Aldous Huxley Quotes
Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and philosopher. He wrote nearly fifty books—both novels and non-fiction works—as well as wide-ranging essays, narratives, and poems. Born 26th July 1894, at Godalming, United Kingdom into the prominent Huxley family, he graduated from Balliol College, Oxford with an undergraduate degree in English literature. He died on the 22nd of November 1963, in Los Angeles County, California, United States.
We have compiled a collection of famous Aldous Huxley quotes and sayings.
70 Aldous Huxley Quotes
An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than s3x.
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Ironically enough, the only people who can hold up indefinitely under the stress of modern war are psychotics. Individual insanity is immune to the consequences of collective insanity.
It isn’t a matter of forgetting. What one has to learn is how to remember and yet be free of the past.
The trouble with fiction,” said John Rivers, “is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense.
A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author’s soul.
To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.
I ate civilization. It poisoned me; I was defiled. And then,” he added in a lower tone, “I ate my own wickedness.
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
Liberties aren’t given, they are taken.
It’s a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other.
But then every man is ludicrous if you look at him from outside, without taking into account what’s going on in his heart and mind.
My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.
When people are suspicious with you, you start being suspicious with them.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.
There was a thing called Heaven; but all the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcohol.
..two thirds of all sorrow is homemade and, so far as the universe is concerned, unnecessary.
The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred.
So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly rise and make them miserable.
Never put off till tomorrow the fun you can have today.
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.
That all men are equal is a proposition which at ordinary times no sane individual has ever given his assent.
I’d rather be myself,” he said. “Myself and nasty. Not somebody else, however jolly.
One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder and symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable, to inflict upon our enemies.
It is natural to believe in God when you’re alone– quite alone, in the night, thinking about death.
We cannot reason ourselves out of our basic irrationality. All we can do is learn the art of being irrational in a reasonable way.
Don’t try to behave as though you were essentially sane and naturally good. We’re all demented sinners in the same cosmic boat – and the boat is perpetually sinking.
It isn’t only art that is incompatible with happiness, it’s also science. Science is dangerous, we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled.
But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
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.
We are not our own any more than what we possess is our own. We did not make ourselves, we cannot be supreme over ourselves. We are not our own masters.
Did you eat something that didn’t agree with you?” asked Bernard. The Savage nodded. “I ate civilization.
Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
I was born wandering between two worlds, one dead, the other powerless to be born, and have made, in a curious way, the worst of both.
Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
…most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.
For in spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody.
Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning, truth and beauty can’t.
The more a man knows about himself in relation to every kind of experience, the greater his chance of suddenly, one fine morning, realizing who in fact he is…
We live together, we act on, and react to one another; but always, and in all circumstances, we are by ourselves.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.
..reality, however utopian, is something from which people feel the need of taking pretty frequent holidays…
Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.
All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
I can sympathize with people’s pains, but not with their pleasure. There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.
Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations.
What’s the point of truth or beauty or knowledge when anthrax bombs are popping all around you?
Those who meant well behaved in the same way as those who meant badly.
Happiness has got to be paid for. You’re paying for it, Mr. Watson–paying because you happen to be too much interested in beauty. I was too much interested in truth; I paid too.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.
I want God, I want poetry, I want danger, I want freedom, I want sin.
The leech’s kiss, the squid’s embrace, The prurient ape’s defiling touch: And do you like the human race? No, not much.
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.
Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
Universal education has created an immense class of what I may call the New Stupid, hungering for certainty yet unable to find it in the traditional myths and their rationalizations.
Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery.
We shall be permitted to live on this planet only for as long as we treat all nature with compassion and intelligence.
I know the outer world as well as you do, and I judge it. You know nothing of my inner world, and yet you presume to judge that world.
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
20 Short Aldous Huxley Quotes
Experience teaches only the teachable.
Every man’s memory is his private literature.
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.
I am I, and I wish I weren’t.
I’m claiming the right to be unhappy.
I like being myself. Myself and nasty.
Ending is better than mending.
Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.
A love of nature keeps no factories busy.
If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly.
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
No social stability without individual stability.
Hug me till you drug me, honey; Kiss me till I’m in a coma.
We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.
Pain was a fascinating horror
We don’t want to change. Every change is a menace to stability.
An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling falsehood.
A man can smile and smile and be a villain.