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A collection of Sir William Gerald Golding quotes about women, books, writing, men, language, feminism, ideas, love and much more.

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

Quick Facts

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.

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.

William Golding

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.

William Golding

The greatest ideas are the simplest.

William Golding

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?

William Golding

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!

William Golding

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?

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.

William Golding

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.

William Golding

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.

William Golding

Which is better--to have laws and agree, or to hunt and kill?

William Golding

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

William Golding

People don't help much.

William Golding

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

William Golding

I am by nature an optimist and by intellectual conviction a pessimist.

William Golding

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.

William Golding

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.

William Golding

Language fits over experience like a straight jacket.

William Golding

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

William Golding

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.

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...

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.

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 you don't blow, we'll soon be animals anyway.

William Golding

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.

William Golding

Worse than madness. Sanity.

William Golding

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

William Golding

We're not savages. We're English.

William Golding

Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!

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.

William Golding

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

William Golding

You'll get back to where you came from.

William Golding

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

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.

William Golding

At the moment of vision, the eyes see nothing.

William Golding

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.

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.

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.

William Golding

Are we savages or what?

William Golding

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

William Golding

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

William Golding

What kind of human person has a favorite eraser?

William Golding

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

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.

William Golding

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

William Golding

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

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.

William Golding

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.

William Golding

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.

William Golding

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.

William Golding

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.

William Golding

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

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.

William Golding

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

William Golding

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...

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?

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.

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.

William Golding

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.

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.

William Golding

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

William Golding

If only one had time to think!

William Golding

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.

William Golding

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.

William Golding

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?

William Golding

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.

William Golding

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.

William Golding

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?

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.

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?

William Golding

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.

William Golding

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?

William Golding

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

William Golding