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'Lord of the Flies' Quotes

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The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, was first published in 1954. This tale of schoolboys stranded on a desert island is the best-known work by Golding. The novel is now sometimes compared to The Cacher in the Rye as one of the popular books for high school and college students. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

Lord of the Flies Quotes

  • "They used to call me Piggy!'" - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 1

    Discussion: He had first said: "I don't care what they call me... so long as they don't call me what they used to call me in school."
     
  • "The creature was a party of boys, marching..."  - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 1
     
  • "'You're no good on a job like this.'" - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 1
     
  • "Ralph sat on a fallen trunk, his left side to the sun. On his right were most of the choir; on his left the larger boys who had not known each other before...before him small children squatted in the grass." - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 2
     
  • "'Have you got any matches?'" - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 2
     
  • "'We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages. We're English, and the English are best at everything.'"
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 2
     
  • "'You got your small fire all right.'"
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 2
     
  • "The candle-buds opened their wide white flowers... Their scent spilled out into the air and took possession of the island."
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch.3
     
  • "Here, invisible yet strong, was the taboo of the old life."
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 4
     
  • "He began to dance and his laughter became a bloodthirsty snarling."
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 4
     
  • "'I painted my face--I stole up. Now you eat--all of you--and I--'"
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 4
     
  • "Piggy, for all his ludicrous body, had brains. Ralph was a specialist in thought now, and could recognize thought in another."
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 5
     
  • "Serve you right if something did get you, you useless lot of cry-babies!"
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 5
     
  • "Daddy said they haven't found all the animals in the sea yet."
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 5
     
  • "'Maybe there is a beast....maybe it's only us.'"
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 5
     
  • "The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away."
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 5
     
  • "'You'll get back to where you came from.'"
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 7
     
  • "'Kill the pig! Cut his throat! Kill the pig! Bash him in!'"
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 7
     
  • "'This head is for the beast. It's a gift.'"
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 8
     
  • "'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, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 8
     
  • "'You're not wanted..."
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 8
     
  • "'Kill the beast! Cut his throat! Spill his blood!'"
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 9
     
  • "They were glad to touch the brown backs of the fence that hemmed in the terror and made it governable."
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 9
     
  • "There were no words, and no movements but the tearing of teeth and claws."
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 9
     
  • "surrounded by a fringe of inquisitive bright creatures, itself a silver shape beneath the steadfast constellations, Simon's dead body moved out toward the open sea." Ch. 9
     
  • "We was on the outside. We never done nothing, we never seen nothing."
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch.10
     
  • "You can't tell what he might do."
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 10
     
  • "What could be safer than the bus center with its lamps and wheels?" Ch. 10
     
  • "'It's come... It's real!'"
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 10
     
  • "'This is 'jus talk... I want my glasses.'"
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 11
     
  • "'after all we aren't savages really...'"
    - William Golding, Lord of the Flies, Ch. 11
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