Aldous Huxley Quotes

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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

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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

A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.

Aldous Huxley

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.

Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

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

Aldous Huxley

An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.

Aldous Huxley

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

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Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.

Aldous Huxley

Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.

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

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.

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Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.

Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley

Dream in a pragmatic way.

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

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

Every man's memory is his private literature.

Aldous Huxley

Every person who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make life full, significant, and interesting.

Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley

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

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Experience teaches only the teachable.

Aldous Huxley

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Aldous Huxley

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

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From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.

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

Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.

Aldous Huxley

Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.

Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley

Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.

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I can sympathise with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.

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

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

Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley

If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.

Aldous Huxley

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.'

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

It was one of those evenings when men feel that truth, goodness and beauty are one. In the morning, when they commit their discovery to paper, when others read it written there, it looks wholly ridiculous.

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

Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley

Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay.

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Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.

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Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.

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Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

Aldous Huxley

Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history.

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