Edward Bellamy

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If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second.

Edward Bellamy (March 26, 1850May 22, 1898) was an American novelist.

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Dr. Heidenhoff's Process (1880)[edit]

  • Forgiving sins, I should have known, is not blotting them out. The blood of Christ only turns them red instead of black. It leaves them in the record. It leaves them in the memory.
    • Ch. 1
  • A sense of utter loneliness—loneliness inevitable, crushing, eternal, the loneliness of existence, encompassed by the infinite void of unconsciousness—enfolded him as a pall. Life lay like an incubus on his bosom. He shuddered at the thought that death might overlook him, and deny him its refuge.
    • Ch. 2
  • No girl, however coolly her blood may flow, can be pressed to a man's breast, wildly throbbing with love for her, and not experience some agitation in consequence. Whatever may be the state of her sentiments, there is a magnetism in such a contact which she cannot at once throw off. That kiss had brought her relations with Henry to a crisis. It had precipitated the necessity of some decision. She could no longer hold him off, and play with him. By that bold dash he had gained a vantage-ground, a certain masterful attitude which he had never held before. Yet, after all, I am not sure that she was not just a little afraid of him, and, moreover, that she did not like him all the better for it.
    • Ch. 3
  • The most dangerous lovers women have are men of Cordis's feminine temperament. Such men, by the delicacy and sensitiveness of their own organizations, read women as easily and accurately as women read each other. They are alert to detect and interpret those smallest trifles in tone, expression, and bearing, which betray the real mood far more unmistakably than more obvious signs.
    • Ch. 4
  • But one thing it opened her eyes to, and made certain from the first instant of her new consciousness, namely, that since she loved him she could not keep her promise to marry him.
    • Ch. 8
  • Why, when the world gets to understand about it I expect that two men or two women, or a man and a woman, will come in here, and say to me, 'We have quarrelled and outraged each other, we have injured our friend, our wife, our husband; we regret, we would forgive, but we cannot, because we remember. Put between us the atonement of forgetfulness, that we may love each other as of old.
    • Ch. 11
  • The difference between the past and present selves of the same individual is so great as to make them different persons for all moral purposes. That single fact we were just speaking of—the fact that no man would care for vengeance on one who had injured him, provided he knew that all memory of the offence had been blotted utterly from his enemy's mind—proves the entire proposition. It shows that it is not the present self of his enemy that the avenger is angry with at all, but the past self. Even in the blindness of his wrath he intuitively recognizes the distinction between the two.
    • Ch. 11

Looking Backward, 2000-1887 (1888)[edit]

  • Human history, like all great movements, was cyclical, and returned to the point of beginning. the idea of indefinite progress in a right line was a chimera of the imagination, with no analogue in nature. The parabola of a comet was perhaps a better illustration of the career of humanity. Tending upward and sunward from the aphelion of barbarism, the race attained the perihelion of civilization only to plunge downward once more to its nether goal in the regions of chaos.
    • Ch. 1
  • Hold the period of youth sacred to education, and the period of maturity, when the physical forces begin to flag, equally sacred to ease and agreeable relaxation.
    • Ch. 6
  • Buying and selling is essentially antisocial.
    • Ch. 9
  • The nation guarantees the nurture, education, and comfortable maintenance of every citizen from the cradle to the grave.
    • Ch. 9
  • When you come to analyze the love of money which was the general impulse to effort in your day, you find that the dread of want and desire of luxury was but one of several motives which the pursuit of money represented; the others, and with many the more influential, being desire of power, of social position, and reputation for ability and success.
    • Ch. 9
  • Badly off as the men...were in your day, they were more fortunate than their mothers and wives.
    • Ch. 11
  • [I]f we could have devised an arrangement for providing everybody with music in their homes, perfect in quality, unlimited in quantity, suited to every mood, and beginning and ceasing at will, we should have considered the limit of human felicity already attained, and ceased to strive for further improvements.
    • Ch. 11
  • An American credit card...is just as good in Europe as American gold used to be.
    • Ch. 13
  • Equal wealth and equal opportunities of culture...have simply made us all members of one class.
    • Ch. 14
  • If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second.
    • Ch. 18
  • Your system was liable to periodical convulsions...business crises at intervals of five to ten years, which wrecked the industries of the nation.
    • Ch. 22
  • On no other stage are the scenes shifted with a swiftness so like magic as on the great stage of history when once the hour strikes.
    • Author's postscript
  • Looking Backward was written in the belief that the Golden Age lies before us and not behind us.
    • Author's postscript

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