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406 Inspiring Quotes by Aldous Huxley

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Wikipedia Summary for Aldous Huxley

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer and philosopher. He wrote nearly 50 books—both novels and non-fiction works—as well as wide-ranging essays, narratives, and poems.

Born into the prominent Huxley family, he graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, with an undergraduate degree in English literature. Early in his career, he published short stories and poetry and edited the literary magazine Oxford Poetry, before going on to publish travel writing, satire, and screenplays. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death.

By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the foremost intellectuals of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature nine times and was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature in 1962.

Huxley was a pacifist. He grew interested in philosophical mysticism and universalism, addressing these subjects with works such as The Perennial Philosophy (1945)—which illustrates commonalities between Western and Eastern mysticism—and The Doors of Perception (1954)—which interprets his own psychedelic experience with mescaline. In his most famous novel Brave New World (1932) and his final novel Island (1962), he presented his vision of dystopia and utopia, respectively.

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An ideal is merely the projection, on an enormously enlarged scale, of some aspect of personality.

--Aldous Huxley

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That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.

--Aldous Huxley

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The daily bread of grace, without which nothing can be achieved, is given to the extent to which we ourselves give and forgive.

--Aldous Huxley

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Henri IV's feet and armpits enjoyed an international reputation.

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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Only times and places, only names and ghosts.

--Aldous Huxley


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Our vanity makes us exaggerate the importance of human life; the individual is nothing; Nature cares only for the species.

--Aldous Huxley


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But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.

--Aldous Huxley


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

--Aldous Huxley

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People travel for the same reason as they collect works of art: because the best people do it.

--Aldous Huxley

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Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons.

--Aldous Huxley

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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.

--Aldous Huxley

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What man has joined, nature is powerless to put asunder.

--Aldous Huxley


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Societies are composed of individuals and are good only insofar as they help individuals to realize their potentialities and to lead a happy and creative life.

--Aldous Huxley


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And that ... is the secret of happiness and virtue --liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.

--Aldous Huxley



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Spritual grace can't be received continuously or in its fullness, except by those who have willed away their self-will to the point of being able truthfully to say, "Not I, but God in me.

--Aldous Huxley



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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

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His gravest offence had been to accept the world in which he found himself as normal, rational and right.

--Aldous Huxley

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Nonsense is an assertion of man's spiritual freedom in spite of all the oppressions of circumstance.

--Aldous Huxley

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And what strange voices they have! Sometimes like the complaining of small children; sometimes like the noise of lambs.

--Aldous Huxley

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In all activities of life, the secret of efficiency lies in an ability to combine two seemingly incompatible states: a state of maximum activity and a state of maximum relaxation.

--Aldous Huxley


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Which is better: to have fun with fungi or to have Idiocy with ideology, to have wars because of words, to have tomorrow's misdeeds out of yesterday's miscreeds?

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley


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

--Aldous Huxley


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Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born.

--Aldous Huxley

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Lying in bed, he would think of Heaven and London.

--Aldous Huxley

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The consistent thinker, the consistently moral man, is either a walking mummy or else, if he has not succeeded in stifling all his vitality, a fanatical monomaniac.

--Aldous Huxley

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To be excited is still to be unsatisfied.

--Aldous Huxley


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In the contexts of religion and politics, words are not regarded as standing, rather inadequately, for things and events; on the contrary things and events are regarded as particular illustrations of words.

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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Life is short and information endless: nobody has time for everything.

--Aldous Huxley

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Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

--Aldous Huxley

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To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves.

--Aldous Huxley

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The horror no less than the charm of real life consists precisely in the recurrent actualization of the inconceivable.

--Aldous Huxley

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I write everything many times over. All my thoughts are second thoughts.

--Aldous Huxley




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

--Aldous Huxley

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Man has an almost infinite capacity for taking things and people for granted and thereby missing out on the pleasure of being grateful that things aren't worse and of praising and thereby lifting the spirits of others.

--Aldous Huxley

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Reality, no matter how utopian, seems to be something people need to frequently take a holiday from.

--Aldous Huxley

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Every discovery in pure science is potentially subversive; even science must sometimes be treated as a possible enemy.

--Aldous Huxley


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Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic; it is merely a form of emotional masturbation.

--Aldous Huxley

Longer Version:

Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic; it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process.



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Did you eat something that didn't agree with you?" asked Bernard. The Savage nodded "I ate civilization.

