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Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Brave New World.

Science Quotes

The overalls of the workers were white, their hands gloved with a pale corpse-coloured rubber. The light was frozen, dead, a ghost. Only from the yellow barrels of the microscopes did it borrow a c...

Sex Quotes

"Charming, charming," murmured the Director and, giving [Lenina] two or three little pats, received in exchange a rather deferential smile for himself. (1.93)

Power Quotes

"Just to give you a general idea," he would explain to them. For of course some sort of general idea they must have, if they were to do their work intelligently – though as little of one, if...

Suffering Quotes

Hot tunnels alternated with cool tunnels. Coolness was wedded to discomfort in the form of hard X-rays. By the time they were decanted the embryos had a horror of cold. They were predestined to emi...

Literature and Writing Quotes

"You all remember," said the Controller, in his strong deep voice, "you all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford's: History is bunk. History," he repeated slowly, "is...

Freedom and Confinement Quotes

"Sleep teaching was actually prohibited in England. There was something called liberalism. Parliament, if you know what that was, passed a law against it. The records survive. Speeches about libert...

Isolation Quotes

"And then he spends most of his time by himself – alone." There was horror in Fanny's voice. (3.128)

Drugs and Alcohol Quotes

"There was a thing called Heaven; but all the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcohol." […] "There was a thing called the soul and a thing called immortality." […] "But t...

Identity Quotes

A SQUAT grey building of only thirty-four stories. Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State's motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY,...

Spirituality Quotes

"There was a thing, as I've said before, called Christianity." (3.200) […] "The ethics and philosophy of under-consumption…" […] "So essential when there was under-production; but...

Society and Class Quotes

"Reducing the number of revolutions per minute," Mr. Foster explained. "The surrogate goes round slower; therefore passes through the lung at longer intervals; therefore gives the embryo less oxyge...

Dissatisfaction Quotes

"Lenina Crowne?" said Henry Foster, echoing the Assistant Predestinator's question as he zipped up his trousers. "Oh, she's a splendid girl. Wonderfully pneumatic. I'm surprised you haven't had her...
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