Aldous Huxley 3

The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
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

It’s with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.
Aldous Huxley

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

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

An intellectual is a person who’s found one thing that’s more interesting than sex.
Aldous Huxley

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.
Aldous Huxley

Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
Aldous Huxley

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.
Aldous Huxley

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

Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.
Aldous Huxley

People intoxicate themselves with work so they won’t see how they really are.
Aldous Huxley

The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.
Aldous Huxley

Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.
Aldous Huxley

De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history.
Aldous Huxley

Cynical realism is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
Aldous Huxley

Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
Aldous Huxley

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

Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science.
Aldous Huxley

Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
Aldous Huxley

Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.
Aldous Huxley

Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image.
Aldous Huxley

Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.
Aldous Huxley

Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one’s never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them.
Aldous Huxley

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.
Aldous Huxley

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?
Aldous Huxley

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