules!" "Who cares?

William Golding
Maybe,

Maybe," he said hesitantly, "maybe there is a beast." [...] "What I mean is, maybe it's only us.

William Golding
He lost himself in a maze of thoughts that were rendered vague by his lack of words to express them. Frowning, he tried again.

He lost himself in a maze of thoughts that were rendered vague by his lack of words to express them. Frowning, he tried again.

William Golding
The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.

The conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.

William Golding
Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind's essential illness.

Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind's essential illness.

William Golding
Language fits over experience like a straight jacket.

Language fits over experience like a straight jacket.

William Golding
What I mean is... maybe it's only us...

What I mean is... maybe it's only us...

William Golding
Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.

Kill the pig. Cut her throat. Spill her blood.

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

I am here; and here is nowhere in particular.

William Golding
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
The water rose further and dressed Simon's coarse hair with brightness. The line of his cheek silvered and the turn of his shoulder became sculptured marble...

The water rose further and dressed Simon's coarse hair with brightness. The line of his cheek silvered and the turn of his shoulder became sculptured marble...

William Golding
Ralph... would treat the day's decisions as though he were playing chess. The only trouble was that he would never be a very good chess player.

Ralph... would treat the day's decisions as though he were playing chess. The only trouble was that he would never be a very good chess player.

William Golding
If I blow the conch and they don't come back; then we've had it. We shan't keep the fire going. We'll be like animals. We'll never be rescued.

If I blow the conch and they don't come back; then we've had it. We shan't keep the fire going. We'll be like animals. We'll never be rescued." "If you don't blow, we'll soon be animals anyway.

William Golding
We're not savages. We're English.

We're not savages. We're English.

William Golding
Worse than madness. Sanity.

Worse than madness. Sanity.

William Golding
The skull regarded Ralph like one who knows all the answers but won't tell.

The skull regarded Ralph like one who knows all the answers but won't tell.

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

At the moment of vision, the eyes see nothing.

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

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

William Golding
This is our island. It's a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we'll have fun.

This is our island. It's a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we'll have fun.

William Golding
You'll get back to where you came from.

You'll get back to where you came from.

William Golding
They accepted the pleasures of morning, the bright sun, the whelming sea and sweet air, as a time when play was good and life so full that hope was not necessary and therefore forgotten.

They accepted the pleasures of morning, the bright sun, the whelming sea and sweet air, as a time when play was good and life so full that hope was not necessary and therefore forgotten.

William Golding
He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.

He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.

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

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

William Golding
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
And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, 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.

And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, 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
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.

William Golding
Are we savages or what?

Are we savages or what?

William Golding
Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!

Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!

William Golding
They agreed passionately out of the depths of their tormented lives.

They agreed passionately out of the depths of their tormented lives.

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

What kind of human person has a favorite eraser?

William Golding
The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away. Once there was this and that; and now-and the ship had gone.

The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away. Once there was this and that; and now-and the ship had gone.

William Golding
Listen, Ralph. Never mind what's sense. That's gone---

Listen, Ralph. Never mind what's sense. That's gone---

William Golding
You're a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief!

You're a beast and a swine and a bloody, bloody thief!

William Golding
Life's scientific, but we don't know, do we? Not certainly, I mean.

Life's scientific, but we don't know, do we? Not certainly, I mean.

William Golding
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
We musn't let anything happen to Piggy, must we?

We musn't let anything happen to Piggy, must we?

William Golding
The half-shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life.

The half-shut eyes were dim with the infinite cynicism of adult life.

William Golding
He knelt among the shadows and felt his isolation bitterly. They were savages it was true; but they were human.

He knelt among the shadows and felt his isolation bitterly. They were savages it was true; but they were human.

William Golding
The air was heavy with unspoken knowledge. Sam twisted and the obscene word shot out of him.

The air was heavy with unspoken knowledge. Sam twisted and the obscene word shot out of him. "--dance?" Memory of the dance that none of them had attended shook all four boys convulsively.

William Golding
The candle-buds opened their wide white flowers... Their scent spilled out into the air and took possession of the island.

The candle-buds opened their wide white flowers... Their scent spilled out into the air and took possession of the island.

William Golding
Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!

Fancy thinking the Beast was something you could hunt and kill!" said the head.; "You knew, didn't you? I'm part of you? Close, close, close!

William Golding
The greatest pleasure is not - say - sex or geometry. It is just understanding. And if you can get people to understand their own humanity - well, that's the job of the writer.

The greatest pleasure is not - say - sex or geometry. It is just understanding. And if you can get people to understand their own humanity - well, that's the job of the writer.

