Aldous Huxley 1

Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
Aldous Huxley

Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
Aldous Huxley

The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own.
Aldous Huxley

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Aldous Huxley

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.
Aldous Huxley

An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.
Aldous Huxley

Dream in a pragmatic way.
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

Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
Aldous Huxley

Chastity – the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.
Aldous Huxley

Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
Aldous Huxley

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

It takes two to make a murder. There are born victims, born to have their throats cut, as the cut-throats are born to be hanged.
Aldous Huxley

It was one of those evenings when men feel that truth, goodness and beauty are one. In the morning, when they commit their discovery to paper, when others read it written there, it looks wholly ridiculous.
Aldous Huxley

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
Aldous Huxley

I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.
Aldous Huxley

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.
Aldous Huxley

Every man’s memory is his private literature.
Aldous Huxley

All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
Aldous Huxley

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

Orthodoxy is the diehard of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget.
Aldous Huxley

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

One of the great attractions of patriotism – it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
Aldous Huxley

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

There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.
Aldous Huxley

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