But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.— Aldous Huxley
Promising Brave New World Character quotations
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.
To take arms against a sea of troubles.
Hug me till you drug me, honey; Kiss me till I'm in a coma.
If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.
All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny.
Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning, truth and beauty can't.
When the individual feels, the community reels.
All right then," said the Savage defiantly, "I'm claiming the right to be unhappy.
But every one belongs to every one else
We can't allow science to undo its own good work.
We don't want to change. Every change is a menace to stability.
I'd rather be myself," he said. "Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly.
What man has joined, nature is powerless to put asunder.
All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.
"But that's the price we have to pay for stability.
You've got to choose between happiness and what people used to call high art. We've sacrificed the high art.
We are not our own any more than what we possess is our own.
We did not make ourselves, we cannot be supreme over ourselves. We are not our own masters.
Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery.
You've got to be hurt and upset; otherwise you can't think of the really good, penetrating, X-rayish phrases.
One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder and symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable, to inflict upon our enemies.
Lying in bed, he would think of Heaven and London.
The greater a man's talents, the greater his power to lead astray.
A love of nature keeps no factories busy.
Those who feel themselves despised do well to look despising.
For particulars, as everyone knows, make for virtue and happiness;
generalities are intellectually necessary evils. Not philosophers but fretsawyers and stamp collectors compose the backbone of society.
People believe in God because they've been conditioned to believe in God.
Value dwells not in particular will; It holds his estimate and dignity As well wherein 'tis precious of itself As in the prizer.
Some kinds of baseness are nobly undergone.
God in the safe and Ford on the shelves.
You all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford's: History is bunk.
It is natural to believe in God when you're alone-- quite alone, in the night, thinking about death.
While he was drunk asleep, or in his rage, or in the incestuous pleasure of his bed.
Works like 'Brave New World' and 'The Handmaiden's Tale' develop their atmosphere from a movement or a revolution, as if the world has ended and has come out to this other side. When I wrote 'The Bad Batch,' I thought that the world outside the gates that confine the 'bad' characters is simply our world today.
And there's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past, you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears-that's what soma is.