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Wikipedia Summary for Aldous Huxley

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer and philosopher. He wrote nearly 50 books—both novels and non-fiction works—as well as wide-ranging essays, narratives, and poems.

Born into the prominent Huxley family, he graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, with an undergraduate degree in English literature. Early in his career, he published short stories and poetry and edited the literary magazine Oxford Poetry, before going on to publish travel writing, satire, and screenplays. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death.

By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the foremost intellectuals of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature nine times and was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature in 1962.

Huxley was a pacifist. He grew interested in philosophical mysticism and universalism, addressing these subjects with works such as The Perennial Philosophy (1945)—which illustrates commonalities between Western and Eastern mysticism—and The Doors of Perception (1954)—which interprets his own psychedelic experience with mescaline. In his most famous novel Brave New World (1932) and his final novel Island (1962), he presented his vision of dystopia and utopia, respectively.



Quote: Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of person holding gold ring in dark room
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Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.


Quote: To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of black fawn pug playing with plush toy
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To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of green and brown plant on white wall
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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.


Quote: To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of multicolored heart LED light on wall
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To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.


Quote: Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of pink umbrella
Photo Credit: Erik Witsoe

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Most ignorances are vincible, and in the greater number of cases stupidity is what the Buddha pronounced it to be, a sin. For, consciously, or subconsciously, it is with deliberation that we do not know or fail to understand-because incomprehension allows us, with a good conscience, to evade unpleasant obligations and responsibilities, because ignorance is the best excuse for going on doing what one likes, but ought not, to do.


Quote: Lady Capricorn, he understood, was still keeping open bed. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Lady Capricorn, he understood, was still keeping open bed.


Quote: The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface . by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface .


Quote: Facts do not cease to exist because theyare ignored. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Facts do not cease to exist because theyare ignored.


Quote: If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay-in solid cash -- the tribute which philistinism owes to culture, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners. Let us thank heaven for hypocrisy. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay-in solid cash -- the tribute which philistinism owes to culture, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners. Let us thank heaven for hypocrisy.


Quote: The lion will lay down with the lamb, but every morning they'll have to provide a new lamb. Maybe this world is another planet's hell. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The lion will lay down with the lamb, but every morning they'll have to provide a new lamb. Maybe this world is another planet's hell.


Quote: There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that's your own self. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that is your own self. So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people. That comes afterwards, when you have worked on your own corner.


Quote: We need grace in order to be able to live in such a way as to qualify ourselves to receive grace. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

We need grace in order to be able to live in such a way as to qualify ourselves to receive grace.


Quote: The daily bread of grace, without which nothing can be achieved, is given to the extent to which we ourselves give and forgive. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The daily bread of grace, without which nothing can be achieved, is given to the extent to which we ourselves give and forgive.


Quote: Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unshown marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unshown marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.


Quote: Liberties aren't given, they are taken. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Liberties aren't given, they are taken.


Quote: Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Most human beings have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.


Quote: There is no bad day that can't be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet. This is just truth, plain and simple. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

There is no bad day that can't be overcome by listening to a barbershop quartet. This is just truth, plain and simple.


Quote: Facts are ventriloquist's dummies. Sitting on a wise man's knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk nonsense. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Facts are ventriloquist's dummies. Sitting on a wise man's knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk nonsense.


Quote: The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.


Quote: Almost all of us long for peace and freedom; but very few of us have much enthusiasm for the thoughts, feelings, and actions that make for peace and freedom. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Almost all of us long for peace and freedom; but very few of us have much enthusiasm for the thoughts, feelings, and actions that make for peace and freedom.


Quote: Every discovery in pure science is potentially subversive; even science must sometimes be treated as a possible enemy. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Every discovery in pure science is potentially subversive; even science must sometimes be treated as a possible enemy.


Quote: In all activities of life, the secret of efficiency lies in an ability to combine two seemingly incompatible states: a state of maximum activity and a state of maximum relaxation. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

In all activities of life, the secret of efficiency lies in an ability to combine two seemingly incompatible states: a state of maximum activity and a state of maximum relaxation.


Quote: I'm not denying their kindness, said the Rani. But after all kindness isn't the only virtue. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I'm not denying their kindness, said the Rani. But after all kindness isn't the only virtue.


Quote: Somewhere in the rain, there will always be an abandoned dog that prevents you from being happy. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Somewhere in the rain, there will always be an abandoned dog that prevents you from being happy.


Quote: We tend to think and feel in terms of the art we like; and if the art we like is bad then our thinking and feeling will be bad. And if the thinking and feeling of most of the individuals composing a society is bad, is not that society in danger? by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

We tend to think and feel in terms of the art we like; and if the art we like is bad then our thinking and feeling will be bad. And if the thinking and feeling of most of the individuals composing a society is bad, is not that society in danger?


Quote: Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work.


Quote: Modern man no longer regards Nature as in any sense divine and feels perfectly free to behave toward her as an overweening conqueror and tyrant. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Modern man no longer regards Nature as in any sense divine and feels perfectly free to behave toward her as an overweening conqueror and tyrant.


