'Brave New World' Quotes

Quotations from Aldous Huxley's Famous Novel

Brave New World
Brave New World. HarperCollins

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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  • "We can make a new one with the greatest ease-as many as we like. Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 10
     
  • "Why was that old fellow such a marvelous propaganda technician? Because he had so many insane, excruciating things to get excited about. You've got to be hurt and upset; otherwise you can't think of the really good, penetrating X-rayish phrases... No, it won't do. We need some other kind of madness and violence. But what? What? Where can one find it?"
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 12
     
  • "They had mocked him through his misery and remorse, mocked him with how hideous a note of cynical derision! Fiendishly laughing, they had insisted on the low squalor, the nauseous ugliness of the nightmare. Now, suddenly, they trumpeted a call to arms. 'O brave new world!' Miranda was proclaiming the possibility of loveliness, the possibility of transforming even the nightmare into something fine and noble. 'O brave new world!' It was a challenge, a command."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 15
     
  • "Hesitant on the fringes of the battle, 'They're done for,' said Bernard and, urged by a sudden impulse, ran forward to help them; then thought better of it and halted; then, ashamed, stepped forward again; then again thought better of it, and was standing in an agony of humiliated indecision-thinking that they might be killed if he didn't help them, and that he might be killed if he did-when (Ford be praised!), goggle-eyed and swine-snouted in their gas-masks, in ran the police."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 15
     
  • "Our world is not the same as Othello's world. You can't make flivvers without steel-and you can't make tragedies without social instability. The world's stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 16
     
  • "And if anything should go wrong, there's soma. Which you go and chuck out of the window in the name of liberty, Mr. Savage. Liberty!"
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 16
     
  • "Expecting Deltas to know what liberty is! And now expecting them to understand Othello! My good boy!"
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 16
     
  • "You've got to choose between happiness and what people used to call high art."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 16
     
  • "Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations 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, Ch. 16
     
  • "All our science is just a cookery book, with an orthodox theory of cooking that nobody's allowed to question, and a list of recipes that mustn't be added to except by special permission from the head cook."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 16
     
  • "We can't allow science to undo its own good work."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 17
     
  • "God in the safe and Ford on the shelves."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 17
     
  • "The Gods are just. No doubt. But their code of law is dictated, in the last resort, by the people who organize society; providence takes its cue from men."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 17
     
  • "There's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears-that's what soma is."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 17
     
  • "We want the whip!"
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 18
     
  • "Oh, my God, my God!"
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 18
     
  • "Slowly, very slowly, like two unhurried compass needles, the feet turned towards the right; north, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west; then paused, and, after a few seconds, turned as unhurriedly back towards the left. South-south-west, south, south-east, east."
    - Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, Ch. 19
     
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