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A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch
by Aldous Huxley

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch
and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.
- 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

 

Experience teaches only the teachable.
- Aldous Huxley

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

Dream in a pragmatic way.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That all men are equal is a proposition to which,
at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
- 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

The author of the Iliad is either Homer or,
if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The proper study of mankind is books.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons,
Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.
- Aldous Huxley

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

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

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

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

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

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
- 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

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

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

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

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

If human beings were shown what they're really like,
they'd either kill one another as vermin,
or hang 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

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


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