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35 Inspirational William Golding Quotes On Success

Last Updated May 2023

35 Inspirational William Golding Quotes On Success

Sir William Gerald Golding, CBE FRSL was a British novelist, playwright, and poet. Best known for his debut novel Lord of the Flies (1954), he would go on to publish 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”. William Golding was born in his maternal grandmother’s house, 47 Mount Wise, Newquay, Cornwall. The house was known as Karenza, the Cornish language word for love, and he spent many childhood holidays there. He grew up in Marlborough, Wiltshire, where his father (Alec Golding) was a science master at Marlborough Grammar School (1905 to retirement), the school the young Golding and his elder brother Joseph attended. His mother, Mildred (Curnoe), kept house at 29, The Green, Marlborough, and was a campaigner for female suffrage. Golding’s mother, who was Cornish and whom he considered “a superstitious Celt”, used to tell him old Cornish ghost stories from her own childhood. In 1930 Golding went to Brasenose College, Oxford, where he read Natural Sciences for two years before transferring to English for his final two years. His original tutor was the chemist Thomas Taylor. May these William Golding Quotes On Success inspire you to take action so that you may live your dreams.

1. “We just got to go on, that’s all. That’s what grownups would do.” William Golding

2. “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

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

4. “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

5. “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

6. “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

7. “Childhood is a disease – a sickness that you grow out of.” William Golding

8. “Art is partly communication, but only partly. The rest is discovery.” William Golding

9. “When you take a child who’s hollering like hell, sit him on your knee, and say “once upon a time”, you stop him hollering. As long as you go on telling him a story, he will listen. Novelists who neglect this fundamental effect do so at their peril. They become what is known as the experimental novelist, and an experimental novel is not really a novel at all.” William Golding

10. “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?” William Golding

11. “No human endeavour can ever be wholly good, it must always have a cost.” William Golding

12. “However you disguise novels, they are always biographies.” William Golding

13. “What a man does defiles him, not what is done by others.” William Golding

14. “I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.” William Golding

15. “I will tell you what man is. He is a freak, an ejected foetus robbed of his natural development, thrown out into the world with a naked covering of parchment, with too little room for his teeth and a soft bulging skull like a bubble. But nature stirs a pudding there.” William Golding

16. “Even if you got rid of paper, you would still have story-tellers. In fact, you had the story-tellers before you had the paper.” William Golding

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

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

19. “A crowd of grade-three thinkers, all shouting the same thing, all warming their hands at the fire of their own prejudices, will not thank you for pointing out the contradictions in their beliefs. Man is a gregarious animal, and enjoys agreement as cows will graze all the same way on the side of a hill.” William Golding

20. “But forgiveness must not only be given but received also.” William Golding

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

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

23. “I began to see what people were capable of doing. Anyone who moved through those years without understanding that man produces evil as a bee produces honey, must have been blind or wrong in the head.” William Golding

24. “I do think that art that doesn’t communicate is useless.” William Golding

25. “Before the Second World War I believed in the perfectibility of social man, that a correct structure of society would produce goodwill, and that therefore you could remove all social ills by a reorganisation of society.  But after the war I did not because I was unable to. I had discovered what one man could do to another, I must say that anyone who moved through those years without understanding that man produces evil as a bee produces honey, must have been blind or wrong in the head.” William Golding

26. “I am not a theologian or a philosopher. I am a story teller.” William Golding

27. “I am by nature an optimist and by intellectual conviction a pessimist.” William Golding

28. “I hope my books make statements about our general condition.” William Golding

29. “Consider a man riding a bicycle. Whoever he is, we can say three things about him. We know he got on the bicycle and started to move. We know that at some point he will stop and get off. Most important of all, we know that if at any point between the beginning and the end of his journey he stops moving and does not get off the bicycle he will fall off it. That is a metaphor for the journey through life of any living thing, and I think of any society of living things.” William Golding

30. “At the moment of vision, the eyes see nothing.” William Golding

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

32. “We have a disharmony in our natures. We cannot live together without injuring each other.” William Golding

33. “I wouldn’t have thought that the techniques of story-telling, which is what the novel is after all, can vary much because there are two things involved.There’s a story and there’s a listener, whose attention you have to keep. Now the only way in which you can keep a reader’s attention to a story is in his wanting to know what is going to happen next. This puts a fairly close restriction on the method you must use.” William Golding

34. “How can you expect to be rescued if you don’t put first things first and act proper?” William Golding

35. “Life should serve up its feast of experience in a series of courses.” William Golding

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