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Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange—meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
But what I do I do because I like to do.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I see what is right and approve, but I do what is wrong.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses to be bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
What's it going to be then, eh?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
This must be a real horrorshow film if you're so keen on my viddying it.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Where do I come into all of this? Am I just some animal or dog?' And that started them off govoreeting real loud and throwing slovos at me. So I creeched louder still, creeching: 'Am I just to be like a clockwork orange?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Great Music, it said, and Great Poetry would like quieten Modern Youth down and make Modern Youth more Civilized. Civilized my syphilised yarbles.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Oh it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh. The trombones crunched redgold under my bed, and behind my gulliver the trumpets three-wise silverflamed, and there by the door the timps rolling through my guts and out again crunched like candy thunder. Oh, it was wonder of wonders. And then, a bird of like rarest spun heavenmetal, or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now, came the violin solo above all the other strings, and those strings were like a cage of silk round my bed. Then flute and oboe bored, like worms of like platinum, into the thick thick toffee gold and silver. I was in such bliss, my brothers.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Then, brothers, it came. Oh, bliss, bliss and heaven. I lay all nagoy to the ceiling, my gulliver on my rookers on the pillow, glazzies closed, rot open in bliss, slooshying the sluice of lovely sounds. Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
A perverse nature can be stimulated by anything. Any book can be used as a pornographic instrument, even a great work of literature if the mind that so uses it is off-balance. I once found a small boy masturbating in the presence of the Victorian steel-engraving in a family Bible.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Civilised my syphilised yarbles.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I was always on my oddy knocky.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well. To what do I owe the extreme pleasure of this surprising visit?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I said, smiling very wide and droogie: ‘Well, if it isn’t fat stinking billygoat Billyboy in poison. How art thou, thou globby bottle of cheap stinking chip-oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles, you eunuch jelly, thou.’ And then we started.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
What I do I do because I like to do.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Senseless violence is a prerogative of youth, which has much energy but little talent for the constructive.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
To devastate is easier and more spectacular than to create.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The next morning I woke up at oh eight oh oh hours, my brothers, and as I still felt shagged and fagged and fashed and bashed and my glazzies were stuck together real horrorshow with sleepglue, I thought I would not go to school.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I was cured all right.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
But where I itty now, O my brothers, is all on my oddy knocky, where you cannot go. Tomorrow is all like sweet flowers and the turning vonny earth and the stars and the old Luna up there. ... And all that cal.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
You were not put on this Earth just to get in touch with god
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
It may not be nice to be good, little 6655321. It may be horrible to be good. And when I say that to you I realize how self-contradictory that sounds. I know I shall have many sleepless nights about this. 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? Deep and hard questions, little 6655321.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Suddenly, I viddied what I had to do, and what I had wanted to do, and that was to do myself in; to snuff it, to blast off for ever out of this wicked, cruel world. One moment of pain perhaps and, then, sleep forever, and ever and ever.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Eat this sweetish segment or spit it out. You are free.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I viddied that thinking is for the gloopy ones and that the oomny ones use like inspiration and what Bog sends. For now it was lovely music that came to my aid.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Me, me, me. How about me? Where do I come into all this? Am I like just some animal or dog? Am I just to be like a clockwork orange?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The 21st chapter gives the novel the quality of genuine fiction, an art founded on the principle that human beings change. ----- "A Clockwork Orange Resucked" intro to first full American version 1986
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
And I thought to myself, Hell and blast you all, if all you bastards are on the side of Good then I'm glad I belong to the other shop.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
How wicked, my brothers, innocent milk must always seem to me now.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I am everyone's friend,'I said.'Except to my enemies.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The essential intention is the real sin. A man who cannot choose ceases to be a man.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Oh bliss, bliss and heaven... Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh... And then, a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal, or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now... I knew such lovely pictures - Alex
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
That's the law, son. But you were never much of a one for following the law.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
A Clockwork Orange is too didactic to be artistic. It is not the novelist's job to preach; it is his job to show.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The sweetest and most heavenly of activities partake in some measure of violence - the act of love, for instance; music, for instance. You must take your chance, boy. The choice has been all yours.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
We were all feeling that bit shagged and fagged and fashed, it having been an evening of some small energy expenditure.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Then I looked at its top sheet, and there was the name – A CLOCKWORK ORANGE – and I said: ‘That’s a fair gloopy title. Who ever heard of a clockwork orange?’ Then I read a malenky bit out loud in a sort of very high preaching goloss: ‘—The attempt to impose upon man, a creature of growth and capable of sweetness, to ooze juicily at the last round the bearded lips of God, to attempt to impose, I say, laws and conditions appropriate to a mechanical creation, against this I raise my swordpen—
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
You needn't take it any further, sir. You've proved to me that all this ultraviolence and killing is wrong, wrong, and terribly wrong. I've learned me lesson, sir. I've seen now what I've never seen before. I'm cured! Praise Bog! I'm cured! I was cured alright.
