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    Dystopian/Utopian Quotes

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    "We're dead.Our only true life is in the future.How far away the future may be,there's no knowing.
    At present nothing is possible except to extend the area of sanity little by little.
    We cannot act collectively.
    We can only spread our knowledge outwards from individual to individual,generation to generation.In the face of the thought police,there is no other way."

    - 1984,George Orwell

    "You were the dead;their was the future.
    But you could share in that future if you kept alive the mind as they kept alive the body and passed the secret doctrine that 2+2=4."
    - 1984,George Orwell

    "The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed--would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper--the essential crime that contained all others in itself.
    Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever.
    You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you."

    - 1984,George Orwell

    "In the old days he had hidden a heretical mind beneath an appearance of conformity"
    - 1984,George Orwell

    "People simply disappeared, always during the night.Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word."
    - 1984,George Orwell

    "Nearly all children nowadays were horrible.
    What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages,
    and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party.
    On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it...
    All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children."

    - 1984,George Orwell

    "And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. 'Who controls the past' ran the Party slogan, 'controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.'"
    - 1984,George Orwell

    "Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date.
    In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct;nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record.
    All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary."

    - 1984,George Orwell

    "Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?...
    Has it ever occurred to you, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?...
    The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think.
    Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."
    -1984,George Orwell

    "Abolition of private property means the concentration of property in far fewer hands than before,but with this difference,that the new owners were a group instead of a mass of individuals."

    - 1984,George Orwell

    ""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 inescapable social destiny."

    - Brave New World,Aldous Huxley

    "Alpha children wear grey. They work much harder than we do, because they're so frightfully clever.
    I'm awfully glad I'm a Beta, because I don't work so hard. And then we are much better than the Gammas and Deltas. Gammas are stupid.
    They all wear green, and Delta children wear khaki. Oh no, I don't want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse.
    They're too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly color. I'm so glad I'm a Beta."

    - Brave New World,Aldous Huxley

    "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.
    The world's stable now. People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get." -
    Brave New World,Aldous Huxley

    "There's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering.
    In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. Now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are.
    Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your morality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears-that's what soma is."

    - Brave New World,Aldous Huxley

    "What does God want? Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?"
    - A Clockwork Orange,Anthony Burgess

    "Our subject is impelled towards the good by,paradoxially being impelled towards evil.
    The intention to act violently is accompanied by strong feelings of physical stress.
    To counter these the subject has to switch to a diametrically opposed attitude"

    - A Clockwork Orange,Anthony Burgess

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    "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
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    Sir Winston Churchill

    “Eager souls, mystics and revolutionaries, may propose to refashion the world in accordance with their dreams; but evil remains, and so long as it lurks in the secret places of the heart, utopia is only the shadow of a dream”
    -
    Nathaniel Hawthorne

    "Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power."
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    Aldous Huxley

    "In the next few years the struggle will not be between utopia and reality, but between different utopias, each trying to impose itself on reality ... we can no longer hope to save everything, but ... we can at least try to save lives, so that some kind of future, if perhaps not the ideal one, will remain possible."
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    Albert Camus, Between Hell and Reason

    "In Utopia, where every man has a right to everything, they all know that if care is taken to keep the public stores full, no private man can want anything; for among them there is no unequal distribution, so that no man is poor, none in necessity; and though no man has anything, yet they are all rich; for what can make a man so rich as to lead a serene and cheerful life, free from anxieties."
    -
    Thomas More,Utopia


    "I shall speak of how melancholy and utopia preclude one another. How they fertilize one another... of the revulsion that follows one insight and precedes the next... of superabundance and surfeit. Of stasis in progress. And of myself, for whom melancholy and utopia are heads and tails of the same coin."
    -
    Gunther Grass

    “If people would forget about utopia! When rationalism destroyed heaven and decided to set it up here on earth, that most terrible of all goals entered human ambition. It was clear there'd be no end to what people would be made to suffer for it.”
    -
    Nadine Gordimer

    "Some who are too scrupulous to steal your possessions nevertheless see no wrong in tampering with your thoughts."
    -
    Kahlil Gibran

    "All paradises, all utopias are designed by who is not there, by the people who are not allowed in."
    -
    Toni Morrison

    "Utopias are presented for our inspection as a critique of the human state. If they are to be treated as anything but trivial exercises of the imagination. I suggest there is a simple test we can apply. We must forget the whole paraphernalia of social description, demonstration, expostulation, approbation, condemnation. We have to say to ourselves, How would I myself live in this proposed society? How long would it be before I went stark staring mad?"
    -
    William Golding

    "Utopia is that which is in contradiction with reality."
    -
    Albert Camus, Between Hell and Reason

    "To know oneself is to disbelieve utopia."
    -
    Michael Novak

    "A race of altruists is necessarily a race of slaves. A race
    of free men is necessarily a race of egoists."
    -
    Max Stirner

    "Utopia would seem to offer the spectacle of one of those rare phenomena whose concept is indistinguishable from its reality, whose ontology coincides with its representation."
    -
    Fredric Jameson

    “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at, for it leaves out the one country at which Humanity is always landing.”
    -
    Oscar Wilde

    "Utopians...consider individual freedom as the stumbling block on which the grandiose idea of mankind’s totalization may flounder."
    -
    Thomas Molnar

    "There can be no peace on earth as long as there is war in love."
    -
    Dieter Duhm
    “The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.”
    -
    Nathaniel Hawthorne


    "Abandon all hopes of utopia - there are people involved."
    -
    Claton Cramer

    “Not in Utopia, -- subterranean fields, --
    Or some secreted island, Heaven knows where!
    But in the very world, which is the world
    Of all of us, -- the place where in the end
    We find our happiness, or not at all!”
    -
    Willam Wordsworth

    "Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian."
    -
    Emma Goldman
    "The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future"
    -
    Frank Herbert, Dune

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