Aldous Huxley

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

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

The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
Aldous Huxley

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

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
Aldous Huxley

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

Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty – his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
Aldous Huxley

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.
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

Experience teaches only the teachable.
Aldous Huxley

Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects… totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.
Aldous Huxley

Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work.
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

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.
Aldous Huxley

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

It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘try to be a little kinder.’
Aldous Huxley

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

If human beings were shown what they’re really like, they’d either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.
Aldous Huxley

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley

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.
Aldous Huxley

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

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

A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.
Aldous Huxley

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