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91 Inspiring Quotes by William Golding

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

Welcome to our collection of quotes by William Golding.

Wikipedia Summary for William Golding

Sir William Gerald Golding, (19 September 1911 – 19 June 1993) was a British novelist, playwright, and poet. Best known for his debut novel Lord of the Flies (1954), he published another twelve volumes of fiction in his lifetime. In 1980, he was awarded the Booker Prize for Rites of Passage, the first novel in what became his sea trilogy, To the Ends of the Earth. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1983.

As a result of his contributions to literature, Golding was knighted in 1988. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2008, The Times ranked Golding third on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".


rock formation in body of water

Now to be precise. I had seen the whole building as an image of living, praying man. But inside it was a richly written book to instruct that man.

--William Golding


person sleeping on gray gang chair

I was the only boy in our school what had asthma," said the fat boy with a touch of pride. "And I've been wearing specs since I was three.

--William Golding


brown and black butterfly on pink flower

If you... scaled down human beings, scaled down society, if you land with a group of little boys, they are more like a scaled-down version of society than a group of little girls would be.

--William Golding


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

--William Golding



brown and gray mountains during daytime

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

--William Golding


elephants on green grass field during daytime

No human endeavour can ever be wholly good… it must always have a cost.

--William Golding

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When I wrote 'Lord of the Flies' -- I had no idea it would even get published.

--William Golding

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

--William Golding

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

--William Golding

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I'd rather there wasn't an afterlife, really. I'd much rather not be me for thousands of years.

--William Golding

man in black pants sitting on chair

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

--William Golding

sunflowers

At the moment of vision, the eyes see nothing.

--William Golding

white and yellow flowers during daytime

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

--William Golding

blue sky with white clouds

Honestly, I haven't the time to read contemporary writers. I know this is awful, but in the main it is true.

--William Golding

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We have a disharmony in our natures. We cannot live together without injuring each other.

--William Golding



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Then you have people coming up like Malcolm Bradbury, a relatively young writer who deals with the academic scene and deals with it, I think, brilliantly.

--William Golding

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The deep sea breaking miles away on the reef made an undertone less perceptible than the susurration of the blood.

--William Golding

Longer Version:

Utopias are presented for our inspection as a critique of the human state. If they are to be treated as anything but trivial exercises of the imagination. I suggest there is a simple test we can apply. We must forget the whole paraphernalia of social description, demonstration, expostulation, approbation, condemnation. We have to say to ourselves, How would I myself live in this proposed society? How long would it be before I went stark staring mad?


white brick wall

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

--William Golding


man raising arms between greenfield

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

--William Golding


forest at sunset

He noticed, without understanding, how the flames were visible now against the dull light. Evening was come, not with calm beauty but with the threat of violence.

--William Golding

orange and blue abstract painting

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

orange moon during nighttime

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

--William Golding


brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime

History is the nothing people write about a nothing.

--William Golding

black and gray floral textile

I think they've got 250 languages in Nigeria, and so English is a sort of lingua franca between the 250 languages.

--William Golding


woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime

I am here; and here is nowhere in particular.

--William Golding


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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

bird on pier

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

pink cherry blossom tree under blue sky during daytime

An orotundity, which I define as Nobelitis a pomposity in which one is treated as representative of more than oneself by someone conscious of representing more than himself.

--William Golding


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We need an assembly, not for cleverness, but for setting things straight.

--William Golding


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With lack of sleep and too much understanding I grow a little crazy, I think, like all men at sea who live too close to each other and too close thereby to all that is monstrous under the sun and moon.

--William Golding

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Man produces evil as a bee produces honey.

--William Golding

river in the middle of green and yellow mountains

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

--William Golding

green trees under blue sky at daytime

What could be safer than the bus center with its lamps and wheels?

--William Golding




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

--William Golding

dew drops on glass panel

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

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It's simpler to believe in a miracle.

--William Golding

green trees on brown dried leaves during daytime

My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.

--William Golding

calm ocean

To be in a world which is a hell, to be of that world and neither to believe in or guess at anything but that world is not merely hell but the only possible damnation: the act of a man damning himself. It may be.

--William Golding





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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

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En büyük düşünceler, en basit olanlarıdır.

--William Golding

gray asphalt road

People don't help much.

--William Golding





pink and white abstract painting

Maybe half a dozen think they are a community, but, in general terms, I think English writers tend to face outwards, away from each other, and write in their own patch, as it were.

--William Golding

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What kind of human person has a favorite eraser?

--William Golding


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We just got to go on, that's all. That's what grownups would do.

--William Golding


two mugs of brown liquids

You'll get back to where you came from.

--William Golding

person on road at sunset

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

--William Golding

rock formation under starry skies

I am optimistic when I consider the spiritual dimension which the scientist's discipline forces him to ignore.

--William Golding

yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime

How would I myself live in this proposed society? How long would it be before I went stark staring mad?

--William Golding


man standing on cliff under white sky

The Navy's a very gentlemanly business. You fire at the horizon to sink a ship and then you pull people out of the water and say, 'Frightfully sorry, old chap.'

--William Golding

yellow painted wall

Couldn't a fire outrun a galloping horse?

--William Golding

white and yellow flowers during daytime

Serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies!

--William Golding

gray wooden house on green plains near mountain range at daytime

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

--William Golding


purple flowers under sunny sky

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



sunset

How can you expect to be rescued if you don't put first things first and act proper?

--William Golding

white petaled flowers beside gray wall

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

person cooking on seashore

Heaven lies around us in our infancy.

--William Golding

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What a man does defiles him, not what is done by others.

--William Golding

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