Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, novelist, philosopher, and prominent member of the Huxley family. He graduated from Balliol College at the University of Oxford with a first-class honours in English literature. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in seven different years.

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

Every man's memory is his private literature.

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.

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able vicariously to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.

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.

What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.

Experience teaches only the teachable.

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.

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

Speed it seems to me provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.

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.

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

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.

My fate cannot be mastered, it can only be collaborated with and thereby to some extent directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul, I am only its noisiest passenger.

The impulse to cruelty is in many people almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love - almost as violent and much more mischievous.

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.

A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.

Happiness is a hard master particularly other people's happiness.

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

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