--Aldous Huxley

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Dictators can always consolidate their tyranny by an appeal to patriotism.

--Aldous Huxley

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The ductless glands secrete among other things our moods, our aspirations, our philosophy of life.

--Aldous Huxley

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Chaos and ineptitude are anti-human; but so too is a superlatively efficient government, equipped with all the products of a highly developed technology.

--Aldous Huxley

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Family, monogamy, romance. Everywhere exclusiveness, a narrow channelling of impulse and energy.

--Aldous Huxley

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The social body persists although the component cells may change.

--Aldous Huxley


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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


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Extremes,' said the Controller, 'meet. For the good reason that they were made to meet.

--Aldous Huxley


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He would have liked to behave well, but he did not know how to stop behaving badly.

--Aldous Huxley

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For D.H. Lawrence, existence was one continuous convalescence; it was as though he were newly reborn from a mortal illness every day of his life. What these convalescent eyes saw, his most casual speech would reveal.

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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If you believe in democracy, make arrangements to distribute property as widely as possible.

--Aldous Huxley

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No social stability without individual stability.

--Aldous Huxley

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I'm claiming the right to be unhappy.

--Aldous Huxley

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Love casts out fear; but conversely fear casts out love. And not only love. Fear also casts out intelligence, casts out goodness, casts out all thought of beauty and truth.

--Aldous Huxley

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God: a gaseous vertebrate.

--Aldous Huxley

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To talk about religion except in terms of human psychology is an irrelevance.

--Aldous Huxley

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People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.

--Aldous Huxley

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Successfully (whatever that may mean) or unsuccessfully, we all overact the part of our favorite character in fiction.

--Aldous Huxley

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If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion.

--Aldous Huxley

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Reality, however utopian, is something from which people feel the need of taking pretty frequent holidays..

--Aldous Huxley

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A gramme is better than a damn.

--Aldous Huxley

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People are much too solemn about things -- I'm all for sticking pins into episcopal behinds.

--Aldous Huxley

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One thinks one's something unique and wonderful at the center of the universe, when in fact one's just a slight interruption in the ongoing march of entropy.

--Aldous Huxley

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We were back at home, and I had returned to that reassuring but profoundly unsatisfactory state known as 'being in one's right mind.

--Aldous Huxley


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Lady Capricorn, he understood, was still keeping open bed.

--Aldous Huxley

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I'm not denying their kindness," said the Rani. "But after all kindness isn't the only virtue.

--Aldous Huxley





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An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.

--Aldous Huxley

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Civilization means food and literature all round. Beefsteaks and fiction magazines for all. First-class proteins for the body, fourth-class love-stories for the spirit.

--Aldous Huxley


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I mean what does a democracy depend on? A democracy depends on the individual voter making an intelligent and rational choice for what he regards as his enlightened self-interest, in any given circumstance.

--Aldous Huxley

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I like being myself. Myself and nasty.

--Aldous Huxley

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A man can smile and smile and be a villain.

--Aldous Huxley

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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

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Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning, truth and beauty can't.

--Aldous Huxley

Longer Version:

Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning; truth and beauty can't. And, of course, whenever the masses seized political power, then it was happiness rather than truth and beauty that mattered.


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Love is as necessary to human beings as food and shelter; but without intelligence, ... love is impotent and freedom unattainable.

--Aldous Huxley

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The lion will lay down with the lamb, but every morning they'll have to provide a new lamb. Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

--Aldous Huxley


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Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unshown marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.

--Aldous Huxley

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Several excuses are always less convincing than one.

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear.

--Aldous Huxley

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There isn't any formula or method. You learn to love by loving -- by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.

--Aldous Huxley

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The Christian idea of a perfect heaven that is something other than a non-existence is a contradiction in terms.

--Aldous Huxley


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Only one more indispensable massacre of Capitalists or Communists or Fascists or Christians or Heretics, and there we are in the Golden Future.

--Aldous Huxley

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If one is not oneself a sage or saint, the best thing one can do is to study the words of those who were.

--Aldous Huxley

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But every one belongs to every one else.

--Aldous Huxley

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The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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Ignore death up to the last moment; then, when it can't be ignored any longer, have yourself squirted full of morphia and shuffle off in a coma. Thoroughly sensible, humane and scientific, eh?

--Aldous Huxley

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To change a vocabulary is easy; to change external circumstances or our own ingrained habits is hard and tiresome.

