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

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

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

Experience is not what happens to a man.
It is what a man does with what happens to him.
- Aldous Huxley

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

 

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

Experience teaches only the teachable.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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Dream in a pragmatic way.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen
drape over their will to power.
- 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

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.
- Aldous Huxley

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

An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.
- 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

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

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

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

Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage
the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness
and the most stubborn cunning.
- Aldous Huxley

Every person who knows how to read has it in their
power to magnify themselves,
to multiply the ways in which they exist,
to make life full, significant, and interesting.
- Aldous Huxley

Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
- Aldous Huxley

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

I can sympathise with people's pains,
but not with their pleasures.
There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.
- Aldous Huxley

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

That we are not much sicker and much madder than we
are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces,
sleep.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

Every man's memory is his private literature.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
- 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 only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving,
and that's your own self.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions;
it's walled and roofed with them.
Yes, and furnished too.
- Aldous Huxley

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

I wanted to change the world.
But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
- Aldous Huxley

We participate in a tragedy; at a comedy we only look.
- Aldous Huxley

What with making their way and enjoying what they have won,
heroes have no time to think.
But the sons of heroes - ah, they have all the necessary leisure.
- 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

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

Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

The proper study of mankind is books.
- Aldous Huxley

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


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