“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.”

“A love of nature keeps no factories open…We condition the masses to hate the country,” concluded the Director.  “But simultaneously we condition them to love all country sports.”

“History is bunk.”

“Feeling lurks in that interval of time between desire and its consummation.  Shorten that interval, break down all those old unnecessary barriers.”

“There was something called Christianity.  Women were forced to go on being viviparous.”

“There was a thing called Heaven; but all the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcohol.”

“All crosses had their tops cut and became T.  There was also a thing called God.”

“Soma…All the advantages of Christianity and alcohol, none of their defects.”

“Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly – they’ll go through anything.  You read and you’re pierced…Can you say something about nothing?  That’s what it finally boils down to.  I try and I try…”

“Walking and talking – that seemed a very odd way of spending an afternoon.”

“I want to know what passion is,” she heard him saying.  “I want to feel something strongly.”
“When the individual feels, the community reels,” Lenina pronounced.
“Well, why shouldn’t it reel a bit?”

“Liquid air, television, vibro-vacuum massage, radio, boiling caffeine solution, hot contraceptives, and eight different kinds of scent were laid on in every bedroom.”

“…he had never been able to say how much he hated him.  But now he had these words, these words like drums and singing and magic.”

“He had discovered Time and Death and God.”

“If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.”

“To say one was a mother – that was past a joke:  it was an obscenity.”

“In the synthetic music machine the soundtrack roll began to unwind.”

“Linda had been a slave, Linda had died; others should live in freedom, and the world be made beautiful.  A reparation, a duty.  And suddenly it was luminously clear to the Savage what he must do…”

“We haven’t any use for old things here.”
“Even when they’re beautiful?”
“Particularly when they’re beautiful.  Beauty’s attractive and we don’t want people to be attracted by old things.  We want them to like the new ones.”

“Our Ford himself did a great deal to shift the emphasis from truth and beauty to comfort and happiness.  Mass production demanded the shift.  Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning; truth and beauty can’t.”

“People were ready to have even their appetites controlled for then.  Anything for a quiet life.  We’ve gone on controlling ever since.  It hasn’t been very good for truth, of course.  But it’s been very good for happiness.”

“You can only be independent of God while you’ve got youth and prosperity; independence won’t take you safely to the end.  Well, we’ve now got youth and prosperity right up to the end.  What follows?  Evidently, that we can be independent of God.  The religious sentiment will compensate us for all our losses.  But there aren’t any losses for us to compensate: religious sentiment is superfluous.”

“God isn’t compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness.”

“People believe in God because they’ve been conditioned to believe in God.”

“But industrial civilization is only possible when there’s no self-denial.”

“You can’t have a lasting civilization without plenty of pleasant vices.”

“You can carry at least half your mortality about in a bottle.  Christianity without tears – that’s what soma is.”

“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.”


Copyright: 1932, 1946 Aldous Huxley

author bio: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Aldous-Huxley