Quote: A gramme is better than a damn. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

A gramme is better than a damn.


Quote: Dictators can always consolidate their tyranny by an appeal to patriotism. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Dictators can always consolidate their tyranny by an appeal to patriotism.


Quote: The negative propaganda of silence is probably more effective as an instrument of persuasion and mental regimentation than speech. Silence creates the condition in which such words as are spoken or written take most effect. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The negative propaganda of silence is probably more effective as an instrument of persuasion and mental regimentation than speech. Silence creates the condition in which such words as are spoken or written take most effect.


Quote: By making harmless chemical euphoria freely available, a dictator could reconcile an entire population to a state of affairs to which self-respecting human beings ought not to be reconciled. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

By making harmless chemical euphoria freely available, a dictator could reconcile an entire population to a state of affairs to which self-respecting human beings ought not to be reconciled.


Quote: The moral is plain. Avoid, if possible, being bored yourself or boring others. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The moral is plain. Avoid, if possible, being bored yourself or boring others.


Quote: Extremes,' said the Controller, 'meet. For the good reason that they were made to meet. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Extremes,' said the Controller, 'meet. For the good reason that they were made to meet.


Quote: The best way to find things out is not to ask questions at all. If you fire off a question, it is like firing off a gun -- bang it goes. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The best way to find things out is not to ask questions at all. If you fire off a question, it is like firing off a gun -- bang it goes.


Quote: If you don't gamble, you'll never win. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

If you don't gamble, you'll never win.


Quote: Our vanity makes us exaggerate the importance of human life; the individual is nothing; Nature cares only for the species. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Our vanity makes us exaggerate the importance of human life; the individual is nothing; Nature cares only for the species.


Quote: They do not sweat and whine about their condition. They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins.'' ... To be a perfect animal and a perfect human -- that was the ideal. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

They do not sweat and whine about their condition. They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins.'' ... To be a perfect animal and a perfect human -- that was the ideal.


Quote: An ideal is merely the projection, on an enormously enlarged scale, of some aspect of personality. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

An ideal is merely the projection, on an enormously enlarged scale, of some aspect of personality.


Quote: Even the best cookery book is no substitute for even the worst dinner. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Even the best cookery book is no substitute for even the worst dinner.


Quote: Life is short and information endless: nobody has time for everything. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Life is short and information endless: nobody has time for everything.


Quote: To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves.


Quote: Beware of being too rational. In the country of the insane, the integrated man doesn't become king. He gets lynched. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Beware of being too rational. In the country of the insane, the integrated man doesn't become king. He gets lynched.


Quote: An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling falsehood. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling falsehood.


Quote: He had allowed the advertisers to multiply his wants; he had learned to equate happiness with possessions, and prosperity with money to spend in a shop. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

He had allowed the advertisers to multiply his wants; he had learned to equate happiness with possessions, and prosperity with money to spend in a shop.


Quote: And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death.




Quote: In a sane world I should be a great man; as things are, in this curious establishment, I am nothing at all; to all intents and purposes I don't exist. I am just a Vox et preaterea nihil. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

In a sane world I should be a great man; as things are, in this curious establishment, I am nothing at all; to all intents and purposes I don't exist. I am just a Vox et preaterea nihil.




Quote: People will insist on treating the mons Veneris as though it were Mount Everest. Too silly! by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

People will insist on treating the mons Veneris as though it were Mount Everest. Too silly!


Quote: The physique of a Messiah. But too clever to believe in God or be convinced of his own mission. And too sensitive, even if he were convinced, to carry it out. His muscles would like to act and his feelings would like to believe; but his nerve-endings and his cleverness won't allow it. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote: The physique of a Messiah. But too clever to believe in God or be convinced of his own mission. And too sensitive, even if he were convinced, to carry it out. His muscles would like to act and his feelings would like to believe; but his nerve-endings and his cleverness won't allow it.- black text on quotes background

The physique of a Messiah. But too clever to believe in God or be convinced of his own mission. And too sensitive, even if he were convinced, to carry it out. His muscles would like to act and his feelings would like to believe; but his nerve-endings and his cleverness won't allow it.



Longer Version/[Notes]:

Pleasure cannot be shared; like Pain, it can only be experienced or inflicted, and when we give Pleasure to our Lovers or bestow Charity upon the Needy, we do so, not to gratify the object of our Benevolence, but only ourselves. For the Truth is that we are kind for the same reason as we are cruel, in order that we may enhance the sense of our own Power..


Quote: The mystical experience is doubly valuable; it is valuable because it gives the experiencer a better understanding of himself and the world and because it may help him to lead a less self-centered and more creative life. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The mystical experience is doubly valuable; it is valuable because it gives the experiencer a better understanding of himself and the world and because it may help him to lead a less self-centered and more creative life.


