Aldous Huxley · 340 pages
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“Hug me till you drug me, honey;
Kiss me till I'm in a coma.”
“The nature of psychological compulsion is such that those who act under constraint remain under the impression that they are acting on their own initiative. The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free. That he is not free is apparent only to other people. His servitude is strictly objective.”
“life is short and information endless: nobody has time for everything”
“On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”
“But liberty, as we all know, cannot flourish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near-war footing. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of the central government.”
“Today alcohol and tobacco are available, and people spend considerably more on these very unsatisfactory euphorics, pseudo-stimulants and sedatives than they are ready to spend on the education of their children.”
“Walking and talking - that seemed a very odd way of spending an afternoon.”
“Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself.”
“And no wonder; for the new technique of "subliminal projection," as it was called, was intimately associated with mass entertainment, and in the life of civilized human beings massed entertainment now plays a part comparable to that played in the Middle Ages be religion.”
“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.”
“Rams wrapped in thermogene beget no lambs.”
“Éste es el secreto de la felicidad y la virtud: Amar lo que uno tiene que hacer. Todo condicionamiento tiende a esto: a lograr que la gente ame su inevitable destino social".”
“Today I feel no wish to demonstrate that sanity is impossible. On the contrary, though I remain no less sadly certain than in the past that sanity is a rather rare phenomenon, I am convinced that it can be achieved and would like to see more of it.”
“los hombres no son sólo meros compradores de los productos en serie producidos por los grandes trusts, sino que parecen incluso producidos por la omnipotencia de éstos, perdiendo su propia individuación.”
“People are related to one another, not as total personalities, but as the embodiments of economic functions, or when they are not at work, as irresponsible seekers of entertainment. Subjected to this kind of life, individuals tend to feel lonely and insignificant. Their existence cases to have any point of meaning”
“The strange words rolled through his mind; rumbled, like talking thunder; like the drums at the summer dances, if the drums could have spoken; like the men singing the Corn Song, beautiful, beautiful, so that you cried.”
“Casi todos desean la paz y la libertad, pero son muy pocos los que tienen gran entusiasmo por las ideas, sentimientos y actos que hacen factibles esos ideales. Inversamente,”
“Podría haber y, a mi juicio, debería haber leyes que impidieran a los candidatos, no solamente gastar más que determinada cantidad en sus campañas electorales, sino también recurrir a esa especie de propaganda antirracional que convierte en disparate todo el procedimiento democrático.”
“La actual felicidad siempre parece muy menguada en comparación con las compensaciones que brinda la miseria. Y, además, la estabilidad no es ni con mucho tan espectacular como la inestabilidad. Y el estar satisfecho no tiene el encanto de una denodada lucha contra la desgracia, ni el pintoresquismo de una pugna contra la tentación, o de una fatal derrota a manos de la pasión o de la duda. La felicidad nunca es grandiosa.”
“El viaje transcurrió sin el menor incidente. El Cohete Azul del Pacífico llegó a Nueva Orleáns con dos minutos y medio de anticipación,”
“el individuo siente, la comunidad se resiente -citó Lenina.”
“No se debe discutir con los adversarios; hay que atacarlos, callarlos a gritos o, si molestan demasiado, liquidarlos. El intelectual, moralmente remilgado, tal vez se escandalice de una cosa así. Pero las masas siempre están convencidas de que “el derecho está de parte del agresor activo”.”
“Our “increasing mental sickness” may find expression in neurotic symptoms. These symptoms are conspicuous and extremely distressing. But “let us beware,” says Dr. Fromm, “of defining mental hygiene as the prevention of symptoms. Symptoms as such are not our enemy, but our friend; where there are symptoms there is conflict, and conflict always indicates that the forces of life which strive for integration and happiness are still fighting.” The really hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. “Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does.” They are normal not in what may be called the absolute sense of the word; they are normal only in relation to a profoundly abnormal society. Their perfect adjustment to that abnormal society is a measure of their mental sickness. These millions of abnormally normal people, living without fuss in a society to which, if they were fully human beings, they ought not to be adjusted, still cherish “the illusion of individuality,” but in fact they have been to a great extent deindividualized. Their conformity is developing into something like uniformity. But “uniformity and freedom are incompatible. Uniformity and mental health are incompatible too. . . . Man is not made to be an automaton, and if he becomes one, the basis for mental health is destroyed.”
“Una de las principales funciones de un amigo es el sufrir (en forma más suave y simbólica) los castigos que queremos, y no podemos infligir a nuestros enemigos.”
“El hecho de que en la más poderosa democracia del mundo haya tantos jóvenes y bien alimentados espectadores de televisión que muestren tan completa indiferencia por la idea de gobernarse a sí mismos y sientan tan poco interés por la libertad de pensamiento y el derecho a disentir es aflictivo, pero no muy sorprendente. Decimos “libre como un pájaro” y envidiamos a los alados seres su poder de moverse sin restricción alguna en las tres dimensiones. Pero, ay, nos olvidamos del dido. Todo pájaro que aprenda a organizarse una buena vida sin necesidad de usar sus alas pronto renunciará al privilegio del vuelo y permanecerá por siempre en tierra. Algo parecido pasa con los seres humanos.”
“He was a flame and she’d gotten burned, and the pain was terrible, yet it didn’t make the fire any less alluring.”
“I would believe again if I could. In goodness. In magnificence. In simple benevolence. Yet even in these far and icy valleys, mankind is no different, just more poorly armed. Strip away psychrometer and sextant, carbines and glass plates, skin shifts and quills and painted faces, and we are the same. Quivering maws. Gluttonous. Covetous. Fearful. We say we worship. A word. A man-god. A fiery mountain. But we worship only ourselves. And we are jealous gods.”
“They flew her,” Matt pointed out. “Sure they did—and my hat’s off to them. But it takes heroes to fly a box as primitive as this and I’m not the hero type.”
“A wave. Raw. Sadness washes over me as I'm dismissed. I don't move, I look at the screen. I want to run to you, crawl up inside you back into your womb. Rewrite a history where this time you'd love me normally. Shiny and new.”
“The notion that some foods behave like narcotics goes back at least twenty years in scientific circles.”
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