38 A Clockwork Orange Quotes From The Book & Movie
A Clockwork Orange, a novel by Anthony Burgess, was published in 1962. The novel was later turned into a dystopian crime film adapted, produced, and directed by Stanley Kubrick in 1971.
We have rounded up the hilarious collection of A Clockwork Orange quotes, lines, sayings, and dialogues, (with images, memes, pictures) about free will, government, ultra-violene and crime.
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The novel opens in a totalitarian society where violent youths abound. Alex, the protagonist, has a passion for classical music and is a member of a vicious teen gang.
Based on the Anthony Burgess novel, the film tells the tale of Alex (Malcolm McDowell), a young man whose cravings for sx and violence rule almost his every motivation.
He and his roving gang of “droogies” fight and rpe their way around town, beating up hapless strangers or rival gangs.
The novel story is concerned with the conflict between the individual and the state, the punishment of young criminals, and the possibility or otherwise of redemption.
The state is eager to crack down on juvenile crime giving an incarcerated Alex the option to undergo an invasive procedure that’ll rob him of all personal agency.
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The film was met with polarised reviews from critics and was controversial due to its depictions of graphic violence
The linguistic originality of the book, and the moral questions it raises, are as relevant now as they ever were.
In 2020, the significance of the film was recognized when it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Top 10 A Clockwork Orange Quotes From The Novel
- “Violence makes violence.” ― Anthony Burgess
- “A man who cannot choose ceases to be a man.”― Anthony Burgess
- “But what I do I do because I like to do.”― Anthony Burgess
- “I see what is right and approve, but I do what is wrong.”― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
- “We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.”― Anthony Burgess
- “It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.”
- “Strange, strange, that manner of voice pricks me. We’ve come into contact before, I’m sure we have.”
- “Is it better for a man to have chosen evil than to have good imposed upon him?”
- “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.”
- “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?
- “Goodness comes from within. Goodness is chosen. When a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.”
Best A Clockwork Orange Quotes From Alex
- “I was cured, all right.” – Alex
- I’ve taught you much, my little droogies.” – Alex
- “It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.” – Alex
- “You know what you can do with that watch? Stick it up your as!” – Alex
- “I jumped. O my brothers, and I fell hard but I did not snuff it, oh no. if I had snuffed it, I would not be here to tell what I have told.”- Alex
- “Yes, sir, and a very lonely place it is too, sir when I wake up in the middle of the night with my pain.” – Alex
- “It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van.” – Alex
- “I’m singing in the rain. Just singing in the rain. What a glorious feelin’ I’m happy again.” – Alex
- “Now they knew who was master and leader. Sheep, though I, but a real leader always knows when like to give and show generous to his unders.” – Alex
- “Appy-polly-loggies. I had something of a pain in the gulliver so I had to sleep. I was not awakened when I gave orders for wakening.” – Alex
Famous A Clockwork Orange Quotes
- “This must be a real horrorshow film if you’re so keen on my viddying it.”
- “He ceases also to be a creature capable of moral choice!” – Prison Chaplain
- “It’ll be your own torture. I hope to God it’ll torture you to madness!” – Deltoid
- “This vicious young hoodlum will be transformed out of all recognition.” – Minister
- “Right,” said Dr. Brodsky. “It’s association, the oldest educational method in the world. And what really causes you to feel ill.” – Dr. Brodsky
- “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.”
- “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. Any questions? ” – Dr. Brodsky
- “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.”
- “Choice! The boy has not a real choice, has he? Self-interest, the fear of physical pain drove him to that grotesque act of self-abasement. The insincerity was clear to be seen. He ceases to be a wrongdoer.” – Prison Chaplain
- “Life is a very wonderful thing,” said Dr. Branom in a like very holy goloss. “The processes of life, the make-up of the human organism, who can fully understand these miracles…” – Dr. Branom
Popular Quotes From Clockwork Orange
- I was always on my oddy knocky.” ― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
- “Bedways is rightways now, so best we go homeways.” ― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
- “I am everyone’s friend,’I said.’Except to my enemies.” ― Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
- “You were not put on this Earth just to get in touch with God” ― 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
- “To devastate is easier and more spectacular than to create.” ― 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
A Clockwork Orange Summary & Analysis
The central message of A Clockwork Orange seems to be that the freedom to choose (good or evil) is fundamental to mankind. Indeed, this element of moral choice distinguishes humans from machines and robots.
Upon its release, A Clockwork Orange received mixed reviews. While some complained about its violence and language, others noted that the novel raised important ethical questions.
While its initial sales were low, A Clockwork Orange became a huge success after the release of Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film adaptation, which adhered to the American version of the novel without its final redeeming chapter.
Although widely and critically acclaimed, the movie’s violent and seually explicit scenes proved controversial.
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