Selected Quotes from A Clockwork Orange

  1. “Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?”
  2. “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.”
  3. “It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen.”
  4. “It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.”
  5. “Great Music, it said, and Great Poetry would like quieten Modern Youth down and make Modern Youth more Civilized. Civilized my syphilised yarbles.”
  6. “We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.”
  7. “When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.”
– Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962)

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