the BookQuoters community. The Machine Stops and Other Stories Quotes Showing 1-1 of 1 “To attribute these two great developments to the Central Committee, is to take a very narrow view of civilization. We also accept more relevant and important. And scarcely knowing what she did, she stumbled forward and pressed the unfamiliar button, the one that opened the door of her cell.”, “Then she generated the light, and the sight of her room, flooded with radiance and studded with electric buttons, revived her. Year by year it was served with increased efficiency and decreased intelligence. Those funny old days, when men went for change of air instead of changing the air in their rooms!” Error rating book. https://en.wikiquote.org/w/index.php?title=The_Machine_Stops&oldid=2523430, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. They simply complain, and get the almonds stuck up their noses,” All the old literature, with its praise of Nature, and its fear of Nature, rang false as the prattle of a child.” Century after century had he toiled, and here was his reward. BookQuoters is a community of passionate readers who enjoy sharing the most meaningful, We created the Machine, to do our will, but we cannot make it do our will now. We only exist as the blood corpuscles that course through its arteries, and if it could work without us, it would let us die.” and there were of course the buttons by which she communicated with her friends. And so with the mouldy artificial fruit, so with the bath water that began to stink, so with the defective rhymes that the poetry machine had taken to emit. Kuno and Vashti, have differing opinions about the world which they live in and their interaction and conflict as their society comes to a sudden collapse. Seated in her armchair she spoke, while they in their armchairs heard her, fairly well, and saw her, fairly well.”, “The imponderable bloom, declared by a discredited philosophy to be the actual essence of intercourse, was rightly ignored by the Machine, just as the imponderable bloom of the grape was ignored by the manufacturers of artificial fruit. O Machine' and raised the volume to her lips. We thoughtfully gather quotes from our favorite books, both classic and current, and See more on GoodReads, “Turkish DelightTurkish delight has had a bad reputation since that man C.S.Lewis - a positive genius in other ways - linked it for ever with one of the most terrifying creations in literature, the White Witch of Narnia, and that naughty, sticky, traitorous Edmund. LEGAL. A mother talks to her son by videoconference. That's the take-away message from my research so far. As the events of the Indian Revolt demonstrated, the British believed that the best way to curb nationalist sentiment was to classify the indigenous population not as Indians, but as Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, etc. 3. The room, though it contained nothing, was in touch with all that she cared for in the world. Why return to Shrewsbury when it would all be like Peking? "The Machine Stops" basically expresses the same ethical and social preoccupations that inform all the other works of Forster, who repeatedly denounces the dangers of a materialistic ethos and of a general conformism imposed by rigid social conventions, exposing the spiritual barrenness and the emotional impoverishment generated by the repression of diversity, spontaneity and creativity. Now they sleep — perhaps for ever. I’m over it.” “Oh, you’re over it?” My throat tightens. Privacy Policy. typical of the Information Age but is a habit disdained by some diehard readers. 32 quotes from The Machine Stops: ‘You talk as if a god had made the Machine, cried the other. Great men, but men. And in time” — his voice rose — “there will come a generation that had got beyond facts, beyond impressions, a generation absolutely colourless, a generation ‘seraphically free From taint of personality,’ which will see the French Revolution not as it happened, nor as they would like it to have happened, but as it would have happened, had it taken place in the days of the Machine.”, “Time passed, and they resented the defects no longer. offer you some of the highlights. Did you know that? There are no musical instruments, and yet, at the moment that my meditation opens, this room is throbbing with melodious sounds. Thrice she kissed it, thrice inclined her head, thrice she felt the delirium of acquiescence.”, “The clumsy system of public gatherings had been long since abandoned; neither Vashti nor her audience stirred from their rooms. ― Reza Aslan, quote from No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam. “You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. It was robbed us of the sense of space and of the sense of touch, it has blurred every human