Aldous Huxley Quotes

Reality, however utopian, is something from which people feel the need of taking pretty frequent holidays. Aldous Huxley

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

Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him. Aldous Huxley

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

It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions. Aldous Huxley

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not. 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

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Aldous Huxley

Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work. Aldous Huxley

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

Several excuses are always less convincing than one. Aldous Huxley

Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons. Aldous Huxley

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

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

Nonsense is an assertion of man’s spiritual freedom in spite of all the oppressions of circumstance. Aldous Huxley

Orthodoxy is the diehard of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget. Aldous Huxley

Such prosperity as we have known it up to the present is the consequence of rapidly spending the planet’s irreplaceable capital. Aldous Huxley

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

So long as men worship dictators, Caesars and Napoleons will arise to make them miserable. Aldous Huxley

Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers. Aldous Huxley

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

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

Champagne has the taste of an apple peeled with a steel knife. Aldous Huxley

Good is a product of the ethical and spiritual artistry of individuals; it cannot be mass-produced. Aldous Huxley

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

Where beauty is worshipped for beauty’s sake as a goddess, independent of and superior to morality and philosophy, the most horrible putrefaction is apt to set in. The lives of the aesthetes are the far from edifying commentary on the religion of beauty. Aldous Huxley

The quality of moral behaviour varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved. Aldous Huxley

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

Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure. Aldous Huxley

Classic 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