--Aldous Huxley


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For what we think and feel and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and our viscera.

--Aldous Huxley


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Good is that which makes for unity. Evil is that which makes for separateness.

--Aldous Huxley

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When public executions were abolished, it was not because the majority desired their abolition; it was because a small minority of exceptionally sensitive reformers possessed sufficient influence to have them banned.

--Aldous Huxley

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I was born wandering between two worlds, one dead, the other powerless to be born, and have made, in a curious way, the worst of both.

--Aldous Huxley


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But the nature of the universe is such that the ends never justify the means. On the contrary, the means always determine the end.

--Aldous Huxley


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All our science is just a cookery book, with an orthodox theory of cooking that nobody's allowed to question, and a list of recipes that mustn't be added to except by special permission from the head cook.

--Aldous Huxley

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Indifference to all the refinements of life -- it's really shocking. Just Calvinism, that's all. Calvinism without the excuse of Calvin's theology.

--Aldous Huxley

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But then every man is ludicrous if you look at him from outside, without taking into account what's going on in his heart and mind.

--Aldous Huxley


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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

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People believe in God because they've been conditioned to believe in God.

--Aldous Huxley

Longer Version:

People believe in God because they've been conditioned to believe in God." (p.207).


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If you don't gamble, you'll never win.

--Aldous Huxley


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Modern man no longer regards Nature as in any sense divine and feels perfectly free to behave toward her as an overweening conqueror and tyrant.

--Aldous Huxley

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He had been making an unsuccessful effort to write something about nothing in particular.

--Aldous Huxley

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Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.

--Aldous Huxley

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It is in the social sphere, in the realm of politics and economics, that the Will to Order becomes really dangerous.

--Aldous Huxley

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All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny.

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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Facts are ventriloquist's dummies. Sitting on a wise man's knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk nonsense.

--Aldous Huxley

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She would have laughed if she haven't been at the point of crying.

--Aldous Huxley

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Deja de pensar tonterías y actúa.

--Aldous Huxley

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Music is an ocean, but the repertory is hardly even a lake; it is a pond.

--Aldous Huxley

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One seventh of your life is spent on Monday.

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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Give us this day our daily Faith, but deliver us, dear God, from Belief.

--Aldous Huxley

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Every gain made by individuals or society is almost instantly taken for granted.

--Aldous Huxley

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Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.

--Aldous Huxley

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No Romeo-and-Juliet acts, no nonsense about Love with a large L, none of that popular song claptrap with its skies of blue, dreams come true, heaven with you. Just sensuality for its own sake.

--Aldous Huxley


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The mystical experience is doubly valuable; it is valuable because it gives the experiencer a better understanding of himself and the world and because it may help him to lead a less self-centered and more creative life.

--Aldous Huxley

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When the individual feels, the community reels.

--Aldous Huxley

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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

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Complete prohibition of all chemical mind changers can be decreed, but cannot be enforced, and tends to create more evils than it cures.

--Aldous Huxley

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It's a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research and study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other.

--Aldous Huxley

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The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

--Aldous Huxley

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Believe it or not, a normal human being is one who can have an orgasm and is adjusted to his society.

--Aldous Huxley

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Every one belongs to every one else.

--Aldous Huxley

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A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it.

--Aldous Huxley


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I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly.

--Aldous Huxley

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We live together, we act on, and react to one another; but always, and in all circumstances, we are by ourselves.

--Aldous Huxley

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One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.

--Aldous Huxley



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The third petition of the Lord's Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intention of letting anyone's will be done but their own.

--Aldous Huxley

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The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.

--Aldous Huxley


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

--Aldous Huxley

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I will have no Parsons around me but such as drink deep, ride to Hounds and caress the Wives and Daughters of their Parishioners.A Virtuous Parson does nothing to test or exercise the Faith of his Flock.

--Aldous Huxley

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On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.

--Aldous Huxley


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Single-mindedness is all very well in cows or baboons; in an animal claiming to belong to the same species as Shakespeare, it is simply disgraceful.

--Aldous Huxley



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Happiness has got to be paid for. You're paying for it, Mr. Watson -- paying because you happen to be too much interested in beauty. I was too much interested in truth; I paid too.

--Aldous Huxley



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As late as the seventeenth century, monarchs owned so little furniture that they had to travel from palace to palace with wagon-loads of plate and bedspreads, of carpets and tapestries.

