William Golding Quotes

11 William Golding quotes:

"Among the virtues and vices that make up the British character, we have one vice, at least, that Americans ought to view with sympathy. For they appear to be the only people who share it with us. I mean our worship of the antique. I do not refer to beauty or even historical association. I refer to age, to a quantity of years."
"What a man does defiles him, not what is done by others."
"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."
"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."
"Language fits over experience like a straight-jacket."
"Childhood is a disease - a sickness that you grow out of."
"He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience."
"Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind."
"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."
"My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder."
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"It was at a particular moment in the history of my own rages that I saw the Western world conditioned by the images of Marx, Darwin and Freud; and Marx, Darwin and Freud are the three most crashing bores of the Western world. The simplistic popularization of their ideas has thrust our world into a mental straitjacket from which we can only escape by the most anarchic violence."

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