"And we thought suddenly that there was a great satisfaction to be found in the food which we need and obtain by our own hand."
I chose this quote because it made me realize that you feel much better when you do things yourself. There is always that little satisfaction, that feeling of accomplishment, and the thought of "I did it!"
In his life, Equality never had to obtain food by his own hand and he never thought he would have to do it. So, when he hit the bird and ate it he said, "and we thought suddenly that there was a great satisfaction to be found in the food which we need and obtain by our own hand." Which in other words means that he feels satisfied for doing something he thought he wasn't capable of.
"Only the glass box in our arms is like a living heart that gives us strength. We have lied to ourselves. We have not built this box for the good of our brothers. We built it for its own sake."
I chose this quote because it says a true statement, sometimes people lie not to others, but to themselves. They keep lying to the point they have convinced themselves that whatever they are saying is true. This is the case of Equality, he knew the box was important to him, and that to him, it meant the world. In his society he can't think for himself, neither be selfish. So, he lied to others to convince himself that the box was a present to all mankind and not only him. He was trying to convince himself he was not being that selfish and that he was not breaking another law.
I believe that the truth is always best. In my opinion, Equality should just have admitted that the box had a sentimental value to him. He did not need to pretend he had done it for the world because once he did that, the box became less important to him and he almost lost it for a simple lie which he kept telling himself. Overall, I think none ends up wining when they tell lies, especially to themselves.