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'Brave New World' Quotes

Aldous Huxley's Famous Novel - Classic Text

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Brave New World

Brave New World

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Brave New World is a novel by Aldous Huxley. This famous (and controversial) work deals with issues of technological advancements, sexuality, and individuality--in a dehumanizing society. Here are a few quotes from the novel.

  • "Community, Identity, Stability" - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 1
     
  • "The operation undergone voluntarily for the good of Society, not to mention the fact that it carries a bonus amounting to six months' salary." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 1
     
  • "And that," put in the Director sententiously, "that is the secret of happiness and virtue-liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 1
     
  • "What man has joined, nature is powerless to put asunder." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 2
     
  • "These," he said gravely, "are unpleasant facts; I know it. But then most historical facts are unpleasant." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 2
     
  • "Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm 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 to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly color. I'm so glad I'm a Beta." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 2
     
  • "Till at last the child's mind is these suggestions, and the sum of the suggestions is the child's mind. And not the child's mind only. The adult's mind too-all his life long. The mind that judges and desire and decides-made up of these suggestions. But all these suggestions are our suggestions... Suggestions from the State." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 2
     
  • "In the lift, on their way up to the changing rooms, Henry Foster and the Assistant Director of Predestination rather pointedly turned their backs on Bernard Marx from the Psychology Bureau: averted themselves from that unsavory reputation." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 3
     
  • "You all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford's: History is bunk."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 3
     
  • "Those who feel themselves despised do well to look despising. The smile on Bernard Marx's face was contemptuous." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 3
     
  • "Ending is better than mending. The more stitches, the less riches." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 3
     
  • "All of the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 3
     
  • "The mockery made him feel an outsider; and feeling an outsider he behaved like one, which increased the prejudice against him and intensified the contempt and hostility aroused by his physical defects. Which in turn increased his sense of being alien and alone. A chronic fear of being slighted made him avoid his equals, made him stand, where his inferiors were concerned, self-consciously on his dignity." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 4
     
  • "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." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 5
     
  • "Ford, we are twelve; oh make us one, Like drops within the Social River; Oh, make us now together run As swiftly as thy shining Flivver. Come, Greater Being, Social Friend, Annihilating Twelve-in-One! We long to die, for when we end, Our larger life has but begun."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 5
     
  • "One cubic centimeter cures ten gloomy sentiments." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 6
     
  • "A gramme is better than a damn." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 6
     
  • "When the individual feels, the community reels." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 6
     
  • "Cleanliness is next to fordliness." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 7
     
  • "Yes, and civilization is sterilization." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 7
     
  • "Lying in bed, he would think of Heaven and London and Our Lady of Acoma and the rows and rows of babies in clean bottles and Jesus flying up and Linda flying up and the great Director of World hatcheries and Awonawilona." - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 8
     
  • "The greater a man's talents, the greater his power to lead astray. It is better that one should suffer than that many should be corrupted. Consider the matter dispassionately, Mr. Foster, and you will see that no offense is so heinous as unorthodoxy of behavior. Murder kills only the individual-and, after all, what is an individual?" - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 10

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