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Aldous Huxley Quotes

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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
- Aldous Huxley

Related topics: Wisdom

My father considered a walk among the mountains
as the equivalent of churchgoing.
- Aldous Huxley

Experience is not what happens to a man.
It is what a man does with what happens to him.
- Aldous Huxley

Dream in a pragmatic way.
- Aldous Huxley

 

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
- Aldous Huxley

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
- Aldous Huxley

Experience teaches only the teachable.
- Aldous Huxley

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After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing
the inexpressible is music.
- Aldous Huxley

Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.
- Aldous Huxley

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
- Aldous Huxley

Technological progress has merely provided us with
more efficient means for going backwards.
- Aldous Huxley

All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings,
and so, give them the power to pull ours.
- Aldous Huxley

Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
- Aldous Huxley

There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.
- Aldous Huxley

Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.
- Aldous Huxley

Every man's memory is his private literature.
- Aldous Huxley

Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people's happiness.
- Aldous Huxley

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.
- Aldous Huxley

Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
- Aldous Huxley

Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
- Aldous Huxley

The proper study of mankind is books.
- Aldous Huxley

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
- Aldous Huxley

We participate in a tragedy; at a comedy we only look.
- Aldous Huxley

Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.
- Aldous Huxley

Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen
drape over their will to power.
- Aldous Huxley

Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
- Aldous Huxley

There is no substitute for talent.
Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.
- Aldous Huxley

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity
for taking things for granted.
- Aldous Huxley

Like every man of sense and good feeling,
I abominate work.
- Aldous Huxley

Experience is not what happens to you;
it's what you do with what happens to you.
- Aldous Huxley

Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.
- Aldous Huxley

People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are.
- Aldous Huxley

Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always
ends in universal bullying.
- Aldous Huxley

An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.
- Aldous Huxley

The more powerful and original a mind,
the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
- Aldous Huxley

Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned
by that which charmed their fathers.
- Aldous Huxley

It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.
- Aldous Huxley

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
- Aldous Huxley

A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.
- Aldous Huxley

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
- Aldous Huxley

I'm afraid of losing my obscurity.
Genuineness only thrives in the dark.
Like celery.
- Aldous Huxley

Science has explained nothing; the more we know the
more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder
the surrounding darkness.
- Aldous Huxley

A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition
is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton
have never prevented the majority of human beings from
behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
- Aldous Huxley

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age,
which mean never losing your enthusiasm.
- Aldous Huxley

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch
and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.
- Aldous Huxley

I wanted to change the world.
But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
- Aldous Huxley

Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful.
It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom.
He accepts his boredom, when it comes,
not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
- Aldous Huxley

Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art,
a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system.
Man has re-created Europe in his own image.
- Aldous Huxley

God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific
medicine and universal happiness.
You must make your choice.
Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness.
- Aldous Huxley

What we feel and think and are is to a great extent
determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.
- Aldous Huxley

Those who believe that they are exclusively in the
right are generally those who achieve something.
- Aldous Huxley

An intellectual is a person who's found one thing that's
more interesting than sex.
- Aldous Huxley

A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one,
it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
- Aldous Huxley

My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby,
to some extent, directed.
Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger.
- Aldous Huxley

So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons,
Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.
- Aldous Huxley

Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio
to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
- Aldous Huxley

Words, words, words!
They shut one off from the universe.
Three quarters of the time one's never in contact with things,
only with the beastly words that stand for them.
- Aldous Huxley

The most shocking fact about war is that its victims
and its instruments are individual human beings,
and that these individual beings are condemned by the
monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered
in quarrels not their own.
- Aldous Huxley

Amour is the one human activity of any importance in
which laughter and pleasure preponderate,
if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.
- Aldous Huxley

The author of the Iliad is either Homer or,
if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
- Aldous Huxley

Orthodoxy is the diehard of the world of thought.
It learns not, neither can it forget.
- Aldous Huxley

That all men are equal is a proposition to which,
at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
- Aldous Huxley

Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself,
to multiply the ways in which he exists,
to make his life full, significant and interesting.
- Aldous Huxley

Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man
who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
- Aldous Huxley

Perhaps it's good for one to suffer.
Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever
want to do anything? What is art,
after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?
- Aldous Huxley

Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor,
for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams,
the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
- Aldous Huxley

That we are not much sicker and much madder than we
are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces,
sleep.
- Aldous Huxley

De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing
revolutionary of history.
- Aldous Huxley

It takes two to make a murder.
There are born victims, born to have their throats cut,
as the cut-throats are born to be hanged.
- Aldous Huxley

The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people
forget that certain other sets of people are human.
- Aldous Huxley

Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded,
in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science.
- Aldous Huxley


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