William Golding
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
Percival was mouse-coloured and had not been very attractive even to his mother.

Percival was mouse-coloured and had not been very attractive even to his mother.

William Golding
He forgot his wounds, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear

He forgot his wounds, his hunger and thirst, and became fear; hopeless fear

William Golding
People don't help much.'
He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.

People don't help much.' He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.

William Golding
The thing is---fear can't hold you any more than a dream...

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

William Golding
But nobody else understands about the fire. If someone threw you a rope when you were drowning. If a doctor said take this because if you don't take you'll die - you would, wouldn't you?

But nobody else understands about the fire. If someone threw you a rope when you were drowning. If a doctor said take this because if you don't take you'll die - you would, wouldn't you?

William Golding
The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.

The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he's written it.

William Golding
There ought to be some mode of life where all love is good, where one love can't compete with another but adds to it.

There ought to be some mode of life where all love is good, where one love can't compete with another but adds to it.

William Golding
The flames, as though they were a kind of wild life, crept as a jaguar creeps on its belly toward a line of birch-like saplings that fledged an outcrop of the pink rock.

The flames, as though they were a kind of wild life, crept as a jaguar creeps on its belly toward a line of birch-like saplings that fledged an outcrop of the pink rock.

William Golding
It's simpler to believe in a miracle.

It's simpler to believe in a miracle.

William Golding
This was a savage whose image refused to blend with that ancient picture of a boy in shorts and a shirt.

This was a savage whose image refused to blend with that ancient picture of a boy in shorts and a shirt.

William Golding
They were black and iridescent green and without number; and in front of Simon, the Lord of the Flies hung on his stick and grinned.

They were black and iridescent green and without number; and in front of Simon, the Lord of the Flies hung on his stick and grinned.

William Golding
I came to see you two-

I came to see you two-" Words could not express the dull pain of these things.

William Golding
Other people could stand up and speak to an assembly, apparently, without that dreadful feeling of pressure of personality; could say what they would as though they were speaking to only one person

Other people could stand up and speak to an assembly, apparently, without that dreadful feeling of pressure of personality; could say what they would as though they were speaking to only one person

William Golding
If only one had time to think!

If only one had time to think!

William Golding
I wish my auntie was here.

I wish my auntie was here." "I wish my father.. O, what's the use?

William Golding
Life […] is scientific, that’s what it is.

Life […] is scientific, that’s what it is.

William Golding
There's a kinship among men who have sat by a dying fire and measured the worth of their life by it.

There's a kinship among men who have sat by a dying fire and measured the worth of their life by it.

William Golding
The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.

The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.

William Golding
The crucifixion should never be depicted. It is a horror to be veiled.

The crucifixion should never be depicted. It is a horror to be veiled.

William Golding
You don't even care enough about us to hate us, do you?

You don't even care enough about us to hate us, do you?

William Golding
The way towards simplicity is through outrage.

The way towards simplicity is through outrage.

William Golding
I cannot convince myself that my mental capacities are important enough to justify either the good or the harm they started.

I cannot convince myself that my mental capacities are important enough to justify either the good or the harm they started.

William Golding
I do think that art that doesn't communicate is useless.

I do think that art that doesn't communicate is useless.

William Golding
Perhaps the various burnings of the Alexandria Library were necessary, like those Australian Forest Fires without which the new seeds cannot burst their shells and make a young, healthy forest.

Perhaps the various burnings of the Alexandria Library were necessary, like those Australian Forest Fires without which the new seeds cannot burst their shells and make a young, healthy forest.

William Golding
Fat lot of good we are,

Fat lot of good we are," said Ralph. "Three blind mice.

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

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

William Golding
And dying is more natural than living, because what could be more unnatural than that panicstricken thing leaping and falling like a last flame beneath the ribs?

And dying is more natural than living, because what could be more unnatural than that panicstricken thing leaping and falling like a last flame beneath the ribs?

William Golding
His manual of heaven and hell lay open before me, and I could perceive my nothingness in this scheme.

His manual of heaven and hell lay open before me, and I could perceive my nothingness in this scheme.

William Golding
You let the fire out.

You let the fire out.

William Golding
Who would sharpen a point aginst the darkness of the world?

Who would sharpen a point aginst the darkness of the world?

William Golding
I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?

I'm the reason why it's no go? Why things are what they are?

William Golding
A single drop of water that had escaped Piggy's fingers now flashed on the delicate curve like a star.

A single drop of water that had escaped Piggy's fingers now flashed on the delicate curve like a star.

William Golding