relation and narrowed down love to a carnal act, it has paralyzed our bodies and our wills, and now it compels us to worship it. There came a day when over the whole world - in Sumatra, in Wessex, in the innumerable cities of Courland and Brazil - the beds, when summoned by their tired owners, failed to appear. ― Jenny Colgan, quote from Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams, “Like, this whole Molly thing with the secret crushes that go nowhere. Other Resources. Plot Summaries. ― E.M. Forster, quote from The Machine Stops, “In the dawn of the world our weakly must be exposed on Mount Taygetus, in its twilight our strong will suffer euthanasia, that the Machine may progress, that the Machine may progress, that the Machine may progress eternally.” The categorization and separation of native peoples was a common tactic for maintaining colonial control over territories whose national boundaries had been arbitrarily drawn with little consideration for the ethnic, cultural, or religious makeup of the local inhabitants. [The] very first description of the internet in any detail was probably E M Forster's The Machine Stops from 1909, decades before computers existed: "People never touched one another. Those master brains had perished.”, “Man's feet are the measure for distance, his hands are the measure for ownership, his body is the measure for all that is lovable and desirable and strong.”, “Those funny old days, when men went for change of air instead of changing the air in their rooms! Let your ideas be second-hand, and if possible tenth-hand, for then they will be far removed from that disturbing element - direct observation. 'Imagine, If You Can': Love, Time and the Impossibility of Utopia in E. M. Forster's 'The Machine Stops'. This was the Book of the Machine. “You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. Let your ideas be second-hand, and if possible tenth-hand, for then they will be far removed from that disturbing element — direct observation. View All Titles. What was the good of going to Peking when it was just like Shrewsbury? The Machine develops - but not on our lies. Something "good enough" had long since been accepted by our race.”, The Machine Stops [Penguin Twentieth Century Classics], The Machine Stops: By E. M. Forster - Illustrated. Why return to Shrewsbury when it would all be like Peking? Do not learn anything about this subject of mine — the French Revolution.Learn instead what I think that Enicharmon thought Urizen thought Gutch thought Ho-Yung thought Chi-Bo-Sing thought Lafcadio Hearn thought Carlyle thought Mirabeau said about the French Revolution. Those funny old days, when men went for change of air instead of changing the air in their rooms!”, “Vashti was seized with the terrors of direct experience. There was the cold-bath button. You don’t even talk to them.” Here we go. For some of us a quote becomes a mantra, a goal or a The Machine develops - but not on our lies. 2005. It has robbed us of the sense of space and of the sense of touch, it has blurred every human relation and narrowed down love to a carnal act, it has paralyzed our bodies and our wills, and now it compels us to worship it. The equivocal opening phrase, 'imagine, if you can', suggests that the capacity for imagination is already dwindling and that the disappearance of orality in the short story is, in part, symptomatic of this decline. It only gave a general idea of people - an idea that was good enough for all practical purposes, Vashti thought. There was the cold-bath button. For all of us, quotes are a great way to remember a book Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Jaron Lanier. The Machine is much, but not everything.” This page was last edited on 4 January 2019, at 01:44. Things went from bad to worse unchallenged.”, “لقد صنعنا «الآلة» لكي تنفِّذ إرادتنا، لكننا لا نملك أن ندفعها لتنفيذ إرادتنا الآن.. لقد سلبت منَّا الإحساس بالفضاء والإحساس باللمس.. لقد غيمت كل رابطة إنسانية وانتقصت من الحب ليبيت محض فعلٍ شهواني.. لقد شلَّت أجسادنا وإرادتنا.. والآن تجبرنا على عبادتها..”, “Then, half ashamed, hald joyful, she murmured 'O Machine! Its hum penetrates our blood, and may even guide our thoughts. The Machine develops - but not on our lies. It is not, truly, a sweet for children. There was the cold-bath button. There were buttons and switches everywhere – buttons to call for food for music, for clothing. They described the strange feeling of peace that came over them when they handled the Book of the Machine, the pleasure that it was to repeat certain numerals out of it, however little meaning those numerals conveyed to the outward ear, the ecstasy of touching a button, however unimportant, or of ringing an electric bell, however superfluously.

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