Brave New World- Words & Quotes

Words from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley:

  • Pyrrhonic- skeptic
  • ossuary- room or container in which the bones of dead people are placed
  • callow- inexperienced or immature
  • viviparous- giving birth to live offspring
  • apoplectic- overcome with anger
  • indissolubly- unable to be destroyed
  • indefatigable- persisting tirelessly
  • boskage- massed trees or shrubs
  • maudlin- self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness
  • axiomatic- self-evident or unquestionable
  • truculent- eager or quick to argue or fight
  • simian- like an ape or monkey
  • plangent- resounding loudly, like a bell
  • abject- utterly hopeless or miserable; slavish
  • solecism- a breach of good manners or etiquette; any error or inconsistency
  • ignominy- disgrace, dishonor
  • scatological- obscene

Quotes from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley:

“On no account brood over your wrong-doing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”

“The light was frozen, dead, a ghost.”

“And in effect the sultry darkness into which the students now followed him was visible and crimson, like the darkness of closed eyes on a summer’s afternoon.”

“‘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.'”

“The machine turns, turns and must keep on turning—for ever. It is death if it stands still.”

“… every one belongs to every one else.”

“Impulse arrested spills over, and the flood is feeling, the flood is passion, the flood is even madness: it depends on the force of the current, the height and strength of the barrier.”

“Liberty to be inefficient and miserable. Freedom to be a round peg in a square hole.”

“And what makes it worse, she thinks of herself as meat.”

“Those who meant well behaved in the same way as those who meant badly.”

“Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”

“A man can smile and smile and be a villain.”

“… into this skeleton world of rocks and moonlight.”

“Because our world is not the same as Othello’s world. You can’t make flivvers without steel—and you can’t make tragedies without social instability.”

“Every change is a menace to stability.”

“Knowledge was the highest good, truth the supreme value; all the rest was secondary and subordinate… Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning; truth and beauty can’t.”


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