--Aldous Huxley


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If Men and Women took their Pleasures as noisily as the Cats, what Londoner could ever hope to sleep of nights?

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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Impulse arrested spills over, and the flood is feeling, the flood is passion, the flood is even madness.

--Aldous Huxley

Longer Version:

Impulse arrested spills over, and the flood is feeling, the flood is passion, the flood is even madness: it depends on the force of the current, the height and strength of the barrier. The unchecked stream flows smoothly down its appointed channels into a calm well being.


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Somewhere in the rain, there will always be an abandoned dog that prevents you from being happy.

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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Drinking can not be sacramentalised except in religions which set no store on decorum. The worship of Dionysos or the Celtic god of beer was a loud and disorderly affair.

--Aldous Huxley

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Pully, hauly, tug with a will; the gods wiggle waggle, but the sky stands still.

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley


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Generalities are intellectually necessary evils.

--Aldous Huxley

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Preaching is an art, and in this, as in all other arts, the bad performers far outnumber the good.

--Aldous Huxley

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An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling falsehood.

--Aldous Huxley

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It is natural to believe in God when you're alone -- quite alone, in the night, thinking about death.

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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We are not our own any more than what we possess is our own. We did not make ourselves, we cannot be supreme over ourselves. We are not our own masters.

--Aldous Huxley

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

--Aldous Huxley

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I am entirely on the side of mystery. I mean, any attempt to explain away the mystery is ridiculous. I believe in the profound and unfathomable mystery of life which has a sort of divine quality about it.

--Aldous Huxley

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There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.

--Aldous Huxley

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There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self.

--Aldous Huxley

Longer Version:

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that is your own self. So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people. That comes afterwards, when you have worked on your own corner.



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You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.

--Aldous Huxley

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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


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Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.

--Aldous Huxley

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Champagne had the taste of an apple peeled with a steel knife.

--Aldous Huxley

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Pageantry is a visionary art which has been used, from time immemorial, as a political instrument.

--Aldous Huxley


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For in spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody.

--Aldous Huxley

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Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.

--Aldous Huxley

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It was all extremely symbolic; but then, if you choose to think so, nothing in this world is not symbolical. Profound and beautiful truth!

--Aldous Huxley

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You all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford's: History is bunk.

--Aldous Huxley


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The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.

--Aldous Huxley

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Why should human females become sterile in their forties, while female crocodiles continue to lay eggs into their third century?

--Aldous Huxley

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Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence -- those are the three pillars of Western prosperity.

--Aldous Huxley



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It had the taste of an apple peeled with a steel knife. (Sebastian Barnack assessing a Roederer 1916 champagne in Time Must Have a Stop).

--Aldous Huxley

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The condition of being forgiven is self-abandonment. The proud man prefers self-reproach, however painful -- because the reproached self isn't abandoned; it remains intact.

--Aldous Huxley



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It is only when it takes the form of physical addiction that sex is evil. It is also evil when it manifests itself as a way of satisfying the lust for power or the climber's craving for position and social distinction.

--Aldous Huxley

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The proper study of mankind is books.

--Aldous Huxley






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

--Aldous Huxley



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Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.

--Aldous Huxley

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Sixty two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth. Idiots!

--Aldous Huxley

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They passed a bed of opium poppies, dispetaled now; the round, ripe seedheads were brown and dry -- like Polynesian trophies, Denis thought; severed heads stuck on poles.

--Aldous Huxley


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There was something called liberalism ... Liberty to be inefficient and miserable. Freedom to be a round peg in a square hole.

--Aldous Huxley





person in black hoodie using laptop computer

Some of the greatest advances in mathematics have been due to the invention of symbols, which it afterwards became necessary to explain; from the minus sign proceeded the whole theory of negative quantities.

--Aldous Huxley

silhouette of tall trees

And that," put in the Director sententiously, "that is the secret of happiness and virtue -- liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.

--Aldous Huxley

plain

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

--Aldous Huxley


person standing on top of mountain

Liberty? Why it doesn't exist. There is no liberty in this world, just gilded cages.

--Aldous Huxley

seashore during daytime

I was not looking now at an unusual flower arrangement. I was seeing what Adam had seen on the morning of his creation -- the miracle, moment by moment, of naked existence.

--Aldous Huxley




green trees on forest during daytime

If ever I hear again of any lapse from a proper standard of infantile decorum, I shall ask for your transference to a Sub-Centre -- preferably to Iceland. Good morning.