Anthony Burgess (Clockwork Orange)
Bedways is rightways now, so best we go homeways.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Well, everything's a lesson, isn't it? Learning all the time, as you could say.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
It'll be your own torture," he said, serious. "I hope to God it'll torture you to madness.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I kept pushing the old noga through the floorboards near, and the Durango 95 ate up the road like spaghetti.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
If I had died it would have been even better for you political bratchnies, would it not, pretending and treacherous droogs as you are.' But all that came out was er er er.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Alex like groweth up, Oh Yes.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The heresy of an age of reason,' or some such slovos [words]. 'I see what is right and approve, but I do what is wrong.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Is the man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
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.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
And those hard slovos, brothers, were like the beginning of my freedom.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
But this one was a writer, not a reader.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Horrorshow is right, friend. A real show of horrors.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up rassoodocks what to do with the evening, a flip dark chill winter bastard though dry. The Korova Milkbar was a milk-plus mesto, and you may, O my brothers, have forgotten what these mestos were like, things changing so skorry these days, and everybody very quick to forget, newspapers not being read much neither.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
And so farewell from your little droog. And to all others in this story profound shooms of lip-music brrrrr. And they can kiss my sharries. But you, O my brothers, remember sometimes thy little Alex that was. Amen. And all that cal.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
It’s a stinking world because it lets the young get on to the old like you done, and there’s no law nor order no more.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Never,' I said. 'One can die but once. Dim died before he was born. That red red krovvy will soon stop.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
There was no trust anywhere in the world, O my brothers, the way I could see it.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
You got shook and shook till there was nothing left. You lost your name and your body and your self and you just didn't care.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The thrill of theft, of violence, the urge to live easy - is it worth it when we have undeniable proof, yes, yes, incontrovertible evidence that hell exists?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Civilized my syphilised yarbles. Music always sort of sharpened me up, O my brothers, and made me like feel like old Bog himself, ready to make with the old donner and blitzen and have vecks and ptitsas creeching away in my ha ha power.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
They don't go into what is the cause of goodness, so why of the other shop? If lewdies are good that's because they like it, and I wouldn't ever interfere with their pleasures, and so of the other shop. And I was patronizing the other shop. More, badness is of the self, the one, the you or me on our oddy knockies, and that self is made by old Bog or God and is his great pride and radosty. But the not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self. And is not our modern history, my brothers, the story of the brave malenky selves fighting these big machines?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
And, my brothers, it was real satisfaction to me to waltz-left two three, right two three-and carve left cheeky and right cheeky, so that like two curtains of blood seemed to pour out at the same time, one on either side of his fat filthy oily snout in the winter starlight.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
And to all others in this story profound shooms of lip music brrrrrr. And they can kiss my sharries.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Being young is like being like one of these malenky machines.
Anthony Burgess
What gives, O my little sister? Come thou and have a nice lay-down with your malenky droog in this bed.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
When we're healthy we respond to the presence of the hateful with fear and nausea.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The intention to act violently is accompanied by strong feelings of physical distress.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
To turn a decent young man into a piece of clockwork should not, surely, be seen as any triumph for any government, save one that boasts of its repressiveness.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
You can viddy that everything in this wicked world counts. You can pony that one thing always leads to another. Right right right.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The question is whether such a technique can really make a man good. Goodness comes from within, 6655321. Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
It seems priggish or pollyannaish to deny that my intention in writing the work was to titillate the nastier propensities of my readers. My own healthy inheritance of original sin comes out in the book and I enjoyed raping and ripping by proxy. It is the novelist’s innate cowardice that makes him depute to imaginary personalities the sins that he is too cautious to commit for himself.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
But, brothers, this biting of their toe-nails over what is the CAUSE of badness is what turns me into a fine laughing malchick. They don't go into what is the cause of GOODNESS, so why of the other shop?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
