Brave New World

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Brave New World (1932) is a dystopian novel by Aldous Huxley. The title derives from a line spoken by "Miranda" in The Tempest by William Shakespeare, which is quoted by "The Savage" in the novel: "O brave new world, That has such people in't!"


Hypnopædia is used throughout the novel to condition children into certain societal standards, predetermined for their apparent benefit.
  • A gramme is better than a damn.
  • A gramme in time saves nine.
  • One cubic centimetre cures ten gloomy sentiments.
    • Slogans encouraging people not to dwell on gloomy thoughts, but to obliterate them with drugs (specifically, the fictional narcotic, soma).
  • When the individual feels, the community reels
    • A slogan discouraging individualism in favor of the community as a whole.

  • Every one belongs to every one else.
  • Everybody's happy nowadays.
    • Government slogans encouraging sociability and sexual promiscuity.

  • Every one works for every one else. We can't do without any one. Even Epsilons are useful. We couldn't do without Epsilons.
  • Progress is lovely.

  • Ending is better than mending.
    • A government slogan encouraging people to throw away old possessions and buy new ones, thus theoretically keeping the global economy strong.
  • ...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 colour. I'm so glad I'm a Beta. Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever. I'm really 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...
    • A Hypnopædic message played to Beta children as a conditioning tool.
  • Cleanliness is next to fordliness.
    • The second hypnopædic lesson in elementary hygiene.
  • Also:
  • Civilization is sterilization.
  • Streptocock-Gee to Banbury-T, to see a fine bathroom and W.C.

  • A, B, C, Vitamin D,
    The fat's in the liver and the cod's in the sea.
  • A doctor a day keeps the jim-jams away. (Related to "an apple a day keeps the doctor away")
    • A Hypnopædic message on the necessity of doctoral visits.
  • The more stitches, the less riches.
    • A Hypnopædic message promoting consumerism.

Other Quotes

  • Bokanovsky's process is one of the major instruments of social stability!
    • A reference to the importance that the World State attaches to human cloning.
  • They say somebody made a mistake when he was still in the bottle--thought he was a Gamma and put alcohol into his blood-surrogate.
    • Rumor as explained by Fanny Crowne as to why Alpha-Plus Bernard Marx looked and acted odd.
  • One hundred repetitions three nights a week for four years, thought Bernard Marx, who was a specialist on hypnopædia. Sixty-two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth. Idiots!
    • Bernard Marx's comments on the preceding slogan and an analysis on the effects of state-sponsored sleep teaching.
  • Community, Identity, Stability.
    • The motto of the World State.
  • No social stability without individual stability.
    • Refers to mass use of soma to create "stable" citizens who conform to societal norms.
  • Christianity without tears — that's what soma is.
    • Mustapha Mond's summarisation of the hypnotic, revered drug soma.
  • All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol; none of their defects.
    • Another summarisation of the drug soma.

  • But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.
    • John's interpretation of social norms being restrictive, denying him the opportunity to experience the human condition.
  • In fact, you are claiming the right to be unhappy.
    • Mustapha Mond's response to the previous quote.
  • 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;
    There ain't no Bottle in all the world
    Like that dear little Bottle of mine.
    • Lyrics of a popular computer-generated song referring to how babies are artifically gestated.
  • Ford's in his flivver, all's well with the world.
  • One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder and symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable to inflict upon our enemies.
  • I'd rather be myself. Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly.
    • Bernard Marx
  • Hug me till you drug me, honey;
    Kiss me till I'm in a coma:
    Hug me, honey, snuggly bunny;
    Love's as good as soma.
  • "O brave new world," he repeated. "O brave new world that has such people in it. Let's start at once."
    • John quotes Shakespeare's The Tempest when hearing of the technologies and customs of civilization. a more extensive quotation reads "How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't!"
  • Feel how the Greater Being comes!
    Rejoice and, in rejoicing die!
    Melt in the music of the drums!
    For I am you and you are I
  • Orgy-porgy, Ford and fun,
    Kiss the girls and make them One.
    Boys at one with girls at peace;
    Orgy-porgy gives release.
  • True happiness must seem rather squalid compared to the overcompensations of misery.
  • As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
  • (CH3)C6H2(NO2)3 + Hg(CNO)2 = well, what? An enormous hole in the ground, a pile of masonry, some bits of flesh and mucus, a foot, with the boot still on it, flying through the air and landing, flop, in the middle of the geraniums–the scarlet ones; such a splendid show that summer!