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  • But what I do I do because I like to do.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • Oh bliss, bliss and heaven… Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • But where I itty now, O my brothers, is all on my oddy knocky, where you cannot go. Tomorrow is all like sweet flowers and the turning vonny earth and the stars and the old Luna up there. ... And all that cal.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • Oh, it was gorgeosity and yumyumyum. When it came to the Scherzo I could viddy myself very clear running and running on like the very light and mysterious nogas, carving the whole litso of the creeching world with my cut-throat britva.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • Civilised my syphilised yarbles.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")


  • One thing I could never stand was to see a filthy dirty old drunky howling away at the filthy songs of his fathers and going blurp blurp in between as it might be a filthy old orchestra in his stinking rotten guts;I could never stand to see anyone like that. whatever his age might be, but more especially when he was real old like this one was.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • Senseless violence is a prerogative of youth, which has much energy but little talent for the constructive.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • Each man kills the thing he loves.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • Suddenly, I viddied what I had to do, and what I had wanted to do, and that was to do myself in; to snuff it, to blast off for ever out of this wicked, cruel world. One moment of pain perhaps and, then, sleep forever, and ever and ever.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • The next morning I woke up at oh eight oh oh hours, my brothers, and as I still felt shagged and fagged and fashed and bashed and my glazzies were stuck together real horrorshow with sleepglue, I thought I would not go to school.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • Eat this sweetish segment or spit it out. You are free.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • Then, brothers, it came. Oh, bliss, bliss and heaven. I lay all nagoy to the ceiling, my gulliver on my rookers on the pillow, glazzies closed, rot open in bliss, slooshying the sluice of lovely sounds. Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • Great Music, it said, and Great Poetry would like quieten Modern Youth down and make Modern Youth more Civilized. Civilized my syphilised yarbles.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")


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