Aldous Huxley quotes

Born
Aldous Leonard Huxley 26 July 1894 Godalming, England.

Died
22 November 1963.

Occupation
Writer, novelist, philosopher.

Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer, novelist, philosopher, and prominent member of the Huxley family. He graduated from Balliol College at the University of Oxford with a first-class honours in English literature. The author of nearly fifty books, he was best known for his novels including Brave New World.

The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
– Aldous Huxley
I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.
– Aldous Huxley
Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
– Aldous Huxley
It’s with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.
– Aldous Huxley
Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.
– Aldous Huxley
My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.
– Aldous Huxley
Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.
– Aldous Huxley
Chastity – the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.
– Aldous Huxley
That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
– Aldous Huxley
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
– Aldous Huxley
There’s only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.
– Aldous Huxley
There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.
– Aldous Huxley
Orthodoxy is the diehard of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget.
– Aldous Huxley
Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.
– Aldous Huxley
So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.
– Aldous Huxley
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.
– Aldous Huxley
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
– Aldous Huxley
We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.
– Aldous Huxley
What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.
– Aldous Huxley
Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.
– Aldous Huxley
Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work.
– Aldous Huxley
A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will’s freedom after it.
– Aldous Huxley
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
– Aldous Huxley
That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.
– Aldous Huxley
Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
– Aldous Huxley
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
– Aldous Huxley
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
– Aldous Huxley
A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.
– Aldous Huxley
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
– Aldous Huxley
The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
– Aldous Huxley
Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
– Aldous Huxley
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
– Aldous Huxley
Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
– Aldous Huxley
There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.
– Aldous Huxley
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.
– Aldous Huxley
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.
– Aldous Huxley
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
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.
– Aldous Huxley
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
– Aldous Huxley
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
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
– Aldous Huxley
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
– Aldous Huxley
The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love – almost as violent and much more mischievous.
– Aldous Huxley
Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.
– Aldous Huxley