Hug me till you drug me, honey; Kiss me till I'm in a coma.— Aldous Huxley
Dreamy Brave New World Consumerism quotations
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
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.
In a word, they failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions.
Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery.
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.
The greater a man's talents, the greater his power to lead astray.
A love of nature keeps no factories busy.
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.
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.
"Consider the matter dispassionately, Mr.
Foster, and you will see that no offence is so heinous as unorthodoxy of behaviour. Murder kills only the individual- and after all, wha is an individual? ". . . ." We can make a new one with the greatest of ease- as many as we like. Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself."