Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
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

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

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

Every man’s memory is his private literature.
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chastity – the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.
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
Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
Aldous Huxley

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
Aldous Huxley

Experience teaches only the teachable.
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

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

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

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

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

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

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