--Aldous Huxley

forest near mountain alps

And do remember that a gramme is better than a damn.

--Aldous Huxley

silhouette of person jumping in mid air

At their first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools and mad men.

--Aldous Huxley

trees under blue sky and stars during nighttime photo

The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface .

--Aldous Huxley

silhouette photography of man sitting on rock

It's an absurdity. An Alpha-decanted, Alpha-conditioned man would go mad if he had to do Epsilon Semi-moron work -- go mad, or start smashing things up.

--Aldous Huxley


closed white painted door with exit signage

The best way to find things out is not to ask questions at all. If you fire off a question, it is like firing off a gun -- bang it goes.

--Aldous Huxley


sunset

Those who feel themselves despised do well to look despising.

--Aldous Huxley


empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

When people are suspicious with you, you start being suspicious with them.

--Aldous Huxley


white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

Medical Science has made such tremendous progress that there is hardly a healthy human left.

--Aldous Huxley

selective focus photography of pink petaled flower

It's a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is. I think it's healthy that people should have this experience.

--Aldous Huxley

body of water during sunset

By making harmless chemical euphoria freely available, a dictator could reconcile an entire population to a state of affairs to which self-respecting human beings ought not to be reconciled.

--Aldous Huxley

closeup photo of violin on brown surface

Ending is better than mending.

--Aldous Huxley

man jumping on hill during golden hour

In actual life a downward movement may sometimes be made the beginning of an ascent.

--Aldous Huxley

gray building

We cannot reason ourselves out of our basic irrationality. All we can do is to learn the art of being irrational in a reasonable way.

--Aldous Huxley

yellow and red color textile

One right-thinking man thinks like all other right-thinking men of his time that is to say, in most cases, like some wrong-thinking man of another time.

--Aldous Huxley


silhouette of mountains during sunset

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

grayscale photo of person's back

Art and religion, carnivals and saturnalia, dancing and listening to oratory -- all these have served, in H. G. Wells's phrase, as Doors in the Wall.

--Aldous Huxley

silhouette of woman during sunset

He had allowed the advertisers to multiply his wants; he had learned to equate happiness with possessions, and prosperity with money to spend in a shop.

--Aldous Huxley

stars across the sky view at the desert

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

--Aldous Huxley

green leaf

Los intelectuales de Occidente son todos aficionados a la silla. Por eso la mayoría de ustedes son tan repulsivamente malsanos.

--Aldous Huxley

man holding smartphone in close up photography

Ours is an age of systematized irrelevances, and the imbecile within us has become one of the Titans, upon whose shoulders rests the weight of the social and economic system.

--Aldous Huxley

green sports court illustration

Most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.

--Aldous Huxley

white wall tiles

All democracies are based on the proposition that power is very dangerous and that it is extremely important not to let any one person or small group have too much power for too long a time.

--Aldous Huxley


woman snorkeling

They do not sweat and whine about their condition. They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins.'' ... To be a perfect animal and a perfect human -- that was the ideal.

--Aldous Huxley

yellow and white abstract painting

The most intractable of our experiences is the experience of Time-the intuition of duration, combined with the thought of perpetual perishing.

--Aldous Huxley


blue painted wall with white paint

Almost all of us long for peace and freedom; but very few of us have much enthusiasm for the thoughts, feelings, and actions that make for peace and freedom.

--Aldous Huxley

snow covered mountain during daytime

Man's life on earth has only one end and purpose: to identify himself with his eternal Self and so to come to unitive knowledge of the Divine Ground.

--Aldous Huxley

white and black boat on sea during daytime

If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.

--Aldous Huxley


sunset

For I am you and you are I.

--Aldous Huxley

pink tulip flower

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.

--Aldous Huxley

high-angle photography of beach side

Hitler's vast propaganda successes were accomplished with little more than the radio and loudspeaker, and without TV and tape and video recording ... Today the art of mind control is in the process of becoming a science.

--Aldous Huxley

pink and white roses on white surface

Liberate yourselves from everything you know and look with complete innocence at this infinitely improbable thing before you.

--Aldous Huxley




body of water under clear blue sky painting

People will insist on treating the mons Veneris as though it were Mount Everest. Too silly!

--Aldous Huxley

person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

The business of a seer is to see; and if he involves himself in the kind of God-eclipsing activities which make seeing impossible, he betrays the trust which his fellows have tacitly placed in him.