Quote: A majority of young people seem to develop mental arteriosclerosis forty years before they get the physical kind. Another question: why do some people remain open and elastic into extreme old age, whereas others become rigid and unproductive before they're fifty? by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

A majority of young people seem to develop mental arteriosclerosis forty years before they get the physical kind. Another question: why do some people remain open and elastic into extreme old age, whereas others become rigid and unproductive before they're fifty?


Quote: Believe it or not, a normal human being is one who can have an orgasm and is adjusted to his society. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Believe it or not, a normal human being is one who can have an orgasm and is adjusted to his society.


Quote: They passed a bed of opium poppies, dispetaled now; the round, ripe seedheads were brown and dry -- like Polynesian trophies, Denis thought; severed heads stuck on poles. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

They passed a bed of opium poppies, dispetaled now; the round, ripe seedheads were brown and dry -- like Polynesian trophies, Denis thought; severed heads stuck on poles.




Quote: Complete prohibition of all chemical mind changers can be decreed, but cannot be enforced, and tends to create more evils than it cures. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Complete prohibition of all chemical mind changers can be decreed, but cannot be enforced, and tends to create more evils than it cures.


Quote: 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? by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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?


Quote: Preaching is an art, and in this, as in all other arts, the bad performers far outnumber the good. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Preaching is an art, and in this, as in all other arts, the bad performers far outnumber the good.


Quote: Some of the greatest advances in mathematics have been due to the invention of symbols, which it afterwards became necessary to explain; from the minus sign proceeded the whole theory of negative quantities. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Some of the greatest advances in mathematics have been due to the invention of symbols, which it afterwards became necessary to explain; from the minus sign proceeded the whole theory of negative quantities.


Quote: The survival of democracy depends on the ability of large numbers of people to make realistic choices in the light of adequate information. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The survival of democracy depends on the ability of large numbers of people to make realistic choices in the light of adequate information.


Quote: Pully, hauly, tug with a will; the gods wiggle waggle, but the sky stands still. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Pully, hauly, tug with a will; the gods wiggle waggle, but the sky stands still.


Quote: The natural rhythm of human life is routine punctuated by orgies. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The natural rhythm of human life is routine punctuated by orgies.


Quote: Oh, how desperately bored, in spite of their grim determination to have a Good Time, the majority of pleasure-seekers really are! by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Oh, how desperately bored, in spite of their grim determination to have a Good Time, the majority of pleasure-seekers really are!


Quote: Did you eat something that didn't agree with you? asked Bernard. The Savage nodded I ate civilization. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Did you eat something that didn't agree with you? asked Bernard. The Savage nodded I ate civilization.




Quote: A man who has trained himself in goodness come to have certain direct intuitions about character, about the relations between human beings, about his own position in the world -- intuitions that are quite different from the intuitions of the average sensual man. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

A man who has trained himself in goodness come to have certain direct intuitions about character, about the relations between human beings, about his own position in the world -- intuitions that are quite different from the intuitions of the average sensual man.


Quote: A mind that has come to the stillness of wisdom shall know being, shall know what it is to love. Love is neither personal nor impersonal. Love is love, not to be defined or described by the mind as exclusive or inclusive. Love is its own eternity; it is the real, the supreme, the immeasurable. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote: A mind that has come to the stillness of wisdom shall know being, shall know what it is to love. Love is neither personal nor impersonal. Love is love, not to be defined or described by the mind as exclusive or inclusive. Love is its own eternity; it is the real, the supreme, the immeasurable.- black text on quotes background

A mind that has come to the stillness of wisdom shall know being, shall know what it is to love. Love is neither personal nor impersonal. Love is love, not to be defined or described by the mind as exclusive or inclusive. Love is its own eternity; it is the real, the supreme, the immeasurable.




Quote: It was all extremely symbolic; but then, if you choose to think so, nothing in this world is not symbolical. Profound and beautiful truth! by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

It was all extremely symbolic; but then, if you choose to think so, nothing in this world is not symbolical. Profound and beautiful truth!


Quote: When public executions were abolished, it was not because the majority desired their abolition; it was because a small minority of exceptionally sensitive reformers possessed sufficient influence to have them banned. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

When public executions were abolished, it was not because the majority desired their abolition; it was because a small minority of exceptionally sensitive reformers possessed sufficient influence to have them banned.


Quote: People often ask me what is the most effective technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say that the best answer is -- just be a little kinder. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

People often ask me what is the most effective technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say that the best answer is -- just be a little kinder.


Quote: Love is as necessary to human beings as food and shelter; but without intelligence, ... love is impotent and freedom unattainable. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Love is as necessary to human beings as food and shelter; but without intelligence, ... love is impotent and freedom unattainable.


Quote: Words play an enormous part in our lives and are therefore deserving of the closest study. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Words play an enormous part in our lives and are therefore deserving of the closest study.


Quote: To aspire to be superhuman is a most discreditable admission that you lack the guts, the wit, the moderating judgment to be successfully and consummately human. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

To aspire to be superhuman is a most discreditable admission that you lack the guts, the wit, the moderating judgment to be successfully and consummately human.


