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Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity
by Aldous Huxley

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

 

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

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

Dream in a pragmatic way.
- Aldous Huxley

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

Experience teaches only the teachable.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

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

Writers write to influence their readers,
their preachers, their auditors, but always,
at bottom, to be more themselves.
- 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 secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age,
which mean never losing your enthusiasm.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

Experience is not what happens to you;
it's what you do with what happens to you.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

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

A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one,
it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
- 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

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

Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
- Aldous Huxley

Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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