--Aldous Huxley


brown sands

There is no bad day that can't be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet. This is just truth, plain and simple.

--Aldous Huxley


sunset with rainbow

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

--Aldous Huxley

selective focus photography of woman taking selfie

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

--Aldous Huxley


low angle photo of starry night

The natural rhythm of human life is routine punctuated by orgies.

--Aldous Huxley

close up photo of tree

Only a person with a Best Seller mind can write Best Sellers.

--Aldous Huxley

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death.

--Aldous Huxley

snow mountains under nightsky

Liberties aren't given, they are taken.

--Aldous Huxley




island during daytime

Dedicated to all those who say: "I don't have time for analytics" or "I don't understand analytics."

--Aldous Huxley



tan wallpaper

Ultimate Reality is not clearly and immediately apprehended except by those who have made themselves loving, pure in heart and poor in spirit.

--Aldous Huxley

aerial view of river in between green trees during daytime

Contemplation is that condition of alert passivity, in which the soul lays itself open to the divine Ground within and without, the immanent and transcendent Godhead.

--Aldous Huxley





brown violin with black background

In a sane world I should be a great man; as things are, in this curious establishment, I am nothing at all; to all intents and purposes I don't exist. I am just a Vox et preaterea nihil.

--Aldous Huxley




coconut tree near body of water

But wouldn't you like to be free to be happy in some other way, Lenina? In your own way, for example; not in everybody else's way.

--Aldous Huxley

Longer Version:

Pleasure cannot be shared; like Pain, it can only be experienced or inflicted, and when we give Pleasure to our Lovers or bestow Charity upon the Needy, we do so, not to gratify the object of our Benevolence, but only ourselves. For the Truth is that we are kind for the same reason as we are cruel, in order that we may enhance the sense of our own Power..


pink flowers in vase

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

--Aldous Huxley

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

The moral is plain. Avoid, if possible, being bored yourself or boring others.

--Aldous Huxley


chocolate

Beware of being too rational. In the country of the insane, the integrated man doesn't become king. He gets lynched.

--Aldous Huxley

white bicycle parked beside wall

The trouble with fiction," said John Rivers, "is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense.

--Aldous Huxley

red and white led lighted heart decor

To aspire to be superhuman is a most discreditable admission that you lack the guts, the wit, the moderating judgment to be successfully and consummately human.

--Aldous Huxley


brown sands

The leech's kiss, the squid's embrace, The prurient ape's defiling touch: And do you like the human race? No, not much.

--Aldous Huxley

silhouette of man looking towards left

For their sadness was a symptom of their love for one another--.

--Aldous Huxley



white desk lamp beside green plant

Your true traveler 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


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A poor degenerate from the ape, Whose hands are four, whose tail's a limb, I contemplate my flaccid shape And know I may not rival him Save with my mind.

--Aldous Huxley




coconut tree near body of water

I dread the inevitable acceleration of American world domination which will be the result of it all...Europe will no longer be Europe.

--Aldous Huxley


two clown fishes underwater

Oh, how desperately bored, in spite of their grim determination to have a Good Time, the majority of pleasure-seekers really are!

--Aldous Huxley

white and blue sky during daytime

Man is an amphibian who lives simultaneously in two worlds-the given and the home-made, the world of matter, life and consciousness and the world of symbols.

--Aldous Huxley


island during daytime

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

--Aldous Huxley

aerial photography of pine trees with mist

No man ever dared to manifest his boredom so insolently as does a Siamese tomcat when he yawns in the face of his amorously importunate wife.

--Aldous Huxley

coffee mug on top of tablecloth beside ashtray

Industrial civilization is only possible when there's no self-denial. Self-indulgence up to the very limits imposed by hygiene and economics. Otherwise the wheels stop turning.

--Aldous Huxley


man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

Man must learn to simplify, but not to the point of falsification.

--Aldous Huxley

white

Generalized intelligence and mental alertness are the most powerful enemies of dictatorship and at the same time the basic conditions of effective democracy.

--Aldous Huxley

green

Facts do not cease to exist because theyare ignored.

--Aldous Huxley


closed door

If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time.

--Aldous Huxley

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

Higher education is not necessarily a guarantee of higher virtue.