Quote: But the nature of the universe is such that the ends never justify the means. On the contrary, the means always determine the end. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

But the nature of the universe is such that the ends never justify the means. On the contrary, the means always determine the end.


Quote: The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim. To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.


Quote: He would have liked to behave well, but he did not know how to stop behaving badly. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

He would have liked to behave well, but he did not know how to stop behaving badly.




Quote: Man is so intelligent that he feels impelled to invent theories to account for what happens in the world. Unfortunately, he is not quite intelligent enough, in most cases, to find correct explanations. So that when he acts on his theories, he behaves very often like a lunatic. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote; white text on black background

Man is so intelligent that he feels impelled to invent theories to account for what happens in the world. Unfortunately, he is not quite intelligent enough, in most cases, to find correct explanations. So that when he acts on his theories, he behaves very often like a lunatic.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: I had to depend on Braille for my reading and guide for my walking...I am now wearing no glasses, reading and all without strain...by taking lessons in seeing...optometrists hate the method. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I had to depend on Braille for my reading and guide for my walking...I am now wearing no glasses, reading and all without strain...by taking lessons in seeing...optometrists hate the method.




Quote: Today I feel no wish to demonstrate that sanity is impossible. On the contrary, though I remain no less sadly certain than in the past that sanity is a rather rare phenomenon, I am convinced that it can be achieved and would like to see more of it. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Today I feel no wish to demonstrate that sanity is impossible. On the contrary, though I remain no less sadly certain than in the past that sanity is a rather rare phenomenon, I am convinced that it can be achieved and would like to see more of it.




Quote: And do remember that a gramme is better than a damn. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

And do remember that a gramme is better than a damn.


Quote: The greatest care is taken to prevent you from loving anyone too much. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The greatest care is taken to prevent you from loving anyone too much.


Quote: But wouldn't you like to be free to be happy in some other way, Lenina? In your own way, for example; not in everybody else's way. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

But wouldn't you like to be free to be happy in some other way, Lenina? In your own way, for example; not in everybody else's way.


Quote: For their sadness was a symptom of their love for one another--. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

For their sadness was a symptom of their love for one another--.


Quote: Ford's in his flivver; all's well with the world. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Ford's in his flivver; all's well with the world.


Quote: The social body persists although the component cells may change. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The social body persists although the component cells may change.


Quote: Wordless conditioning is crude and wholesale; cannot inculcate the more complex courses of behaviour. For that there must be words, but words without reason. In brief, hypnopaedia. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Wordless conditioning is crude and wholesale; cannot inculcate the more complex courses of behaviour. For that there must be words, but words without reason. In brief, hypnopaedia.


Quote: Societies are composed of individuals and are good only insofar as they help individuals to realize their potentialities and to lead a happy and creative life. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Societies are composed of individuals and are good only insofar as they help individuals to realize their potentialities and to lead a happy and creative life.


Quote: Ours is an age of systematized irrelevances, and the imbecile within us has become one of the Titans, upon whose shoulders rests the weight of the social and economic system. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Ours is an age of systematized irrelevances, and the imbecile within us has become one of the Titans, upon whose shoulders rests the weight of the social and economic system.


Quote: Civilization means food and literature all round. Beefsteaks and fiction magazines for all. First-class proteins for the body, fourth-class love-stories for the spirit. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Civilization means food and literature all round. Beefsteaks and fiction magazines for all. First-class proteins for the body, fourth-class love-stories for the spirit.


Quote: The ductless glands secrete among other things our moods, our aspirations, our philosophy of life. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The ductless glands secrete among other things our moods, our aspirations, our philosophy of life.


Quote: Generalized intelligence and mental alertness are the most powerful enemies of dictatorship and at the same time the basic conditions of effective democracy. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Generalized intelligence and mental alertness are the most powerful enemies of dictatorship and at the same time the basic conditions of effective democracy.


Quote: In actual life a downward movement may sometimes be made the beginning of an ascent. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

In actual life a downward movement may sometimes be made the beginning of an ascent.


Quote: The horror no less than the charm of real life consists precisely in the recurrent actualization of the inconceivable. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The horror no less than the charm of real life consists precisely in the recurrent actualization of the inconceivable.


Quote: Dedicated to all those who say: I don't have time for analytics or I don't understand analytics. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Dedicated to all those who say: I don't have time for analytics or I don't understand analytics.


Quote: Henri IV's feet and armpits enjoyed an international reputation. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Henri IV's feet and armpits enjoyed an international reputation.


Quote: The present moment is the only aperture through which the soul can pass out of time into eternity, through which grace can pass out of eternity into the soul, and through which love can pass from one soul in time to another soul in time. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The present moment is the only aperture through which the soul can pass out of time into eternity, through which grace can pass out of eternity into the soul, and through which love can pass from one soul in time to another soul in time.


Quote: It had the taste of an apple peeled with a steel knife. (Sebastian Barnack assessing a Roederer 1916 champagne in Time Must Have a Stop). by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

It had the taste of an apple peeled with a steel knife. (Sebastian Barnack assessing a Roederer 1916 champagne in Time Must Have a Stop).


