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Anthem Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Anthem
  1. #1
    “But we loved the Science of Things. We wished to know. We wished to know about all the things which make the earth around us. We asked so many questions that the Teachers forbade it.”
  2. #2
    “We sat still and we held our breath. For our face and our body were beautiful. Our face was not like the faces of our brothers, for we felt no pity when looking upon it. Our body was not like the bodies of our brothers, for our limbs were straight and thin and hard and strong. And we thought that we could trust this being who looked upon us from the stream, and that we had nothing to fear with this being.”
  3. #3
    “Dare not choose in your minds the work you would like to do when you leave the Home of the Students. You shall do that which the Council of Vocations shall prescribe for you.”
  4. #4
    “We are old now, yet we were young this morning, when we carried our glass box through the streets of the City to the Home of the Scholars.”
  5. #5
    “It is my mind which thinks, and the judgment of my mind is the only searchlight that can find the truth.”
  6. #6
    “There is fear hanging in the air of the sleeping halls, and in the air of the streets. Fear walks through the City, fear without name, without shape. All men feel it and none dare to speak.”
  1. #7
    “But what is freedom? Freedom from what? There is nothing to take a man’s freedom away from him, save other men. To be free, a man must be free of his brothers. That is freedom. That and nothing else.”
  2. #8
    “No single one can possess greater wisdom than the many Scholars who are elected by all men for their wisdom. Yet we can. We do.”
  3. #9
    “And we heard suddenly that we were laughing, laughing aloud, laughing as if there were no power left in us save laughter.”
  4. #10
    “It is a sin to write this. It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see. It is base and evil. It is as if we were speaking alone to no ears but our own. And we know well that there is no transgression blacker than to do or think alone.”
  5. #11
    “And my happiness needs no higher aim to vindicate it. My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.”
  6. #12
    “There was no pain in their eyes and no knowledge of the agony of their body. There was only joy in them, and pride, a pride holier than it is fit for human pride to be.”

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  1. #13
    “I wished to know the meaning of things. I am the meaning.”
  2. #14
    “We are one in all and all in one.
    There are no men but only the great WE,
    One, indivisible and forever.”
  3. #15
    “We strive to be like all our brother men, for all men must be alike.”
  4. #16
    “Many men in the Homes of the Scholars have had strange new ideas in the past . . . but when the majority of their brother Scholars voted against them, they abandoned their ideas, as all men must.”
  5. #17
    “I am. I think. I will.”
  6. #18
    “But I still wonder how it was possible, in those graceless years of transition, long ago, that men did not see whither they were going, and went on, in blindness and cowardice, to their fate.”
  7. #19
    “But here, in our tunnel, we feel it no longer. The air is pure under the ground. There is no odor of men. And these three hours give us strength for our hours above the ground.”
  8. #20
    “We opened our eyes, lying on our stomach on the brick floor of a cell. We looked upon two hands lying far before us on the bricks, and we moved them, and we knew that they were our hands.”
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