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Aldous Huxley Quotes


A British author, most famous for his novel Brave New World.
(1894 - 1963)

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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, and survival a thing not beyond the bounds of possibility.
 

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.
 

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.
 

A fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
[Fear]
 

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

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

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

All the benefits of Alcohol and Christianity, with none of the defects
 

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 has discovered something more interesting than sex.
 

An old codger, rampant, and still learning.
 

An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.
 

Art, I suppose, is only for beginners, or else for those resolute dead-enders, who have made up their minds to be content with the ersatz of Suchness, with symbols rather than with what they signify, with the elegantly composed recipe in lieu of actual dinner.
 

At any given moment life is completely senseless. But viewed over a period, it seems to reveal itself as an organism existing in time, having a purpose, tending in a certain direction.
[Life]
 

At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice, and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.
 

Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.
[Beauty]
 

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

But liberty, as we all know, cannot flourish in a country that is permanently on a war footing, or even a near war footing. Permanent crisis justifies permanent control of everybody and everything by the agencies of central government
 

Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.
 


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