Quote: People believe in God because they've been conditioned to believe in God. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

People believe in God because they've been conditioned to believe in God.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

People believe in God because they've been conditioned to believe in God." (p.207).


Quote: Sixty two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth. Idiots! by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Sixty two thousand four hundred repetitions make one truth. Idiots!


Quote: You all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford's: History is bunk. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

You all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford's: History is bunk.


Quote: Impulse arrested spills over, and the flood is feeling, the flood is passion, the flood is even madness. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Impulse arrested spills over, and the flood is feeling, the flood is passion, the flood is even madness.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Impulse arrested spills over, and the flood is feeling, the flood is passion, the flood is even madness: it depends on the force of the current, the height and strength of the barrier. The unchecked stream flows smoothly down its appointed channels into a calm well being.


Quote: Those who feel themselves despised do well to look despising. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Those who feel themselves despised do well to look despising.


Quote: When people are suspicious with you, you start being suspicious with them. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

When people are suspicious with you, you start being suspicious with them.


Quote: The optimum population is modeled on the iceberg- eight-ninths below the water line, one-ninth above. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The optimum population is modeled on the iceberg- eight-ninths below the water line, one-ninth above.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: Lying in bed, he would think of Heaven and London. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Lying in bed, he would think of Heaven and London.


Quote: No social stability without individual stability. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

No social stability without individual stability.


Quote: But every one belongs to every one else. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

But every one belongs to every one else.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: For some strange reason murder has always seemed more respectable than fornication. Few people are shocked when they hear God described as the God of Battles; but what an outcry there would be if anyone spoke of him as the God of Brothels. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

For some strange reason murder has always seemed more respectable than fornication. Few people are shocked when they hear God described as the God of Battles; but what an outcry there would be if anyone spoke of him as the God of Brothels.


Quote: Indifference to all the refinements of life -- it's really shocking. Just Calvinism, that's all. Calvinism without the excuse of Calvin's theology. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Indifference to all the refinements of life -- it's really shocking. Just Calvinism, that's all. Calvinism without the excuse of Calvin's theology.


Quote: Drinking can not be sacramentalised except in religions which set no store on decorum. The worship of Dionysos or the Celtic god of beer was a loud and disorderly affair. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Drinking can not be sacramentalised except in religions which set no store on decorum. The worship of Dionysos or the Celtic god of beer was a loud and disorderly affair.


Quote: Art and religion, carnivals and saturnalia, dancing and listening to oratory -- all these have served, in H. G. Wells's phrase, as Doors in the Wall. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Art and religion, carnivals and saturnalia, dancing and listening to oratory -- all these have served, in H. G. Wells's phrase, as Doors in the Wall.


Quote: For D.H. Lawrence, existence was one continuous convalescence; it was as though he were newly reborn from a mortal illness every day of his life. What these convalescent eyes saw, his most casual speech would reveal. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

For D.H. Lawrence, existence was one continuous convalescence; it was as though he were newly reborn from a mortal illness every day of his life. What these convalescent eyes saw, his most casual speech would reveal.


Quote: All our science is just a cookery book, with an orthodox theory of cooking that nobody's allowed to question, and a list of recipes that mustn't be added to except by special permission from the head cook. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

All our science is just a cookery book, with an orthodox theory of cooking that nobody's allowed to question, and a list of recipes that mustn't be added to except by special permission from the head cook.


Quote: Deprived of their newspapers or a novel, reading-addicts will fall back onto cookery books, on the literature which is wrapped around bottles of patent medicine, on those instructions for keeping the contents crisp which are printed on the outside of boxes of breakfast cereals. On anything. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote: Deprived of their newspapers or a novel, reading-addicts will fall back onto cookery books, on the literature which is wrapped around bottles of patent medicine, on those instructions for keeping the contents crisp which are printed on the outside of boxes of breakfast cereals. On anything.- black text on quotes background

Deprived of their newspapers or a novel, reading-addicts will fall back onto cookery books, on the literature which is wrapped around bottles of patent medicine, on those instructions for keeping the contents crisp which are printed on the outside of boxes of breakfast cereals. On anything.


Quote: Why should human females become sterile in their forties, while female crocodiles continue to lay eggs into their third century? by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Why should human females become sterile in their forties, while female crocodiles continue to lay eggs into their third century?


Quote: A poor degenerate from the ape, Whose hands are four, whose tail's a limb, I contemplate my flaccid shape And know I may not rival him Save with my mind. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

A poor degenerate from the ape, Whose hands are four, whose tail's a limb, I contemplate my flaccid shape And know I may not rival him Save with my mind.


Quote: We live together, we act on, and react to one another; but always, and in all circumstances, we are by ourselves. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

We live together, we act on, and react to one another; but always, and in all circumstances, we are by ourselves.


Quote: She would have laughed if she haven't been at the point of crying. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

She would have laughed if she haven't been at the point of crying.


