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  • And then, a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal, or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now... I knew such lovely pictures.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • It seems priggish or pollyannaish to deny that my intention in writing the work was to titillate the nastier propensities of my readers. My own healthy inheritance of original sin comes out in the book and I enjoyed raping and ripping by proxy. It is the novelist's innate cowardice that makes him depute to imaginary personalities the sins that he is too cautious to commit for himself.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • And to all others in this story profound shooms of lip music brrrrrr. And they can kiss my sharries.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • As we walked along the flatblock marina, I was calm on the outside, but thinking all the time - Now it was to be Georgie the general, saying what we should do and what not to do, and Dim as his mindless greeding bulldog. But suddenly, I viddied that thinking was for the gloopy ones, and that the oomny ones use like, inspiration and what Bog sends. Now it was lovely music that came into my aid. There was a window open with the stereo on, and I viddied right at once what to do.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")


  • Now in those days, my brothers, the teaming up was mostly by fours and fives, these being like auto-teams, for being a comfy number for an auto, and six being the outside limit for gang-size. Sometimes gangs would gang up so as to make like malenky armies for big nightwar, but mostly it was best to roam in these like small numbers.
    (Anthony Burgess, "A Clockwork Orange")

  • 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")


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