Aldous Huxley Quotes

121 Aldous Huxley quotes:

"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."
"Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts."
"Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs."
"A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it."
"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."
"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad."
"Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science."
"We participate in a tragedy; at a comedy we only look."
"Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength."
"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."
"Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking."
"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."
"The quality of moral behaviour varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved."
"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."
"Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure."
"People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are."
"Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness."
"Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something."
"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."
"Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities."

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