What sort of world is it at all? Men on the moon and men spinning round the earth like it might be midges round a lamp, and there's not no attention paid to earthly law nor order no more.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil. The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good, in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Goodbye, goodbye, may Bog forgive you for a ruined life." Then I got on to the sill, the music blasting away to my left, and I shut my glazzies and felt the cold wind on my listo, then I jumped.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
And what, brothers, I had to escape into sleep from then was the horrible and wrong feeling that it was better to get the hit than give it. If that veck had stayed I might even have like presented the other cheek.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Go on, do me in, you bastard cowards, I don't want to live anyway, not in a stinking world like this one.' I told Dim to lay off a bit then, because it used to interest me sometimes to slooshy what some of these starry decreps had to say about life and the world. I said: 'Oh. And what's stinking about it?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Then I wanted to sick up the gluey pie I'd had before the start of the evening, But I couldn't stand the sort of veshch, sicking all over the floor, so I held it back.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
You must take your chance boy. The choice has been all yours.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
There comes a time, however, when violence is seen as juvenile and boring. It is the repartee of the stupid and ignorant.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Özgür irade ile seçilen kötülük, organize güçler tarafından kişiye dayatılan deterministik iyilikten daha mı insancadır ?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
You have no cause to grumble boy. You made your choice and all this is a consequence of your choice. Whatever now ensues is what you yourself have chosen.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
And yet, in a sense, in choosing to be deprived of the ability to make an ethical choice, you have in a sense really chosen the good.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Then there was like quiet and we were full of like hate, so smashed what was left to be smashed.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Dreams go by opposites I was once told.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
One can die but once. Dim died before he was born.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Each man kills the thing he loves
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
You'd lay there after you'd drunk the old moloko and then you got the messel that everything all around you was sort of in the past.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Youth is only being in a way like it might be an animal. No, it is not just like being an animal so much as being like one of these malenky toys you viddy being sold in the streets, like little chellovecks made out of tin and with a spring inside and then a winding handle on the outside and you wind it up grrr grrr grrr and off it itties, like walking, O my brothers. But it itties in a straight line and bangs straight into things bang bang and it cannot help what it is doing. Being young is like being like one of these malenky machines.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
And I sort of frowned about that, thinking. 'You felt ill this afternoon,' he said, 'because you're getting better. When we're healthy we respond to the presence of the hateful with fear and nausea. You're becoming healthy, that's all.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Oh, it was gorgeosity and yumyumyum. When it came to the Scherzo I could viddy myself very clear running and running on like the very light and mysterious nogas, carving the whole litso of the creeching world with my cut-throat britva.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Delimitation is always difficult. The world is one, life is one. The sweetest and most heavenly of activities partake in some measure of violence - the act of love, for instance; music, for instance.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
By definition, a human being is endowed with free will. He can use this to choose between good and evil. If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange - meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil or (since this is increasingly replacing both) the Almighty State. It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil. The important thing is moral choice. Evil has to exist along with good in order that moral choice may operate. Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities. This is what the television news is all about. Unfortunately there is so much original sin in us all that we find evil rather attractive. To devastate is easier and more spectacular than to create.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Suddenly, I viddied what I had to do, and that was to do myself in; to snuff it, to blast off forever out of this wicked, cruel world. One moment of pain perhaps and, then, sleep forever, and ever and ever.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Self-interest, fear of physical pain, drove him to that grotesque act of self-abasement. Its insincerity was clearly to be seen. He ceases to be a wrongdoer. He ceases also to be a creature capable of moral choice.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Then we slooshied.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
You were not put on this earth just to get in touch with God.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Of course it was horrible,' smiled Dr. Branom. 'Violence is a very horrible thing. That's what you're learning now. Your body is learning it.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
There is the devastatingly simple, yet profound, moral dilemma, which underlies the book: is it better for a man to choose to be bad than to be conditioned to be good?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
