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Quote: We cannot reason ourselves out of our basic irrationality. All we can do is to learn the art of being irrational in a reasonable way. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

We cannot reason ourselves out of our basic irrationality. All we can do is to learn the art of being irrational in a reasonable way.


Quote: If we evolved a race of Isaac Newtons, that would not be progress. For the price Newton had to pay for being a supreme intellect was that he was incapable of friendship, love, fatherhood, and many other desirable things. As a man he was a failure; as a monster he was superb. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote; white text on black background

If we evolved a race of Isaac Newtons, that would not be progress. For the price Newton had to pay for being a supreme intellect was that he was incapable of friendship, love, fatherhood, and many other desirable things. As a man he was a failure; as a monster he was superb.


Quote: Which is better: to have fun with fungi or to have Idiocy with ideology, to have wars because of words, to have tomorrow's misdeeds out of yesterday's miscreeds? by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Which is better: to have fun with fungi or to have Idiocy with ideology, to have wars because of words, to have tomorrow's misdeeds out of yesterday's miscreeds?


Quote: If you look up 'Intelligence' in the new volumes of the Encyclopeadia Britannica, you'll find it classified under the following three heads: Intelligence, Human; Intelligence, Animal; Intelligence, Military. My stepfather's a perfect specimen of Intelligence, Military. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote; white text on black background

If you look up 'Intelligence' in the new volumes of the Encyclopeadia Britannica, you'll find it classified under the following three heads: Intelligence, Human; Intelligence, Animal; Intelligence, Military. My stepfather's a perfect specimen of Intelligence, Military.


Quote: One thinks one's something unique and wonderful at the center of the universe, when in fact one's just a slight interruption in the ongoing march of entropy. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

One thinks one's something unique and wonderful at the center of the universe, when in fact one's just a slight interruption in the ongoing march of entropy.




Quote: Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born.


Quote: And so, resisting the temptation to wallow in artistic remorse, I prefer to leave both well and ill alone and to think about something else. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

And so, resisting the temptation to wallow in artistic remorse, I prefer to leave both well and ill alone and to think about something else.


Quote: The Men of Faith will play the cup-bearers at this lifelong bacchanal, filling and ever filling again with the warm liquor that the Intelligences, in sad and sober privacy behind the scenes, will brew for the intoxication of their subjects. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The Men of Faith will play the cup-bearers at this lifelong bacchanal, filling and ever filling again with the warm liquor that the Intelligences, in sad and sober privacy behind the scenes, will brew for the intoxication of their subjects.


Quote: Man's life on earth has only one end and purpose: to identify himself with his eternal Self and so to come to unitive knowledge of the Divine Ground. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Man's life on earth has only one end and purpose: to identify himself with his eternal Self and so to come to unitive knowledge of the Divine Ground.


Quote: Liberate yourselves from everything you know and look with complete innocence at this infinitely improbable thing before you. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Liberate yourselves from everything you know and look with complete innocence at this infinitely improbable thing before you.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.




Quote: At their first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools and mad men. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

At their first appearance innovators have always been derided as fools and mad men.


Quote: There were the years-- years of childhood and innocence-- when I had believed that carminative meant-- well, carminative. And now, before me lies the rest of my life-- a day, perhaps, ten years, half a century, when I shall know that carminative means windtreibend. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote; white text on black background

There were the years-- years of childhood and innocence-- when I had believed that carminative meant-- well, carminative. And now, before me lies the rest of my life-- a day, perhaps, ten years, half a century, when I shall know that carminative means windtreibend.


Quote: For I am you and you are I. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

For I am you and you are I.


Quote: Los intelectuales de Occidente son todos aficionados a la silla. Por eso la mayoría de ustedes son tan repulsivamente malsanos. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Los intelectuales de Occidente son todos aficionados a la silla. Por eso la mayoría de ustedes son tan repulsivamente malsanos.


Quote: Ending is better than mending. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Ending is better than mending.


Quote: Modern man's besetting temptation is to sacrifice his direct perceptions and spontaneous feelings to his reasoned reflections; to prefer in all circumstances the verdict of his intellect to that of his immediate intuitions. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Modern man's besetting temptation is to sacrifice his direct perceptions and spontaneous feelings to his reasoned reflections; to prefer in all circumstances the verdict of his intellect to that of his immediate intuitions.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: What man has joined, nature is powerless to put asunder. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

What man has joined, nature is powerless to put asunder.


Quote: All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny.


Quote: When the individual feels, the community reels. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

When the individual feels, the community reels.


Quote: Contemplation is that condition of alert passivity, in which the soul lays itself open to the divine Ground within and without, the immanent and transcendent Godhead. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Contemplation is that condition of alert passivity, in which the soul lays itself open to the divine Ground within and without, the immanent and transcendent Godhead.


Quote: Every one belongs to every one else. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Every one belongs to every one else.


Quote: Family, monogamy, romance. Everywhere exclusiveness, a narrow channelling of impulse and energy. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Family, monogamy, romance. Everywhere exclusiveness, a narrow channelling of impulse and energy.


