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Aldous Huxley Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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Dream in a pragmatic way.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

Experience teaches only the teachable.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

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

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

Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons,
Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.
- 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 proper study of mankind is books.
- 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

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.
- 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

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

Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Every man's memory is his private literature.
- 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

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

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

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


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