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Inspirational Aldous Huxley Quotes

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Aldous Huxley Quotes.

He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London; for non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug; and a wide-ranging output of essays. Early in his career Huxley edited the magazine Oxford Poetry and published short stories and poetry.

By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in seven different years.

Aldous Huxley Quotes
Aldous Huxley Quotes

Aldous Huxley Quotes

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”
― Aldous Huxley

“No social stability without individual stability.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
― 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

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
― Aldous Huxley

“I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly.”
Aldous Huxley quotes

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.”
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 more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Every man’s memory is his private literature.”
― 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

“That all men are equal is a proposition which at ordinary times no sane individual has ever given his assent.”
― Aldous Huxley

“I am I, and I wish I weren’t.”
― Aldous Huxley

“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.”
― Aldous Huxley

“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”
― Aldous Huxley

“If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.”
Aldous Huxley quotes

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

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
― Aldous Huxley

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

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”
― Aldous Huxley

“All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.”
― Aldous Huxley

“An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.”
― Aldous Huxley

“For in spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody.”
― Aldous Huxley

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
― Aldous Huxley

“I like being myself. Myself and nasty.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.”
Aldous Huxley quotes

“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.”
― Aldous Huxley

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

“Ironically enough, the only people who can hold up indefinitely under the stress of modern war are psychotics. Individual insanity is immune to the consequences of collective insanity.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.”
― 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

“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”
― Aldous Huxley

“We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone.”
― Aldous Huxley

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling…”
― Aldous Huxley

“Every man with a little leisure and enough money for railway tickets, every man, indeed, who knows how to read, has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.”
― Aldous Huxley

“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.”
Aldous Huxley quotes

“Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence—those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, you’d collapse. And while you people are overconsuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster.”
― Aldous Huxley

“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. “Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does.”
― Aldous Huxley

“The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior ‘righteous indignation’ — this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Deprived of their newspapers or a novel, reading-addicts will fall back onto cookery books, on the literature which is wrapped around bottles of patent medicine, on those instructions for keeping the contents crisp which are printed on the outside of boxes of breakfast cereals. On anything.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”
― Aldous Huxley

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