Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

    Marko P.has quoted21 days ago
    He defined philosophy as the finding of bad reason for what one believes by instinct. As if one believed anything by instinct! One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them. Finding bad reasons for what one believes for other bad reasons--that's philosophy.
    Marko P.has quoted24 days ago
    '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 unescapable social destiny.'
    b6767805604has quoted2 months ago
    World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.

    These are the most important things today

    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    'Accompanied by a campaign against the Past; by the closing of museums, the blowing up of historical monuments (luckily most of them had already been destroyed during the Nine Years' War); by the suppression of all books published before A.F. 150.'
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    Then came the famous British Museum Massacre. Two thousand culture fans gassed with dichlorethyl sulphide.'
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    'Back to culture. Yes, actually to culture. You can't consume much if you sit still and read books.'
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    Sleep teaching was actually prohibited in England. There was something called liberalism. Parliament, if you know what that was, passed a law against it. The records survive. Speeches about liberty of the subject. Liberty to be inefficient and miserable. Freedom to be a round peg in a square hole.'
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    Oh, she jolly well doesn't see why there should have been,' Fanny repeated, as though to an invisible listener behind Lenina's left shoulder. Then, with a sudden change of tone, 'But seriously,' she said, 'I really do think you ought to be careful. It's such horribly bad form to go on and on like this with one man. At forty, or thirty-five, it wouldn't be so bad. But at your age, Lenina! No, it really won't do. And you know how strongly the D.H.C. objects to anything intense or long-drawn. Four months of Henry Foster, without having another man--why, he'd be furious if he knew...'
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    Family, monogamy, romance. Everywhere exclusiveness, everywhere a focussing of interest, a narrow channelling of impulse and energy.

    'But every one belongs to every one else,' he concluded, citing the hypnopædic proverb
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    Our Ford--or Our Freud, as, for some inscrutable reason, he chose to call himself whenever he spoke of psychological matters--Our Freud had been the first to reveal the appalling dangers of family life. The world was full of fathers--was therefore full of misery; full of mothers--therefore of every kind of perversion from sadism to chastity; full of brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts--full of madness and suicide
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    One of the students held up his hand; and though he could see quite well why you couldn't have lower-caste people wasting the Community's time over books, and that there was always the risk of their reading something which might undesirably de-condition one of their reflexes, yet... well, he couldn't understand about the flowers. Why go to the trouble of making it psychologically impossible for Deltas to like flowers
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    INFANT NURSERIES. NEO-PAVLOVIAN CONDITIONING ROOMS, announced the notice board.
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.'
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    The lower the caste,' said Mr. Foster, 'the shorter the oxygen.' The first organ affected was the brain. After that the skeleton. At seventy per cent. of normal oxygen you got dwarfs. At less than seventy, eyeless monsters
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    Ass!' said the Director, breaking a long silence. 'Hasn't it occurred to you that an Epsilon embryo must have an Epsilon environment as well as an Epsilon heredity?'
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    Embryos are like photograph film,' said Mr. Foster waggishly, as he pushed open the second door. 'They can only stand red light.'
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    Solved by standard Gammas, unvarying Deltas, uniform Epsilons. Millions of identical twins. The principle of mass production at last applied to biology
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    Solved by standard Gammas, unvarying Deltas, uniform Epsilons. Millions of identical twins. The principle of mass production at last applied to biology
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    'Ninety-six identical twins working ninety-six identical machines!' The voice was almost tremulous with enthusiasm. 'You really know where you are. For the first time in history.' He quoted the planetary motto. 'Community, Identity, Stability.' Grand words. 'If we could bokanovskify indefinitely the whole problem would be solved.'
    Yatzel Roldánhas quoted3 months ago
    Major instruments of social stability.

    Standard men and women; in uniform batches. The whole of a small factory staffed with the products of a single bokanovskified egg.
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