Sunday, October 5, 2014

Wisdom from Ray Bradbury, via Granger

I attended four years of AP English at a stellar public high school, and I have a degree in literature from a Presbyterian liberal arts college and was still never made to read Fahrenheit 451.  I'm closing the huge gaps in my education.  Toni Morrison comes next.

Granger turned to Montag.  "Grandfather's been dead all these years, but if you lifted my skull, by God, in the convolutions of my brain you'd find the big ridges of his thumbprint.  He touched me.  As I said earlier, he was a sculptor. 'I hate a Roman named Status Quo!' he said to me.  'Stuff your eyes with wonder,' he said, 'live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds.  See the world.  It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.  Ask no guarantees, ask for no security, there never was such an animal.  And if there was, it would be related to the great sloth which hangs upside down in a tree all day every day, sleeping its life away.  To hell with that,' he said, 'shake the tree and knock the great sloth down on his ass.'"

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