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  • Sergey shared from 1984 by George Orwell
    Ingsoc. The sacred principles of Ingsoc. Newspeak, doublethink, the mutability of the past.
  • Sergey shared from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    “We don’t,” said the Controller. “We prefer to do things comfortably.” “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.” “In fact,” said Mustapha Mond, “you’re claiming the right to be unhappy.”
  • Sergey shared from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    “What about self-denial, then? If you had a God, you’d have a reason for self-denial.” “But industrial civilization is only possible when there’s no self-denial. Self-indulgence up to the very limits imposed by hygiene and economics. Otherwise the wheels stop turning.” “You’d have a reason for chastity!” said the Savage, blushing a little as he spoke the words. “But chastity means passion, chastity means neurasthenia. And passion and neurasthenia mean instability. And instability means the end of civilization. You can’t have a lasting civilization without plenty of pleasant vices.”
  • Sergey shared from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    If one happens to be decanted different …” “Yes, that’s just it.” The young man nodded. “If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely. They’re beastly to one.
  • Sergey shared from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    The bruises hurt him, the cuts were still bleeding; but it was not for pain that he sobbed; it was because he was all alone, because he had been driven out, alone, into this skeleton world of rocks and moonlight.
  • Sergey shared from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    He was all alone. All alone, outside the pueblo, on the bare plain of the mesa.
  • Sergey shared from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.
  • Sergey shared from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    And home was as squalid psychically as physically. Psychically, it was a rabbit hole, a midden, hot with the frictions of tightly packed life, reeking with emotion.
  • Sergey shared from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    “Moral education, which ought never, in any circumstances, to be rational.”
  • Sergey shared from Fahrenheit 451: A Novel by Ray Bradbury
    “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away.
(Perm, RUSSIA)
Sergey Yakubovskiy