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?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
That's what it's going to be then, brothers, as I come to the like end of this tale. You have been everywhere with your little droog Alex, suffering with him, and you have viddied some of the most grahzny bratchnies old Bog ever made, all on to your old droog Alex. And all it was was that I was young. But now as I end this story, brothers, I am not young, not no longer, oh no. Alex like groweth up, oh yes. But where I itty now, O my brothers, is all on my oddy knocky, where you cannot go. Tomorrow is all like sweet flowers and the turning young earth and the stars and the old Luna up there and your old droog Alex all on his oddy knocky seeking like a mate. And all that cal. A terrible grahzny vonny world, really, O my brothers. And so farewell from your little droog. And to all others in this story profound shooms of lipmusic brrrrrr. And they can kiss my sharries. But you, O my brothers, remember sometimes thy little Alex that was. Amen. And all that call.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I wanted music very bad this evening, that singing devotchka in the Korova having perhaps started me off. I wanted like a big feast of it before getting my passport stamped, my brothers, at sleep’s frontier and the stripy shest lifted to let me through.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Badness is of the self, the one, the you or me on our oddy knockies, and that self is made by old Bog or God and is his great pride and radosty. But the not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
An eye for an eye, I say. If someone hits you you hit back, do you not? Why then should not the State, very severely hit by you brutal hooligans, not hit back also? But the new view is to say no. The new view is that we turn the bad into the good. All of which seems to me grossly unjust.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
There is, in fact, not much point in writing a novel unless you can show the possibility of moral transformation, or an increase in wisdom, operating in your chief character or characters. Even trashy bestsellers show people changing. When a fictional work fails to show change, when it merely indicates that human character is set, stony, unregenerable, then you are out of field of the novel and into that of the fable or the allegory. - from the introduction of the 1986 Norton edition
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Feeling very surprised too at myself. I knew what was happening, O my brothers. I was like growing up.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Quizás el hombre que elige el mal es en cierto modo mejor que aquel a quien se le impone el bien,
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Well, if they would not go to school they must still have their education. And education they had had.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
You were not put on this earth just to get in touch with God. That sort of thing could sap all the strength and the goodness out of a chelloveck.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The old days are dead and gone days. For what I did in the past I have been punished. I have been cured.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The question is whether such a technique can really make a man good. Greatness comes from within, 6655321. Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Our subject is, you see, impelled towards the good by, paradoxically, being impelled towards evil. The intention to act violently is accompanied by strong feelings of physical distress. To counter these the subject has to switch to a diametrically opposed attitude.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I had thought we were friends," he said. "I cannot be your friend." He took a step forward. "What if I were to ask you—" "Gideon!" It was Henry, at the open door, breathless, wearing one of his terrible green-and-orange-striped waistcoats. "Your brother's here. Downstairs—" Gideon's eyes widened. "Gabriel's here?" "Yes. Shouting something about your father, but he won't tell us anything more unless you're there. He swears it. Come along." Gideon hesitated, his eyes moving from Henry to Sophie, who tried to look invisible. "I . . ." "Come now, Gideon." Henry rarely spoke sharply, and when he did, the effect was startling. "He's covered in blood.
Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
Bueno, que me cuelguen si no es ese gordo maloliente, el cabrón Billy y toda la porquería. ¿Cómo estás, botellón de aceite de cocina barato? Acércate, que te daré una en los yarblocos, si es que los tienes, eunuco grasiento.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Some of us have to fight. There are great traditions of liberty to defend. I am no partisan man. Where I see the infamy I seek to erase it. Party names mean nothing. 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-.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
What’s on them, I wonder. What would be up there on things like that?’ I nudged him hard, saying: ‘Come, gloopy bastard as thou art. Think thou not on them. There’ll be life like down here most likely, with some getting knifed and others doing the knifing.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Ser bueno puede llegar a ser algo horrible.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Человек, выбравший Зло, в определенной степени лучше того, кого принудили к Добру.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
It may not be nice to be good, 6655321. It may be horrible to be good. And when I say that to you I realize how self-contradictory that sounds. I know I shall have many sleepless nights about this. 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?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Then I noticed, in all my pain and sickness,what music it was that like crackled and boomed on the sound-track, and it was Ludwig van, the last movement of the Fifth Symphony, and I creeched like bezoomny at that. "Stop!" I creeched. "Stop, you grahzny disgusting sods. It's a sin, that's what it is, a filthy unforgivable sin, you bratchnies!
