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Aldous Huxley quotes (108)

A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.
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A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.
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After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
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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.
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Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.
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An intellectual is a person who's found one thing that's more interesting than sex.
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An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.
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Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.
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Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.
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Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.
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Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
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Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
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Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
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De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history.
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Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
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Dream in a pragmatic way.
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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.
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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.
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Every man's memory is his private literature.
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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.
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Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.
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Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.
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Experience teaches only the teachable.
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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
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Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.
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Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people's happiness.
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Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.
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I can sympathise with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.
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I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
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I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.
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Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
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If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.
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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.'
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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.
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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.
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It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.
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Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work.
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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.
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Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
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Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
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Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
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Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history.
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Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
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Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.
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Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
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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.
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My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.
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Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
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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.
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Orthodoxy is the diehard of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget.
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People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are.
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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?
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Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
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Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
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Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
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So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.
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Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.
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Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science.
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Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
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Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
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Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
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That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
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