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

Consistency is contrary to nature contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.

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

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

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

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

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.'

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

Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history.

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

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

Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.

What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.

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.

Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.

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.

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?

The finest works of art are precious among other reasons because they make it possible for us to know if only imperfectly and for a little while what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.

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