“It was a pleasure to burn.” (Pg. 9)
This society has manipulated people like Montag into enjoying the feeling of doing this sort of act.
“We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought.” (Pg. 81)
Has a mindset that those who have free thought are problems to this new society.
“We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam.” (Pg. 108)
The people only live on what they already know instead of growing in a more efficient way such as through education/knowledge.
“So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life.” (Pg. 108)
Books show the details (problems and inconsistencies) of society in which encourages people to think independently and stray from society’s expected thought process.
“They are so confident that they will run on forever. But they won’t run on. They don’t know that this is all one huge big blazing meteor that makes a pretty fire in space, but that someday it’ll have to hit.”
Although everyone may accept the burning of the books at the moment, people will begin to realise the problems with society one day and rebel like Montag has.
“Do you ever read any of the books you burn?” He laughed. “That’s against the law!” “Oh. Of course.” (Pg. 15)
Books are the source of information and the basis of ideas. Through this, books became illegal in order to stop the spread of open thinking.
“Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned full of “facts” they feel stuffed, but absolutely “brilliant” with information.” (Pg. 80)
They feed the people information that does not serve any purpose in their mind, however satisfies them enough to not question their lack of knowledge.
“No, houses have always been fireproof, take my word for it.” (Pg. 15)
Society has censored a fireman’s true purpose and the history of their job.
“It didn’t come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God.” (Pg. 76)
Censorship was created through people’s choice.
“It’s not books you need, it’s some of the things that once were in books… The same infinite detail and awareness could be projected through the radios and televisors, but are not.” (Pg. 107)
Montag believes that he needs books, however, he simply wants to feel genuine emotion in human experiences which can also be depicted in many other different types of media, not just books.
“Coloured people don’t like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don’t feel good about Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Burn it. Someone’s written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book.” (Pg. 78)
Due to the controversy made because of books, censorship is created in order to make everyone happy.