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Brave New World Literary Quotes(1932) - Aldous HuxleyRating Mail
"They say somebody made a mistake when he was still in the bottle–thought he was a Gamma and put alcohol into his blood-surrogate. That's why he's so stunted."
[- Rumor as explained by Fanny Crowne as to why Alpha-Plus Bernard Marx looked and acted odd. Chapter 3]
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Bokanovsky's process is one of the major instruments of social stability!
[- A reference to the importance that the World State attaches to human cloning. Chapter 1]
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"Ninety-six identical twins working ninety-six identical machines!" The voice was almost tremulous with enthusiasm. "You really know where you are. For the first time in history." He quoted the planetary motto. "Community, Identity, Stability." Grand words. "If we could bokanovskify indefinitely the whole problem would be solved."
[- Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning (DHC) for Central London. Chapter 1]
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At the end of the room a loud speaker projected from the wall. The Director walked up to it and pressed a switch.
"… all wear green," said a soft but very distinct voice, beginning in the middle of a sentence, "and Delta Children wear khaki. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. I'm so glad I'm a Beta."
There was a pause; then the voice began again.
"Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm really awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid. They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They're too stupid to be able …"
The Director pushed back the switch. The voice was silent. Only its thin ghost continued to mutter from beneath the eighty pillows.
"They'll have that repeated forty or fifty times more before they wake; then again on Thursday, and again on Saturday. A hundred and twenty times three times a week for thirty months. After which they go on to a more advanced lesson."
[Chapter 2]
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And home was as squalid psychically as physically. Psychically, it was a rabbit hole, a midden, hot with the frictions of tightly packed life, reeking with emotion. What suffocating intimacies, what dangerous, insane, obscene relationships between the members of the family group! Maniacally, the mother brooded over her children (her children) … brooded over them like a cat over its kittens; but a cat that could talk, a cat that could say, "My baby, my baby," over and over again. "My baby, and oh, oh, at my breast, the little hands, the hunger, and that unspeakable agonizing pleasure! Till at last my baby sleeps, my baby sleeps with a bubble of white milk at the corner of his mouth. My little baby sleeps …"
"Yes," said Mustapha Mond, nodding his head, "you may well shudder."
[Chapter 3]
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Every one belongs to every one else.
[- Government slogan encouraging sociability and sexual promiscuity. Chapter 3]
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Mother, monogamy, romance. High spurts the fountain; fierce and foamy the wild jet. The urge has but a single outlet. My love, my baby. No wonder these poor pre-moderns were mad and wicked and miserable. Their world didn't allow them to take things easily, didn't allow them to be sane, virtuous, happy. What with mothers and lovers, what with the prohibitions they were not conditioned to obey, what with the temptations and the lonely remorses, what with all the diseases and the endless isolating pain, what with the uncertainties and the poverty–they were forced to feel strongly. And feeling strongly (and strongly, what was more, in solitude, in hopelessly individual isolation), how could they be stable?
[Chapter 3]
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"Stability," said the Controller, "stability. No civilization without social stability. No social stability without individual stability."
[- Refers to mass use of soma to create "stable" citizens who conform to societal norms. Chapter 3]
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Impulse arrested spills over, and the flood is feeling, the flood is passion, the flood is even madness: it depends on the force of the current, the height and strength of the barrier. The unchecked stream flows smoothly down its appointed channels into a calm well-being. (The embryo is hungry; day in, day out, the blood-surrogate pump unceasingly turns its eight hundred revolutions a minute. The decanted infant howls; at once a nurse appears with a bottle of external secretion. Feeling lurks in that interval of time between desire and its consummation. Shorten that interval, break down all those old unnecessary barriers.
[Chapter 3]
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"Ford's in his flivver," murmured the D.H.C. "All's well with the world."
[Chapter 3]
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"Sleep teaching was actually prohibited in England. There was something called liberalism. Parliament, if you know what that was, passed a law against it. The records survive. Speeches about liberty of the subject. Liberty to be inefficient and miserable. Freedom to be a round peg in a square hole."
[- Mustapha Mond. Chapter 3]
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One hundred repetitions three nights a week for four years, thought Bernard Marx, who was a specialist on hypnopædia. Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth. Idiots!
[- Bernard Marx's comments on the preceding slogan and an analysis on the effects of state-sponsored sleep teaching. Chapter 3]
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All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.
[- About soma. Chapter 3]
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I do love new Clothes.
[- A message promoting consumerism. Chapter 3]
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(CH3)C6H2(NO2)3 + Hg(CNO)2 = well, what? An enormous hole in the ground, a pile of masonry, some bits of flesh and mucus, a foot, with the boot still on it, flying through the air and landing, flop, in the middle of the geraniums–the scarlet ones; such a splendid show that summer!
[Chapter 3]
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A gramme is better than a damn.
[- Slogan encouraging use of the fictional narcotic soma. Chapter 3]
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One cubic centimetre cures ten gloomy sentiments.
[- Slogan encouraging people not to dwell on gloomy thoughts, but to obliterate them with the fictional narcotic, soma. Chapter 3]
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Ending is better than mending. The more stitches, the less riches.
[- A government slogan encouraging people to throw away old possessions and buy new ones, thus theoretically keeping the global economy strong. Chapter 3]
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"Suffer little children..."
[Chapter 3]
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Every one works for every one else. We can't do without any one. Even Epsilons are useful. We couldn't do without Epsilons. Every one works for every one else. We can't do without any one.
[Chapter 5]
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Bottle of mine, it's you I've always wanted!
Bottle of mine, why was I ever decanted?
Skies are blue inside of you
The weather's always fine;
For
There ain't no Bottle in all the world
Like that dear little Bottle of mine.
[- Lyrics of a popular computer-generated song referring to how babies are artificially gestated. Chapter 5]
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Feel how the Greater Being comes!
Rejoice and, in rejoicing die!
Melt in the music of the drums!
For I am you and you are I.
[- Third Solidarity Hymn. Chapter 5]
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Orgy-porgy, Ford and fun,
Kiss the girls and make them One.
Boys at one with girls at peace;
Orgy-porgy gives release.
[Chapter 5]
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A gramme in time saves nine.
[- Slogan encouraging use of soma. Chapter 6]
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"Don't you wish you were free, Lenina?"
"I don't know what you mean. I am free. Free to have the most wonderful time. Everybody's happy nowadays."
[Chapter 6]
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