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Aldous Huxley Quotes

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.

 

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

 

Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.

 

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

 

Dream in a pragmatic way.

 

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.

 

Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.

 

Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.

 

Experience teaches only the teachable.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people’s happiness. 

 

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.

 

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.

 

Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history.

 

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.

 

Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.

 

Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science. Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.

 

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.

 

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

 

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. 

 

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

 

The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.

 

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

 

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.

 

There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.

 

There isn’t any formula or method. You learn to love by loving – by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.

 

There’s only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self- will to make room for the knowledge of God.

 

Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.

 

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

 

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

 

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.

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