Aldous Huxley

(Aldous Leonard Huxley)

Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley
  • Born: July 26, 1894
  • Died: November 22, 1963
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Novelist

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All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours. Power ;Religion & God
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. Conversely almost nobody wants war or tyranny; but a great many people find an intense pleasure in the thoughts, feelings, and actions that make for war and tyranny. Freedom & Liberty
At an ever accelerating rate we are now squandering the capital of metallic ores and fossil fuels accumulated in the earth’s crust during hundreds of millions of years. How long can this spending spree go on? Energy ;Environment & Environmentalism
Bad politics tends to drive out good politics, just as bad money drives out good money. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Policy & Policy Making
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power. Power
Industrialism is the systematic exploitation of wasting assets. Progress is merely an acceleration in the rate of that exploitation. Such prosperity as we have known up to the present is the consequence of rapidly spending the planet's irreplaceable capital. Environment & Environmentalism
Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history. History
Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held. Diplomacy & Diplomats
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. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Revolution is always delightful in the preliminary stages. So long as it's a question of getting rid of the people at the top. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
That all men are equal is a proposition to which at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The most shocking thing about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual human beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own. War & Peace
The Politics of Ecology Environment & Environmentalism
The problem of power will always arise and, since it cannot be solved...will always make trouble. We cannot expect the large-scale societies of the future to be much better than were the societies of the past during the brief periods when they were at their best Power
The quality of moral behaviour varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
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. Human Nature
The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency. Management & Managing Government
There is no such thing as "natural rights;" there are only adjustments of conflicting claims. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We are living in a Golden Age, the most gilded Golden Age of human history—not only of past history, but of future history. Miscellaneous
A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Death
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. War & Peace
A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.
A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it. Freedom & Liberty
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. Music, Chants & Rapps
Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.
An intellectual is a person who's found one thing that's more interesting than sex.
An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie. Truth
Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.
Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning. Life
Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead. Life ;Nature
Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history. History
Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
Dream in a pragmatic way.
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Life ;Power
Every man's memory is his private literature.
Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.
Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.
Experience teaches only the teachable.
Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.
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. History
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. Truth
Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.
Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people's happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.
If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.
I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.
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.' Life
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.
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. Truth ;Morning
It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.
Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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.
Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors. Truth
Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.
Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking. Life
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.
My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing. Nature
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. Citizenship & Patriotism
Orthodoxy is the diehard of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget.
People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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? Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them. Truth
Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.
Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers. Families, Children & Parenting
Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. History
The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
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. History
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love - almost as violent and much more mischievous. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude. Religion & God
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.
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. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;War & Peace
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
The proper study of mankind is books.
The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
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.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. Motivation
There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness. Happiness & Unhappiness
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.
Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
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. Travel ;Religion & God
We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.
We participate in a tragedy; at a comedy we only look.
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. War & Peace
What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.
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. Time
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. Time
Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Truth
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex