Inspirational William Golding Quotes

William Golding (19 September 1911 – 19 June 1993) was a British novelist, playwright, and poet. This post features some Inspirational William Golding Quotes.

William Golding is best known for his novel Lord of the Flies, he won a Nobel Prize in Literature, and was also awarded the Booker Prize for literature in 1980 for his novel Rites of Passage, the first book in what became his sea trilogy, To the Ends of the Earth.

William Golding Quotes
William Golding Quotes

William Golding Quotes

“The greatest ideas are the simplest.”
― William Golding

“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us.”
― William Golding

“The thing is – fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream.”
― William Golding

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

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

“Art is partly communication, but only partly. The rest is discovery.”
― 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

“At the moment of vision, the eyes see nothing.”
― 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

“You’ll get back to where you came from.”
― 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

“What are we? Humans? Or animals? Or savages?”
― William Golding

“Which is better–to have laws and agree, or to hunt and kill?”
― William Golding

“Worse than madness. Sanity.”
― 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

“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

“My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.”
― William Golding

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

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

“If faces were different when lit from above or below — what was a face? What was anything?”
― William Golding

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

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

“Sucks to your ass-mar!”
William Golding quotes

“I am here; and here is nowhere in particular.”
― 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

“People don’t help much.”
― William Golding

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

“Language fits over experience like a straight jacket.”
― William Golding

“The mask was a thing on it’s own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-conciousness.”
― William Golding

“The rules!” shouted Ralph, “you’re breaking the rules!”
“Who cares?”
― William Golding

“He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.”
― 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 quotes

“Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind’s essential illness.”
― William Golding

“There have been so many interpretations of the story that I’m not going to choose between them. Make your own choice. They contradict each other, the various choices. The only choice that really matters, the only interpretation of the story, if you want one, is your own.”
― William Golding

“His mind was crowded with memories; memories of the knowledge that had come to them when they closed in on the struggling pig, knowledge that they had outwitted a living thing, imposed their will upon it, taken away its life like a long satisfying drink.”
― William Golding

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