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A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange


by Anthony Burgess

A Clockwork Orange Power Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Part.Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #7

"Would they like their sons to become what you, poor victim, have become? Will not the Government itself now decide what is and what is not crime and pump out the life and guts and will of whoever sees fit to displease the Government?" (3.5.10

A totalitarian Government defers to no external system of right and wrong; it makes up its own criteria and imposes them upon its people.

Quote #8

"The tradition of liberty means all. The common people will let it go, oh yes. They will sell liberty for a quieter life. That is why they must be prodded, prodded— Eat well, poor boy, poor victim of the modern world." (3.5.12)

The Government opposes individual liberties and will sacrifice them for the collective good.

Quote #9


The people's hatred of the Government is one good sign of how repressive it is. Of course, this is usually not spoken out loud and is, in this case, written on a subversive pamphlet.

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