Quote: Generalities are intellectually necessary evils. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Generalities are intellectually necessary evils.


Quote: Love casts out fear; but conversely fear casts out love. And not only love. Fear also casts out intelligence, casts out goodness, casts out all thought of beauty and truth. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Love casts out fear; but conversely fear casts out love. And not only love. Fear also casts out intelligence, casts out goodness, casts out all thought of beauty and truth.


Quote: Successfully (whatever that may mean) or unsuccessfully, we all overact the part of our favorite character in fiction. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Successfully (whatever that may mean) or unsuccessfully, we all overact the part of our favorite character in fiction.


Quote: If you want to write, keep cats. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

If you want to write, keep cats.












Quote: Chaos and ineptitude are anti-human; but so too is a superlatively efficient government, equipped with all the products of a highly developed technology. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Chaos and ineptitude are anti-human; but so too is a superlatively efficient government, equipped with all the products of a highly developed technology.


Quote: We lie to ourselves in order that we may still have the excuse of ignorance, the alibi of stupidity and incomprehension, possessing which we can continue with a good conscience to commit and tolerate the most monstrous crimes. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

We lie to ourselves in order that we may still have the excuse of ignorance, the alibi of stupidity and incomprehension, possessing which we can continue with a good conscience to commit and tolerate the most monstrous crimes.


Quote: An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.


Quote: If Men and Women took their Pleasures as noisily as the Cats, what Londoner could ever hope to sleep of nights? by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

If Men and Women took their Pleasures as noisily as the Cats, what Londoner could ever hope to sleep of nights?


Quote: Suppose it were perfectly certain that the life and fortune of each of us would some day depend upon our winning or losing a game of chess. Do you not think that we should all consider it to be our primary duty to learn at least the names of the pieces and how to position them on the chessboard? by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote: Suppose it were perfectly certain that the life and fortune of each of us would some day depend upon our winning or losing a game of chess. Do you not think that we should all consider it to be our primary duty to learn at least the names of the pieces and how to position them on the chessboard?- black text on quotes background

Suppose it were perfectly certain that the life and fortune of each of us would some day depend upon our winning or losing a game of chess. Do you not think that we should all consider it to be our primary duty to learn at least the names of the pieces and how to position them on the chessboard?




Quote: For what we think and feel and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and our viscera. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

For what we think and feel and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and our viscera.


Quote: Hitler's vast propaganda successes were accomplished with little more than the radio and loudspeaker, and without TV and tape and video recording ... Today the art of mind control is in the process of becoming a science. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Hitler's vast propaganda successes were accomplished with little more than the radio and loudspeaker, and without TV and tape and video recording ... Today the art of mind control is in the process of becoming a science.


Quote: Man has an almost infinite capacity for taking things and people for granted and thereby missing out on the pleasure of being grateful that things aren't worse and of praising and thereby lifting the spirits of others. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Man has an almost infinite capacity for taking things and people for granted and thereby missing out on the pleasure of being grateful that things aren't worse and of praising and thereby lifting the spirits of others.


Quote: Applied Science is a conjuror, whose bottomless hat yields impartially the softest of Angora rabbits and the most petrifying of Medusas. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Applied Science is a conjuror, whose bottomless hat yields impartially the softest of Angora rabbits and the most petrifying of Medusas.


Quote: Drill and uniforms impose an architecture on the crowd. An army's beautiful. But that's not all; it panders to lower instincts than the aesthetic. The spectacle of human beings reduced to automatism satisfies the lust for power. Looking at mechanized slaves, one fancies oneself a master. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote: Drill and uniforms impose an architecture on the crowd. An army's beautiful. But that's not all; it panders to lower instincts than the aesthetic. The spectacle of human beings reduced to automatism satisfies the lust for power. Looking at mechanized slaves, one fancies oneself a master.- black text on quotes background

Drill and uniforms impose an architecture on the crowd. An army's beautiful. But that's not all; it panders to lower instincts than the aesthetic. The spectacle of human beings reduced to automatism satisfies the lust for power. Looking at mechanized slaves, one fancies oneself a master.


Quote: It is only when it takes the form of physical addiction that sex is evil. It is also evil when it manifests itself as a way of satisfying the lust for power or the climber's craving for position and social distinction. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

It is only when it takes the form of physical addiction that sex is evil. It is also evil when it manifests itself as a way of satisfying the lust for power or the climber's craving for position and social distinction.


Quote: Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic; it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic; it is merely a form of emotional masturbation.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic; it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process.




Quote: And that ... is the secret of happiness and virtue --liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

And that ... is the secret of happiness and virtue --liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.


Quote: A love of nature keeps no factories busy. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

A love of nature keeps no factories busy.


Quote: By comparison with a night-club, churches are positively gay. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

By comparison with a night-club, churches are positively gay.


Quote: It is natural to believe in God when you're alone -- quite alone, in the night, thinking about death. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

It is natural to believe in God when you're alone -- quite alone, in the night, thinking about death.


