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Lord of The Flies Quotes to Help You Understand Why Humans Need Structure

Whether you’ve read the book or not, these Lord of the Flies quotes will remind you of why we need structure and rules, even if we may not always want to follow them.

The 1954 novel by William Golding is still being read in classrooms today. Why? It’s an epic tale that talks about what humans do when they do not have structure or a governing body to facilitate them.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like without the rule of law?

As young boys end up stranded on an island, they are excited for the freedom to live without others telling them what to do. But, without adults present, children — and people in general — learn that they can and will quickly become savages.

These Lord of the Flies quotes will leave you on the edge of your seat, and if anything, make you feel grateful that government and adults exist, even if they may not always do the best job of it.

Also check out these Fahrenheit 451 quotes on censorship, society, and more.

Lord of the Flies Quotes on Government

1. “Which is better — to be a pack of painted Indians like you are, or to be sensible like Ralph is? Which is better — to have rules and agree, or to hunt and kill? Which is better, law and rescue, or hunting and breaking things up?” ― William Golding

2. “The world, that understandable and lawful world, was slipping away. Once there was this and that; and now-and the ship had gone.” ― William Golding

3. “Grownups know things,” said Piggy. “They ain’t afraid of the dark. They’d meet and have tea and discuss. Then things ’ud be all right.” ― William Golding

4. “[The boys] found themselves eager to take a place in this demented but partly secure society. They were glad to touch the brown backs of the fence that hemmed in the terror [of the

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