Aldous Huxley Quotes....

These Huxley quotes sent a few of my braincells on a backroom safari....!



[Aldous Huxley]:

A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.

A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands
of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.

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.

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.

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

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.

Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.

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

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

Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.

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.

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.

If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.

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.

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.

People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are.

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.

Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.

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

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.

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

The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.

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.

There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.

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.

You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.


darwinsconfusion darwinsconfusion
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2 Responses Aug 5, 2009

"He may not seem such a good friend after telling."<br />
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That explains why I don't have any good friends!<br />

A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.<br />
<br />
Arthur Brisbane