Sunday, June 08, 2008

Famous Quotes from Aldous Huxley

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. Aldous Huxley

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. Aldous Huxley

Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions. Aldous Huxley

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

De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history. Aldous Huxley

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. Aldous Huxley

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

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

Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power. Aldous Huxley

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

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.' Aldous Huxley

Maybe this world is another planet's hell. Aldous Huxley

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

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? Aldous Huxley

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

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. Aldous Huxley

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach. Aldous Huxley

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. Aldous Huxley

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

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

The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own. Aldous Huxley

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. Aldous Huxley

The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human. Aldous Huxley

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm. Aldous Huxley

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. Aldous Huxley

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

There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God. Aldous Huxley

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten. Aldous Huxley

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

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