Aldous Huxley Quotes

 

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

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

Experience teaches only the teachable.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— 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

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

— 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

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

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— 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

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

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.

— Aldous Huxley

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— 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

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

— Aldous Huxley

Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— 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

An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.

— Aldous Huxley

Dream in a pragmatic way.

— Aldous Huxley

The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.

— Aldous Huxley

The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— 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

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— 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

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.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

Chastity – the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.

— 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

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.

— Aldous Huxley

Every man’s memory is his private literature.

— 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

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

One of the great attractions of patriotism – it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.

— Aldous Huxley

There’s only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.

— Aldous Huxley

The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love – almost as violent and much more mischievous.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.

— Aldous Huxley

Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.

— Aldous Huxley

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

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— 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

The proper study of mankind is books.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar… Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

The most distressing thing that can happen to a prophet is to be proved wrong. The next most distressing thing is to be proved right.

— 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

What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes – ah, they have all the necessary leisure.

— Aldous Huxley

The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.

— Aldous Huxley

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

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— 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

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

— Aldous Huxley

What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Aldous Huxley

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

— 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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