Aldous Huxley Quotes


121 Aldous Huxley quotes:



"Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people's happiness."
"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."
"Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain."
"That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent."
"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad."
"A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul."
"Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation."
"De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history."
"Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt."
"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."
"Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying."
"From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn."
"Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations."
"I can sympathise with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness."
"I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery."
"It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.'"
"It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels."
"Man is an intelligence, not served by, but in servitude to his organs."
"Most human beings have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted."
"My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing."



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