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
You've sinned, I suppose, but your punishment has been out of all proportion. They have turned you into something other than a human being. You have no power of choice any longer. You are committed to socially acceptable acts, a little machine capable only of good.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
And now, talking of praying, I realise sadly that there will be little point in praying for you. You are passing now to a region where you will be beyond the reach of the power of prayer.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
One thing I could never stand was to see a filthy dirty old drunky howling away at the filthy songs of his fathers and going blurp blurp in between as it might be a filthy old orchestra in his stinking rotten guts;I could never stand to see anyone like that. whatever his age might be, but more especially when he was real old like this one was.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles, you enuch jelly, thou
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I see you have books under your arm, brother. It is indeed a rare pleasure these days to come across somebody that still reads, brother.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The heresy of an age of reason. I see what is right and approve, but I do what is wrong.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Power power, everybody like wants power
Anthony Burgess
Каждый убивает то, что любит.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
You've sinned, I suppose, but your punishment has been out of all proportion. They have turned you into something other than a human being. You have no power of choice any longer. You are committed to socially acceptable acts, a little machine capable only of good. And I see that clearly - that business about marginal conditionings. Music and the sexual act, literature and art, all must be a source now not of pleasure but of pain.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Now in those days, my brothers, the teaming up was mostly by fours and fives, these being like auto-teams, for being a comfy number for an auto, and six being the outside limit for gang-size. Sometimes gangs would gang up so as to make like malenky armies for big nightwar, but mostly it was best to roam in these like small numbers.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
As we walked along the flatblock marina, I was calm on the outside, but thinking all the time - Now it was to be Georgie the general, saying what we should do and what not to do, and Dim as his mindless greeding bulldog. But suddenly, I viddied that thinking was for the gloopy ones, and that the oomny ones use like, inspiration and what Bog sends. Now it was lovely music that came into my aid. There was a window open with the stereo on, and I viddied right at once what to do.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
But poor old Dim kept looking up at the stars and planets and the Luna with his rot wide open like a kid who'd never viddied any such thing before, and he said: "What's on them, I wonder. What would be up there on things like that?" I nudged him hard, saying: "Come, gloopy bastard as thou art. Think thou not on them. There'll be life like down here most likely, with some getting knifed and others doing the knifing.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
My book was Kennedyan and accepted the notion of moral progress. What was really wanted was a Nixonian book with no shred of optimism in it. Let us have evil prancing on the page... up to the very last line... Such a book would be sensational, and so it is. But I do not think it is it fair picture of human life. I do not think so because, by definition, a human being is endowed with free will. He can use this to choose between good and evil. If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange-meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil... It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil. The important thing is moral choice... Life is sustained by the grinding opposition of moral entities.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
They have turned you into something other than a human being. You have no power of choice any longer. You are committed to socially acceptable acts, a little machine capable only of good. And I see that clearly—that business about the marginal conditionings. Music and the sexual act, literature and art, all must be a source now not of pleasure but of pain.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The modern State, whether in a totalitarian or a democratic country, has far too much power, and we are probably right to fear it.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
You got used to a bit of peace and you got used to a bit of extra pretty polly.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I like nothing better in this world than a good clean book, brother.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
There's the mackerel of the cornflake for you, you dirty reader of filth and nastiness.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
If he can only perform good or only perform evil, then he is a clockwork orange—meaning that he has the appearance of an organism lovely with colour and juice but is in fact only a clockwork toy to be wound up by God or the Devil or (since this is increasingly replacing both) the Almighty State.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
And then, before he told me, I knew what it was. The old ptitsa who had all the kots and koshkas had passed on to a better world in one of the city hospitals. I'd cracked her a bit too hard, like. Well, well, that was everything. I thought of all those kots and koshkas mewling for moloko and getting none, not any more from their starry forella of a mistress. That was everything. I'd done the lot, now and me still only fifteen.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The attempt to impose upon man, a creature of growth and capable of sweetness, to ooze juicily at the last round the bearded lips of God, to attempt to impose, I say, laws and conditions appropriate to a mechanical creation, against this I raise my sword-pen.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
What's all this about sin, eh?' 'That,' I said, very sick. 'Using Ludwig van like that. He did no harm to anyone. Beethoven just wrote music.' And then I was really sick and they had to bring a bowl that was in the shape of like a kidney. 'Music,' said Dr. Brodsky, like musing. 'So you're keen on music. I know nothing about it myself. It's a useful emotional heightener, that's all I know. Well, well. What do you think about that, eh, Branom?' 'It can't be helped,' said Dr. Branom. 'Each man kills the thing he loves...
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Oh, it was wonder of wonders. And then, a bird of like rarest spun heavenmetal, or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now, came the violin solo above all the other strings, and those strings were like a cage of silk round my bed. Then flute and oboe bored, like worms of like platinum, into the thick thick toffee gold and silver.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Pero hermanos, este morderse las uñas acerca de la causa de la maldad es lo que me da verdadera risa. No les preocupa saber cuál es la causa de la bondad, y entonces, ¿por qué quieren averiguar el otro asunto? Si los liudos (individuos) son buenos es porque les gusta, y ni se me ocurriría interferir en sus placeres, así que lo mismo deberían hacer en el otro negocio. Y yo soy cliente del otro negocio.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Hapisteki şairin dediği gibi, her insan sevdiği şeyi öldürür. Ceza öğesi budur belki de. (syf. 100)
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Goodness comes from within, 6655321. Goodness is something chosen. When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
A work of art is somehow organic, and to slash a painting or smash a statue is not just an offence against property: it is an offence against life.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
It's funny how the colours of the like real world only seem real real when you viddy them on a screen
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Unfortunately there is so much original sin in us all that we find evil rather attractive. To devastate is easier and more spectacular than to create.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The trombones crunched redgold under my bed, and behind my gulliver the trumpets threewise silverflamed,
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Because I'm too drunk to feel the pain if you hit me, and if you kill me I'll be glad to be dead.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Being young's a sort of sickness, Measles, mumps or chicken pox. Gather all your toys together, Lock them in a wooden box. That means tolchocks, crasting and dratsing, All of the things that suit a boy. When you build instead of busting, You can start your Ode to Joy. Do not be a clockwork orange, Freedom has a lovely voice. Here is good and there is badness, Look on both, then take your choice. Sweet in juice and hue and aroma, Let's not be changed to fruit machines. Choice is free but seldom easy- That's what human freedom means.