Quote: To be enlightened is to be aware, always, of total reality in its immanent otherness -- to be aware of it and yet remain in a condition to survive as an animal. Our goal is to discover that we have always been where we ought to be. Unhappily we make the task exceedingly difficult for ourselves. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote: To be enlightened is to be aware, always, of total reality in its immanent otherness -- to be aware of it and yet remain in a condition to survive as an animal. Our goal is to discover that we have always been where we ought to be. Unhappily we make the task exceedingly difficult for ourselves.- black text on quotes background

To be enlightened is to be aware, always, of total reality in its immanent otherness -- to be aware of it and yet remain in a condition to survive as an animal. Our goal is to discover that we have always been where we ought to be. Unhappily we make the task exceedingly difficult for ourselves.


Quote: Pageantry is a visionary art which has been used, from time immemorial, as a political instrument. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Pageantry is a visionary art which has been used, from time immemorial, as a political instrument.


Quote: Only times and places, only names and ghosts. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Only times and places, only names and ghosts.


Quote: The investigation of nature is an infinite pasture-ground where all may graze, and where the more bite, the longer the grass grows, the sweeter is its flavor, and the more it nourishes. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The investigation of nature is an infinite pasture-ground where all may graze, and where the more bite, the longer the grass grows, the sweeter is its flavor, and the more it nourishes.


Quote: Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence -- those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence -- those are the three pillars of Western prosperity.


Quote: It's an absurdity. An Alpha-decanted, Alpha-conditioned man would go mad if he had to do Epsilon Semi-moron work -- go mad, or start smashing things up. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

It's an absurdity. An Alpha-decanted, Alpha-conditioned man would go mad if he had to do Epsilon Semi-moron work -- go mad, or start smashing things up.


Quote: No Romeo-and-Juliet acts, no nonsense about Love with a large L, none of that popular song claptrap with its skies of blue, dreams come true, heaven with you. Just sensuality for its own sake. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

No Romeo-and-Juliet acts, no nonsense about Love with a large L, none of that popular song claptrap with its skies of blue, dreams come true, heaven with you. Just sensuality for its own sake.


Quote: The third petition of the Lord's Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intention of letting anyone's will be done but their own. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The third petition of the Lord's Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intention of letting anyone's will be done but their own.




Quote: Science is not enough, religion is not enough, art is not enough, politics and economics are not enough, nor is love, nor is duty, nor is action however disinterested, nor, however sublime, is contemplation. Nothing short of everything, will really do. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Science is not enough, religion is not enough, art is not enough, politics and economics are not enough, nor is love, nor is duty, nor is action however disinterested, nor, however sublime, is contemplation. Nothing short of everything, will really do.


Quote: The most intractable of our experiences is the experience of Time-the intuition of duration, combined with the thought of perpetual perishing. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The most intractable of our experiences is the experience of Time-the intuition of duration, combined with the thought of perpetual perishing.


Quote: If the Prince of Peace should come to earth, one of the first things he would do would be to put psychiatrists in their place. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

If the Prince of Peace should come to earth, one of the first things he would do would be to put psychiatrists in their place.


Quote: It is in the social sphere, in the realm of politics and economics, that the Will to Order becomes really dangerous. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

It is in the social sphere, in the realm of politics and economics, that the Will to Order becomes really dangerous.


Quote: The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence.




Quote: Single-mindedness is all very well in cows or baboons; in an animal claiming to belong to the same species as Shakespeare, it is simply disgraceful. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Single-mindedness is all very well in cows or baboons; in an animal claiming to belong to the same species as Shakespeare, it is simply disgraceful.


Quote: Grace is always sufficient, provided we are ready to cooperate with it. If we fail to do our share, but rather choose to rely on self-will and self-direction, we shall not only get no help from the graces bestowed on us, we shall actually make it impossible for further graces to be given. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote: Grace is always sufficient, provided we are ready to cooperate with it. If we fail to do our share, but rather choose to rely on self-will and self-direction, we shall not only get no help from the graces bestowed on us, we shall actually make it impossible for further graces to be given.- black text on quotes background

Grace is always sufficient, provided we are ready to cooperate with it. If we fail to do our share, but rather choose to rely on self-will and self-direction, we shall not only get no help from the graces bestowed on us, we shall actually make it impossible for further graces to be given.


Quote: I write everything many times over. All my thoughts are second thoughts. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I write everything many times over. All my thoughts are second thoughts.


Quote: The more you know, the more you see. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The more you know, the more you see.


Quote: That's what you men are always doing; it's so barbarously naive. You feel one of your loose desires for some woman, and because you desire her strongly you immediately accuse her of luring you on, of deliberately provoking and inviting the desire. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

That's what you men are always doing; it's so barbarously naive. You feel one of your loose desires for some woman, and because you desire her strongly you immediately accuse her of luring you on, of deliberately provoking and inviting the desire.


Quote: The leech's kiss, the squid's embrace, The prurient ape's defiling touch: And do you like the human race? No, not much. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The leech's kiss, the squid's embrace, The prurient ape's defiling touch: And do you like the human race? No, not much.


