Brave New World
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.
- 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.
- 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.