Anthony Burgess
The twenty-first chapter gives the novel the quality of genuine fiction, an art founded on the principle that human beings change. There is, in fact, not much point in writing a novel unless you can show the possibility of moral transformation, or an increase in wisdom, operating in your chief character or characters. Even trashy bestsellers show people changing. When a fictional work fails to show change, when it merely indicates that human character is set, stony, unregenerable, then you are out of the field of the novel and into that of the fable or the allegory.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Ama kötülüğün sebebini bulmaya çalışarak tırnakların kemirmeleri kahkahadan kırılmama yol açıyor kardeşlerim. İyiliğin sebebini aradıkları yok, öyleyse niye tersini merak ediyorlar ki? (syf. 35)
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
What’s this for?’ I said. And this veck replied, interrupting his like song an instant, that it was to keep my gulliver still and make me look at the screen. ‘But,’ I said, ‘I want to look at the screen. I’ve been brought here to viddy films and viddy films I shall.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Some of us have to fight. There are great traditions of liberty to defend. I am no partisan man. Where I see the infamy I seek to erase it. Party names mean nothing. 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-.
Anthony Burgess
But the not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self. And is not our modern history, my brothers, the story of the brave malenky selves fighting these big machines?" nah, that's too serious. How's about: “There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
But when the social entity grows large, becomes a megalopolis, a state, a federation, then the governing machine grows remote, impersonal, even inhuman. It takes money from us for purposes we do not seem to sanction; it treats us as abstract statistics; it controls an army; it supports a police force whose function does not always appear to be protective.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
My son, my son. When I had my son I would explain all that to him when he was starry enough to like understand. But then I knew he would not understand or would not want to understand at all and would do all the veshches I had done, yes perhaps even killing some poor starry forella surrounded with mewing kots and koshkas, and I would not be able to really stop him. And nor would he be able to stop his own son, brothers. And so it would itty on to like the end of the world...
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
İyilik seçilemeyen bir şeydir. İnsan seçemediğinde insanlıktan çıkar. (syf. 73 – 74)
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Oh? And what's so stinking about it?.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Для смерти тоже надо созреть.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Parem de me tratar feito uma coisa que é só pra ser usada. Não sou um idiota sobre o qual vocês possam se impor […]
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
But now as I end this story, brothers, I am not young, not no longer, oh no. Alex like groweth up, oh yes.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
So we got hold of him and cracked him with a few good horrorshow tolchocks, but he still went on singing.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
How art thou, thou globby bottle of cheap stinking chip-oil? Come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles, you eunuch jelly, thou.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I am everyone’s friend,’ I said. ‘Except to my enemies.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
The Government cannot be concerned any longer with outmoded penelogical theories. Cram criminals together and see what happens, You get concentrated criminality, crime in the midst of punishment.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Well well well. What makes, bratty. What gives, this fine bright middle of the nochy?" He said: "I'll give you just ten seconds to wipe that stupid grin off of your face. Then I want you to listen." "Well, what?" I said, smecking. "Are you not satisfied with beating me near to death and having me spat upon and making me confess to crimes for hours on end and then shoving me among bezoomnies and vonny perverts in that grahzny cell? Have you some new torture for me, you bratchny?" "It'll be your own torture," he said, serious. "I hope to God it'll torture you to madness." And then, before he told me, I knew what it was. The old ptitsa who had all the kots and koshkas had passed on to a better world in one of the city hospitals. I'd cracked her a bit too hard, like. Well, well, that was everything. I thought of all those kots and koshkas mewling for moloko and getting none, not any more from their starry forella of a mistress. That was everything. I'd done the lot, now and me still only fifteen.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
