100+ Aldous Huxley Quotes (Author of Brave New World & Island)

Aldous Huxley Quotes from his most famous books Brave New World, Island and The Doors of Perception will make you think.

Aldous Leonard Huxley was born on 26 July 1894 was an English writer and philosopher. Written more than 50 fifty books in his career including fiction and non-fiction, Huxley was a critic gifted whose works are notable for their wit and pessimistic satire. Some of his most famous works include Brave New World, Island, and Doors Of Perception.

Aldous Huxley Famous Quotes

Bron in Surrey, England, his family was quite famous. Huxley‘s father was a writer and schoolmaster who edited Cornhill Magazine. His mother Julia Arnold, was the founder of Prior’s Field School. Aldous ‘s mother was the niece of poet and critic Matthew Arnold and the sister of Mrs. Humphry Ward.

Being the grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley who was a zoologist, agnostic, and controversialist, Aldous got his name after a character in his aunt’s novels. Graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, Huxley published poetry, stories and edited the Oxford Poetry magazine.

Even though he established himself as a major author by his first two books that is Crome Yellow (1921) and Antic Hay (1923) but Brave New World (1932) was marked as a turning point in Huxley’s career.

He spent most of his time in Italy devoted himself largely to his own writing and the latter part of his life in California, United States until he died. Huxley was widely regarded as one of the greatest intellectuals at that time at the end of his life.

Here we are sharing a collection of Aldous Huxley quotes from his books of Brave New World, Island, and The Doors of Perception for you to acknowledge and read the work of one of the famous intellects of his time.

Aldous Huxley Quotes

“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

“People intoxicate themselves with work so they won’t see how they really are.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

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

“Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.” ― Aldous Huxley

“There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

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

“Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons 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

Aldous Huxley Brave New World Quotes

“Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.” ― Aldous Huxley

“What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.” ― 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

“Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science.” ― Aldous Huxley

“The proper study of mankind is books.” ― 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

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

“Dream in a pragmatic way.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley Doors Of Perception Quotes

“One of the great attractions of patriotism – it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation, we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.” ― Aldous Huxley

“My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby, to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Hell isn’t merely paved with good intentions; it’s walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

“Several excuses are always less convincing than one.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

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

Aldous Huxley Island Quotes

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

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

“You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It’s one of the major happiness. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at the bottom, to be more themselves.” ― 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

“There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.” ― Aldous Huxley

“That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.” ― 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

“Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.” ― Aldous Huxley

Brave New World Book Quotes

“An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.” ― 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

“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

“Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people’s happiness.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

“Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.” ― Aldous Huxley

“An intellectual is a person who’s found one thing that’s more interesting than sex.” ― Aldous Huxley

“What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley Quotes On Freedom

“Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three-quarters of the time one’s never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

“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.” ― Aldous Huxley

“The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” ― Aldous Huxley

“The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage, the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

“Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.” ― Aldous Huxley

“A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will’s freedom after it.” ― Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley The Perennial Philosophy Quotes

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

“Chastity – the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Experience teaches only the teachable.” ― 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

“So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Your true traveler finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty – his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.” ― Aldous Huxley

“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.” ― Aldous Huxley

“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.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

Aldous Huxley Famous Quotes

“What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes – ah, they have all the necessary leisure.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Cynical realism is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

“Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

“Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

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

“The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.” ― Aldous Huxley

“It takes two to make a murder. There are born victims, born to have their throats cut, as the cut-throats are born to be hanged.” ― Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley Music Quotes

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

“The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

“I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

“Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

“Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

“Every man 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

Aldous Huxley Quotes About Technology

“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

“There isn’t any formula or method. You learn to love by loving – by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.” ― Aldous Huxley

“Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.” ― Aldous Huxley

“We participate in a tragedy; at a comedy, we only look.” ― Aldous Huxley

“The most distressing thing that can happen to a prophet is to be proved wrong. The next most distressing thing is to be proved right.” ― Aldous Huxley

“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.” ― Aldous Huxley

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

“Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.” ― 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

“Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.” ― Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley Quotes and Phrases

“It’s with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.” ― 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

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

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In 1911, Huxley had the eye disease Keratitis punctate that left him practically blind for two to three years, and the disease shattered his dreams to become a doctor. Aldous Huxley died on 22 November 1963 on the same day as the British author C. S. Lewis and American President John F. Kennedy died.

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