--Aldous Huxley

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

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

purple and white light illustration

Now, a corpse, poor thing, is an untouchable and the process of decay is, of all pieces of bad manners, the vulgarest imaginable. For a corpse is, by definition, a person absolutely devoid of savoir vivre.

--Aldous Huxley

plain

These are the sort of things people ought to look at. Things without pretensions, satisfied to be merely themselves.

--Aldous Huxley



lavender background

Ironically enough, the only people who can hold up indefinitely under the stress of modern war are psychotics. Individual insanity is immune to the consequences of collective insanity.

--Aldous Huxley

crescent moon above mountain

And so, resisting the temptation to wallow in artistic remorse, I prefer to leave both well and ill alone and to think about something else.

--Aldous Huxley

woman holding cake looking up

Words are good servants but bad masters.

--Aldous Huxley

sunset

The investigation of nature is an infinite pasture-ground where all may graze, and where the more bite, the longer the grass grows, the sweeter is its flavor, and the more it nourishes.

--Aldous Huxley


purple petaled flower

Words play an enormous part in our lives and are therefore deserving of the closest study.

--Aldous Huxley

bird in the sky

If the Prince of Peace should come to earth, one of the first things he would do would be to put psychiatrists in their place.

--Aldous Huxley

closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas

The survival of democracy depends on the ability of large numbers of people to make realistic choices in the light of adequate information.

--Aldous Huxley



selective focus of white flower

Wordless conditioning is crude and wholesale; cannot inculcate the more complex courses of behaviour. For that there must be words, but words without reason. In brief, hypnopaedia.

--Aldous Huxley




white and yellow flower in close up photography

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

--Aldous Huxley

black wooden louver door window

The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence.

--Aldous Huxley

green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay-in solid cash -- the tribute which philistinism owes to culture, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners. Let us thank heaven for hypocrisy.

--Aldous Huxley


white shore under sunny sky

The artists who the world has always recognized as the greatest are those with the widest sympathy. The greatness of the great artist depends precisely on the width and the intensity of his sympathy.

--Aldous Huxley

brown butterfly perched on flower

Even the best cookery book is no substitute for even the worst dinner.

--Aldous Huxley


Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

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

--Aldous Huxley


aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

Men find a new universe of thought and feeling, clearer and more comprehensible than the universe of daily experience.

--Aldous Huxley

blue flower in close up photography

A love of nature keeps no factories busy.

--Aldous Huxley

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

For every traveller who has any taste of his own, the only useful guidebook will be the one which he himself has written.

--Aldous Huxley

gray concrete surface

The optimum population is modeled on the iceberg- eight-ninths below the water line, one-ninth above.

--Aldous Huxley


grassland landscape

The greatest care is taken to prevent you from loving anyone too much.

--Aldous Huxley

man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.

--Aldous Huxley

silhouette of man standing on hill during starry night

Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.

--Aldous Huxley

Longer Version:

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.


yellow flower

The more you know, the more you see.

--Aldous Huxley

mountains with trees under white star at night

Ford's in his flivver; all's well with the world.

--Aldous Huxley

rock formation in body of water

It isn't only art that is incompatible with happiness, it's also science. Science is dangerous, we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled.

--Aldous Huxley

green leaf

Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work.

--Aldous Huxley


man sitting on couch with looking at his MacBook on table

I had to depend on Braille for my reading and guide for my walking...I am now wearing no glasses, reading and all without strain...by taking lessons in seeing...optometrists hate the method.

--Aldous Huxley

person holding brown leaf

By comparison with a night-club, churches are positively gay.

--Aldous Huxley

brown and gray stick

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.

--Aldous Huxley

blue rose in close up photography

We need grace in order to be able to live in such a way as to qualify ourselves to receive grace.

--Aldous Huxley

Russian Blue cat sleeping on whit textile

If you want to write, keep cats.

--Aldous Huxley

pink tulip in bloom close up photo

Applied Science is a conjuror, whose bottomless hat yields impartially the softest of Angora rabbits and the most petrifying of Medusas.

--Aldous Huxley

pink umbrella

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.

--Aldous Huxley

Longer Version:

Most ignorances are vincible, and in the greater number of cases stupidity is what the Buddha pronounced it to be, a sin. For, consciously, or subconsciously, it is with deliberation that we do not know or fail to understand-because incomprehension allows us, with a good conscience, to evade unpleasant obligations and responsibilities, because ignorance is the best excuse for going on doing what one likes, but ought not, to do.


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