I was eighteen now, just gone. Eighteen was not a young age. At eighteen old Wolfgang Amadeus had written concertos and symphonies and operas and oratorios and all that cal, no, not cal, heavenly music. And then there was old Felix M. with his "Midsummer Night's Dream" Overture. And there were others. And there was this like French poet set by old Benjy Britt, who had done all his best poetry by the age of fifteen, O my brothers. Arthur, his first name. Eighteen was not all that young an age then. But what was I going to do?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Oh, era suntuoso, y la suntuosidad hecha carne. Los trombones crujían como láminas de oro bajo mi cama, y detrás de mi golová las trompetas lanzaban lenguas de plata, y al lado de la puerta los timbales me asaltaban las tripas y brotaban otra vez como un trueno de caramelo. Oh, era una maravilla de maravillas. Y entonces, como un ave de hilos entretejidos del más raro metal celeste, o un vino de plata que flotaba en una nave del espacio, perdida toda gravedad, llegó el solo de violín imponiéndose a las otras cuerdas, y alzó como una jaula de seda alrededor de mi cama. Aquí entraron la flauta y el oboe, como gusanos platinados, en el espeso tejido de plata y oro. Yo volaba poseído por mi propio éxtasis, oh hermanos.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Algunas veces no es grato ser bueno, pequeño 6655321. Ser bueno puede llega a ser algo horrible. Y te lo digo sabiendo que puede ser una afirmación muy contradictoria. ¿Qué quiere Dios, el bien o que uno elija el camino del bien? Quizás el hombre que elige el mal es en cierto modo mejor que aquel a quien se le impone el bien.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Юность не вечна, о да. И потом, в юности ты всего лишь вроде как животное, что ли. Нет, даже не животное, а скорее какая-нибудь игрушка, что продаются на каждом углу, – вроде как жестяной человечек с пружиной внутри, которого ключиком снаружи заведешь – др-др-др, и он пошел вроде как сам по себе, бллин. Но ходит он только по прямой и на всякие vestshi натыкается – бац, бац, к тому же если уж он пошел, то остановиться ни за что не может. В юности каждый из нас похож на такую malennkuju заводную shtutshku.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Birisi sana vurursa, sen de ona vurursun, değil mi? Siz gaddar serseriler de devlete çok sert vuruyorsunuz, öyleyse devlet niye aynı şekilde karşılık vermesin. Ama yeni bakış açısı buna hayır diyor. Yeni bakış açısına göre, kötüleri iyiye dönüştürmeliymişiz. (syf. 82)
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
and you were sort of hypnotized by your boot or shoe or a finger-nail as it might be,and at the same time you were sort of picked up by the old scruff and shook like you might be a cat.you got shook and shook till there was nothing left.you lost your name and your body and your self and you just didn’t care,and you waited until your boot or finger-nail got yellow,then yellower and yellower all the time.then the lights started cracking like atomics and the boot or finger-nail or,as it might be,a bit of dirt on your trouser-bottom turned into a big big big mesto,bigger than the whole world,and you were just going to get introduced to old Bog or God when it was all over.you came back to here and now whimpering sort of,with your rot all squaring up for a boohoohoo.now that’s very nice but very cowardly.you were not put on this earth just to get in touch with God.that sort of thing could sap all the strength and the goodness out of a chelloveck.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Iyi bir insan olmak çok da hoş olmayabilir. Iyi bir insan olmak korkunç olabilir. Bunu sana söylerken, kulağa ne kadar çelişkili geldiğini biliyorum...Tanrı ne ister? Tanrı iyilik mi ister yoksa iyi olma seçeneğini mi? Kötülüğü seçen bir insan, kendisine iyilik dayatılmış bir insandan bazı açılardan daha üstün olabilir mi?
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Сын, сын, мой сын. У меня будет сын, и я объясню ему все это, когда он подрастет и сможет понять меня. Однако только лишь подумав это, я уже знал: никогда он не поймет, да и не захочет он ничего понимать, а делать будет все те же vestshi, которые и я делал, – да-да, он, может быть, даже убьет какую-нибудь старую ptitsu, окруженную мяукающими kotami и koshkami, и я не смогу остановить его. А он не сможет остановить своего сына. И так по кругу до самого конца света – по кругу, по кругу, по кругу, будто какой-то огромный великан, какой-нибудь Бог или Gospodd (спасибо бару «Korova») все крутит и крутит в огромных своих ручищах voniutshi griaznyi апельсин.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
But the not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self. And is not our modern history, my brothers, the story of brave malenky selves fighting these big machines? I am serious with you, brothers, over this. But what I do I do because I like to do.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Oğlum, oğlum. Oğlum olunca, yeterince büyüyünce ona bütün bunları açıklayacaktım. Ama sonra anlamayacağını veya hiç anlamak istemeyeceğini ve yapmış olduğum şeyleri yapacağını, evet hatta miyavlayan tekirlerle ve sarmanlarla çevrili zavallı bir moruk sazanı öldüreceğini ve ona cidden engel olamayacağımı anladım. O da kendi oğluna engel olamayacaktı kardeşlerim. Dünyanın sonuna kadar filan da böyle gidecekti, durmadan durmadan durmadan, kocaman dev gibi bir herif filan gibi, belki dev ellerinde leş kokulu pis bir portakalı döndürüp döndürüp duran bizim Tanrı'nın kendisi gibi (Korova Sütbarı sağ olsun.)
