Aldous Huxley

«But then every man is ludicrous if you look at him from outside, without taking into account what’s going on in his heart and mind.»

Aldous Huxley


«Like every other good thing in this»

Aldous Huxley


«Our civilisation being what it is, you've got to spent eight hours out of every twenty-four as a mixture between an imbecile and a sewing machine. It's very disagreeable, I know. It's humiliating and disgusting. But there you are. You've got to do it, otherwise the whole fabric of our world will fall to bits and we'll starve. Do the job then, idiotically and mechanically; and spend your leisure hours in being a real complete man or woman.»

Aldous Huxley


«There's nothing like a re-creation of the event. Which is lucky. Think if one could fully remember perfume or kisses! How wearisome the reality of them would be!»

Aldous Huxley


«Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.»

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


«And the two essential and indispensable things are first of all intelligence in the right most sense of that word and goodwill or the old fashion word charity/love, I mean these two things have to go hand in hand. Intelligence and knowledge without charity or goodwill would perhaps be inhuman and goodwill or charity undirected by intelligence or knowledge would be either impotent or misguided, the two have to go together.»

Aldous Huxley


«Mon Dieu, la vie est par trop moche.»

Aldous Huxley


«He was a philosopher, if you know what that was.’»

Aldous Huxley


«Stability,” insisted the Controller, “stability. The primal and the ultimate need. Stability. Hence all this.»

Aldous Huxley


«...reality, however utopian, is something from which people feel the need of taking pretty frequent holidays....»

Aldous Huxley


«You pays your money and you takes your choice.»

Aldous Huxley


«You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. . . . Dogs do not ritually urinate in the hope of persuading heaven to do the same and send down rain. Asses do not bray a liturgy to cloudless skies. Nor do cats attempt, by abstinence from cat's meat, to wheedle the feline spirits into benevolence. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but not, as yet, quite intelligent enough.»

Aldous Huxley


«Sex can be used either for self-affirmation or for self-transcendence — either to intensify the ego and consolidate the social persona by some kind of conspicuous ‘embarkation’ and heroic conquest, or else to annihilate the persona and transcend the ego in an obscure rapture of sensuality, a frenzy of romantic passion, more creditably, in the mutual charity of the perfect marriage.»

Aldous Huxley


«Man is so intelligent that he feels impelled to invent theories to account for what happens in the world. Unfortunately, he is not quite intelligent enough, in most cases, to find correct explanations. So that when he acts on his theories, he behaves very often like a lunatic.»

Aldous Huxley


«Grief doesn't kill, love doesn't kill; but time kills everything, kills desire, kills sorrow, kills in the end the mind that feels them; wrinkels and softens the body while it still lives, tots it like a medlar, kills it too at last.»

Aldous Huxley


«Who lives longer? The man who takes heroin for two years and dies, or a man who lives on roast beef, water and potatoes 'till 95? One passes his 24 months in eternity. All the years of the beefeater are lived only in time.»

Aldous Huxley


«I believe one would write better if the climate were bad. If there were a lot of wind and storms for example...»

Aldous Huxley


«They had not yet learned to draw the significant but often very fine distinction between smut and pure science.»

Aldous Huxley


«Liberties aren't given, they are taken.»

Aldous Huxley


«Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.»

Aldous Huxley


«But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin.'»

Aldous Huxley


«Pain was a fascinating horror»

Aldous Huxley


«Every man's memory is his private literature.»

Aldous Huxley


«In the contexts of religion and politics, words are not regarded as standing, rather inadequately, for things and events; on the contrary, things and events are regarded as particular illustrations of words.»

Aldous Huxley


«Individual insanity is immune to the consequences of collective insanity»

Aldous Huxley


«There was a thing called Heaven; but all the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcohol."»

Aldous Huxley


«If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.»

Aldous Huxley


«De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history.»

Aldous Huxley


«God isn't the son of Memory; He's the son of Immediate Experience. You can't worship a spirit in spirit, unless you do it now. Wallowing in the past may be good literature. As wisdom, it's hopeless. Time Regained is Paradise Lost, and Time Lost is Paradise Regained. Let the dead bury their dead. If you want to live at every moment as it presents itself, you've got to die to every other moment.»

Aldous Huxley