Aldous Huxley Quotes

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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 (The Devils of Loudun, 1952)

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

Aldous Huxley (Quoted in Reader's Digest, 1934)

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

Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley (Views on Holland)

Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly - they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced

Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley (Music at Night and Other Essays - Sermons in Cats, 1931)

I can sympathize with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.

Aldous Huxley (Limbo, 1920)

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

Aldous Huxley (Jesting Pilate: The Diary of a Journey, 1926)

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

Aldous Huxley (Proper Studies, 1927)

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 (Words and Behavior)

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

Aldous Huxley (The Doors of Perception, 1954)

A bad book is as much of a labour to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul

Aldous Huxley (Point Counter Point, 1928)

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

Aldous Huxley (The Olive Tree, 1936)

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 (Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, 1956)

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

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 (Vulgarity in Literature, 1930)

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

Aldous Huxley (Time Must Have a Stop, 1944)

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

Aldous Huxley (Collected Essays, 1958)

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

Aldous Huxley (Those Barren Leaves, 1925)

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 (Brave New World: Revisited, 1958)

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

Aldous Huxley (Ends and Means, 1937)

All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.

Aldous Huxley (Island, 1962)

The end cannot justify the means, for the simple and obvious reason thatthe means employed determine the nature of the ends produced.

Aldous Huxley (Ends and Means, 1937)

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

Aldous Huxley (Those Barren Leaves, 1925)

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

Aldous Huxley (Wordsworth in the Tropics)

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

Aldous Huxley (Texts and Pretexts, 1932)

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 (Jesting Pilate: The Diary of a Journey, 1926)

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

Aldous Huxley (The Devils of Loudun, 1952)

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

Aldous Huxley (Proper Studies, 1927)

Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations.

Aldous Huxley (Themes and Variations - Variations on a Baroque Tomb, 1950)

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Aldous Huxley Biography

Born: July 26, 1894
Died: November 22, 1963

Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and critic. He is best known for his highly praised book Brave New World and his various essays.

Notable Works

Crome Yellow (1921)
Point Counter Point
Brave New World
Eyeless in Gaza
After Many a Summer (1939)
The Perennial Philosophy (1946)
Ape and Essence (1948)
The Devils of Loudun (1952)
The Doors of Perception (1954)
Island (1962)
Moksha (1931 - 1963)

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