Aldous Huxley Quotes


121 Aldous Huxley quotes:



"Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held."
"Perhaps it's good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?"
"Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them."
"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."
"The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name."
"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."
"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."
"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm."
"The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen."
"The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency."
"There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail."
"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."
"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
"There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God."
"What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera."
"Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure."
"Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself."
"A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention."
"Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning."
"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."



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