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Bazılarımız mücadele etmeli. Büyük özgürlük geleneklerini savunmak gerek. Ben partizan değilim. Rezalet gördüm mü düzeltmeye çalışırım. Parti isimlerinin hiçbir anlamı yok. Sadece özgürlük geleneği önemli. Sıradan insanlar ondan vazgeçecektir, ah evet. Daha sakin bir hayat uğruna özgürlüğü satacaklar. Bu yüzden dürtüklenmeleri, dürtüklenmeleri gerekiyor… (syf.141 – 142)
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Ah, 6655321, think on the divine suffering. Meditate on that, my boy.' And all the time he had this rich manny von of Scotch on him, and then he went off to his little cantora to peet some more. So I read all about the scourging and the crowning with thorns and then the cross veshch and all that cal, and I viddied better that there was something in it. While the stereo played bits of lovely Bach I closed my glazzies and viddied myself helping in and even taking charge of the tolchocking and the nailing in, being dressed in a like toga that was the heighth of Roman fashion. So being in Staja 84F was not all that wasted, and the Governor himself was very pleased to hear that I had taken to like Religion, and that was where I had my hopes.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Yes yes yes, there it was. Youth must go, ah yes. But youth is only being in a way like it might be an animal. No, it is not just like being an animal so much as being one of these malenky toys you viddy being sold in the streets, like little chellovecks made out of tin and with a spring inside and then a winding handle on the outside and you wind it up grrr grrr grrr and off it itties, like walking, O my brothers. But it itties in a straight line and bangs straight into things bang bang and it cannot help what it is doing. Being young is like being like one of these malenky machines. My son, my son. When I had my son I would explain all that to him when he was starry enough to like understand. But then I knew he would not understand or would not want to understand at all and would do all the veshches I had done, yes perhaps even killing some poor starry forella surrounded with mewing kots and koshkas, and I would not be able to really stop him. And nor would he be able to stop his own son, brothers. And so it would itty on until like the end of the world, round and round and round, like some bolshy gigantic like chelloveck, like old Bog Himself (by courtesy of Korova Milkbar) turning and turning and turning a vonny grahzny orange in his gigantic rookers.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Evet evet evet, işte buydu. Gençlik bitmeliydi, ah evet. Ama gençlik, hayvanmış gibi olmaktır zaten sadece. Hayır, sadece hayvanmış gibi olmak değil de hani şu sokaklarda satıldığını dikizlediğimiz minik oyuncaklardan biri olmak gibidir, teneke ve içi zemberekli ve üstünde kurma dolu olan ve gırr gırr gırr diye kurunca gitmeye başlayan, yürüyen filan minik heriflerden biri olmak gibidir, ey kardeşlerim. Ama dosdoğru gider ve bir şeylere çarpar bam bam ve yaptıklarını, elinde olmadan yapar. Genç olmak, bu minik makinelerden biri olmak gibidir. (syf. 167)
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
Algunas veces no es grato ser bueno, pequeño 6655321. Ser bueno puede llegar a ser algo horrible. Y te lo digo sabiendo que quizá te parezca una afirmación muy contradictoria. Sé que esto me costará muchas noches de insomnio. ¿Qué quiere Dios? ¿El bien o que uno elija el camino del bien? Quizás el hombre que elige el mal es en cierto modo mejor que aquel a quien se le impone el bien. Son problemas profundos y difíciles,pequeño 6655321.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
but,brothers, this biting of their toe-nails over what is the cause of badness is what turns me into a fine laughing malchick... more badness is of the self, the one, the you or me on our oddy knockies,and that self is made by old Bog or God and is his great pride and radosty. But the not-self cannot have the bad, meaning they of the government and the judges and the schools cannot allow the bad because they cannot allow the self... But what I do I do because I like to do.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)
So if I get loveted and it's three months in this mesto and another six in that, and then, as P. R. Deltoid so kindly warns, next time, in spite of the great tenderness of my summers, brothers, it's the great unearthly zoo itself, well, I say, 'Fair, but a pity, my lords, because I just cannot bear to be shut in. My endeavour shall be, in such future as stretches out its snowy and lilywhite arms to me before the nozh overtakes or the blood spatters its final chorus in twisted metal and smashed glass on the highroad, to not get loveted again.
Anthony Burgess (A Clockwork Orange)