Quote: Nonsense is an assertion of man's spiritual freedom in spite of all the oppressions of circumstance. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Nonsense is an assertion of man's spiritual freedom in spite of all the oppressions of circumstance.


Quote: Bottle of mine, it's you I've always wanted!
Bottle of mine, why was I ever decanted?
Skies are blue inside of you,
The weather's always fine;
For
There ain't no Bottle in all the world
Like that dear little Bottle of mine. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Bottle of mine, it's you I've always wanted!
Bottle of mine, why was I ever decanted?
Skies are blue inside of you,
The weather's always fine;
For
There ain't no Bottle in all the world
Like that dear little Bottle of mine.


Quote: Ignore death up to the last moment; then, when it can't be ignored any longer, have yourself squirted full of morphia and shuffle off in a coma. Thoroughly sensible, humane and scientific, eh? by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Ignore death up to the last moment; then, when it can't be ignored any longer, have yourself squirted full of morphia and shuffle off in a coma. Thoroughly sensible, humane and scientific, eh?


Quote: For 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

For 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.


Quote: Liberty? Why it doesn't exist. There is no liberty in this world, just gilded cages. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Liberty? Why it doesn't exist. There is no liberty in this world, just gilded cages.


Quote: Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.




Quote: Man is an amphibian who lives simultaneously in two worlds-the given and the home-made, the world of matter, life and consciousness and the world of symbols. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Man is an amphibian who lives simultaneously in two worlds-the given and the home-made, the world of matter, life and consciousness and the world of symbols.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: All democracies are based on the proposition that power is very dangerous and that it is extremely important not to let any one person or small group have too much power for too long a time. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

All democracies are based on the proposition that power is very dangerous and that it is extremely important not to let any one person or small group have too much power for too long a time.




Quote: Now, a corpse, poor thing, is an untouchable and the process of decay is, of all pieces of bad manners, the vulgarest imaginable. For a corpse is, by definition, a person absolutely devoid of savoir vivre. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Now, a corpse, poor thing, is an untouchable and the process of decay is, of all pieces of bad manners, the vulgarest imaginable. For a corpse is, by definition, a person absolutely devoid of savoir vivre.


Quote: Ultimate Reality is not clearly and immediately apprehended except by those who have made themselves loving, pure in heart and poor in spirit. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Ultimate Reality is not clearly and immediately apprehended except by those who have made themselves loving, pure in heart and poor in spirit.


Quote: God: a gaseous vertebrate. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

God: a gaseous vertebrate.


Quote: Words are good servants but bad masters. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Words are good servants but bad masters.


Quote: All war propaganda consists, in the last resort, in substituting diabolical abstractions for human beings. Similarly, those who defend war have invented a pleasant sounding vocabulary of abstractions in which to describe the process of mass murder. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

All war propaganda consists, in the last resort, in substituting diabolical abstractions for human beings. Similarly, those who defend war have invented a pleasant sounding vocabulary of abstractions in which to describe the process of mass murder.


Quote: But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed -- a compass, not a weathercock.


Quote: He continued, slowly, by a process of osmosis and white knowledge (which is like white noise, only more useful), to comprehend the city, a process that accelerated when he realized that the actual City of London itself was no bigger than a square mile. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

He continued, slowly, by a process of osmosis and white knowledge (which is like white noise, only more useful), to comprehend the city, a process that accelerated when he realized that the actual City of London itself was no bigger than a square mile.


Quote: Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning, truth and beauty can't. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning, truth and beauty can't.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning; truth and beauty can't. And, of course, whenever the masses seized political power, then it was happiness rather than truth and beauty that mattered.


Quote: I will have no Parsons around me but such as drink deep, ride to Hounds and caress the Wives and Daughters of their Parishioners.A Virtuous Parson does nothing to test or exercise the Faith of his Flock. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I will have no Parsons around me but such as drink deep, ride to Hounds and caress the Wives and Daughters of their Parishioners.A Virtuous Parson does nothing to test or exercise the Faith of his Flock.


Quote: One right-thinking man thinks like all other right-thinking men of his time that is to say, in most cases, like some wrong-thinking man of another time. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

One right-thinking man thinks like all other right-thinking men of his time that is to say, in most cases, like some wrong-thinking man of another time.


Quote: People travel for the same reason as they collect works of art: because the best people do it. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

People travel for the same reason as they collect works of art: because the best people do it.


Quote: He had been making an unsuccessful effort to write something about nothing in particular. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

He had been making an unsuccessful effort to write something about nothing in particular.


Quote: Higher education is not necessarily a guarantee of higher virtue. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Higher education is not necessarily a guarantee of higher virtue.


Quote: Only one more indispensable massacre of Capitalists or Communists or Fascists or Christians or Heretics, and there we are in the Golden Future. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Only one more indispensable massacre of Capitalists or Communists or Fascists or Christians or Heretics, and there we are in the Golden Future.


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