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  • TV announcer: But some boys still boycott the barbershops. Here you see a mop-up squad at work on one of these messy know-it-alls. It all goes to show: law enforcement can be fun!


  • Clarisse: One more question.
    Montag: Another one?
    Clarisse: Just a little tiny one.
    Montag: What is it?
    Clarisse: Do you ever read the books you burn?
    Montag: Why should I? First, I’m not interested; second, I’ve better things to do; and third, it is forbidden.
    Clarisse: Of course! Are you happy?
    Montag: What? Of course I’m happy…


  • Montag: To learn how to find, one must first learn how to hide.


  • Clarisse: Tell me, why do you burn books?
    Montag: What? Well, it's a job like any other. Good work with lots of variety. Monday, we burn Miller; Tuesday, Tolstoy; Wednesday, Walt Whitman; Friday, Faulkner; and Saturday and Sunday, Schopenhauer and Satre. "We burn them to ashes and then burn the ashes." that's our official motto.
    Montag: What? Well, it's a job like any other. Good work with lots of variety. Monday, we burn Miller; Tuesday, Tolstoy, Wednesday, Walt Whitman, Friday, Faulkner; and Saturday and Sunday, Schopenhauer and Satre. 'We burn them to ashes and then burn the ashes.' that's our official motto.


  • Clarisse: Is it true that a long time ago firemen used to put out fire and not burn books?
    Montag: Really, your uncle is right. You are light in the head. "Put fires out"? Who told you that?
    Montag: Really, your uncle is right. You are light in the head. 'Put fires out?' Who told you that?
    Clarisse: I don't know. Someone. But is it true?
    Montag: What a strange idea. Houses have always been fireproof.
    Clarisse: Ours isn't.
    Montag: Well, then, it should be condemned one of these days. It has to be destroyed and you will have to move to a house that is fireproof.
    Clarisse: Too bad.


  • Clarisse: Tell me, that number you all wear, what's it mean?
    Montag: Oh, fahrenheit 451.
    Clarisse: Why 451 rather than 813 or 121?
    Montag: Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper catches fire and starts to burn.


  • Clarisse: Even with my eyes closed, I could tell what you do for a job.
    Montag: Because of the smell of kerosene?
    Clarisse: Huh.
    Montag: Quite a scent, isn't it? My wife doesn't like it very much. She says it lingers. I don't mind. I think of it as a... perfume.


  • Clarisse: My uncle says I am a veritable well of words.
    Montag: Has this uncle of yours ever warned you never to speak to strangers?
    Clarisse: No. He did say once if anyone asked how old I was to say I was twenty years old and light in the head. They always go together.
    Montag: "Light in the head"?
    Montag: 'Light in the head'?
    Clarisse: Mmm. Loopy. Crazy. Anyway, you don't frighten me.


  • Captain: What does Montag do with his day off duty?
    Montag: Not very much, sir. Mow the lawn.
    Captain: And what if the law forbids that?
    Montag: Just watch it grow, sir.
    Captain: Uh-huh. Good.


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