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  • In a word, they failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")

  • A man can smile and smile and be a villain.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")

  • If ever I hear again of any lapse from a proper standard of infantile decorum, I shall ask for your transference to a Sub-Centre-preferably to Iceland. Good morning.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")

  • Whenever the masses seized political power, then it was happiness rather than truth and beauty that mattered.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")

  • Never put off till tomorrow the fun you can have today.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")


  • A physical shortcoming could produce a kind of mental excess. The process, it seemed, was reversible. Mental excess could produce, for its own purposes, the voluntary blindness and deafness of deliberate solitude, the artificial impotence of asceticism.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")

  • 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.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")

  • Where there are wars, where there are divided allegiances, where there are temptations to be resisted, objects of love to be fought for or defended--there, obviously, nobility and heroism have some sense.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")

  • No social stability without individual stability.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")

  • A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")

  • Ironically enough, the only people who can hold up indefinitely under the stress of modern war are psychotics. Individual insanity is immune to the consequences of collective insanity.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")

  • Nature, or anything that reminds me of nature, disturbs me; it is too large, too complicated, above all too utterly pointless and incomprehensible.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Crome Yellow")

  • One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")

  • Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")

  • It is natural to believe in God when you're alone-- quite alone, in the night, thinking about death.
    (Aldous Huxley, "Brave New World")


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