Quote: The Christian idea of a perfect heaven that is something other than a non-existence is a contradiction in terms. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The Christian idea of a perfect heaven that is something other than a non-existence is a contradiction in terms.




Quote: The condition of being forgiven is self-abandonment. The proud man prefers self-reproach, however painful -- because the reproached self isn't abandoned; it remains intact. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The condition of being forgiven is self-abandonment. The proud man prefers self-reproach, however painful -- because the reproached self isn't abandoned; it remains intact.


Quote: These are the sort of things people ought to look at. Things without pretensions, satisfied to be merely themselves. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

These are the sort of things people ought to look at. Things without pretensions, satisfied to be merely themselves.




Quote: People are much too solemn about things -- I'm all for sticking pins into episcopal behinds. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

People are much too solemn about things -- I'm all for sticking pins into episcopal behinds.


Quote: It's a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is. I think it's healthy that people should have this experience. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

It's a very salutary thing to realize that the rather dull universe in which most of us spend most of our time is not the only universe there is. I think it's healthy that people should have this experience.


Quote: We were back at home, and I had returned to that reassuring but profoundly unsatisfactory state known as 'being in one's right mind. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

We were back at home, and I had returned to that reassuring but profoundly unsatisfactory state known as 'being in one's right mind.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: I mean what does a democracy depend on? A democracy depends on the individual voter making an intelligent and rational choice for what he regards as his enlightened self-interest, in any given circumstance. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I mean what does a democracy depend on? A democracy depends on the individual voter making an intelligent and rational choice for what he regards as his enlightened self-interest, in any given circumstance.


Quote: As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends correspondingly to increase. And the dictator will do well to encourage that freedom...it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

As political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends correspondingly to increase. And the dictator will do well to encourage that freedom...it will help to reconcile his subjects to the servitude which is their fate.




Quote: The business of a seer is to see; and if he involves himself in the kind of God-eclipsing activities which make seeing impossible, he betrays the trust which his fellows have tacitly placed in him. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The business of a seer is to see; and if he involves himself in the kind of God-eclipsing activities which make seeing impossible, he betrays the trust which his fellows have tacitly placed in him.


Quote: The greater part of the population is not very intelligent, dreads responsibility, and desires nothing better than to be told what to do. Provided the rulers do not interfere with its material comforts and its cherished beliefs, it is perfectly happy to let itself be ruled. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote; white text on black background

The greater part of the population is not very intelligent, dreads responsibility, and desires nothing better than to be told what to do. Provided the rulers do not interfere with its material comforts and its cherished beliefs, it is perfectly happy to let itself be ruled.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: Industrial civilization is only possible when there's no self-denial. Self-indulgence up to the very limits imposed by hygiene and economics. Otherwise the wheels stop turning. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Industrial civilization is only possible when there's no self-denial. Self-indulgence up to the very limits imposed by hygiene and economics. Otherwise the wheels stop turning.


Quote: Along this particular stretch of line no express had ever passed. All the trains -- the few that there were -- stopped at all the stations. Denis knew the names of those stations by heart. Bole, Tritton, Spavin Delawarr, Knipswich for Timpany, West Bowlby, and, finally, Camlet-on-the-Water. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote: Along this particular stretch of line no express had ever passed. All the trains -- the few that there were -- stopped at all the stations. Denis knew the names of those stations by heart. Bole, Tritton, Spavin Delawarr, Knipswich for Timpany, West Bowlby, and, finally, Camlet-on-the-Water.- black text on quotes background

Along this particular stretch of line no express had ever passed. All the trains -- the few that there were -- stopped at all the stations. Denis knew the names of those stations by heart. Bole, Tritton, Spavin Delawarr, Knipswich for Timpany, West Bowlby, and, finally, Camlet-on-the-Water.


Quote: His gravest offence had been to accept the world in which he found himself as normal, rational and right. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

His gravest offence had been to accept the world in which he found himself as normal, rational and right.


Quote: Only a person with a Best Seller mind can write Best Sellers. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Only a person with a Best Seller mind can write Best Sellers.


Quote: The nature of oratory is such that there has always been a tendency among politicians and clergymen to oversimplify complex matters. From a pulpit or a platform even the most conscientious of speakers finds it very difficult to tell the whole truth. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The nature of oratory is such that there has always been a tendency among politicians and clergymen to oversimplify complex matters. From a pulpit or a platform even the most conscientious of speakers finds it very difficult to tell the whole truth.


Quote: Man must learn to simplify, but not to the point of falsification. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Man must learn to simplify, but not to the point of falsification.


Quote: For in spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

For in spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody.




Quote: Good is that which makes for unity. Evil is that which makes for separateness. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Good is that which makes for unity. Evil is that which makes for separateness.


Quote: A physical shortcoming could produce a kind of mental excess. The process, it seemed, was reversible. Mental excess could produce, for its own purposes, the voluntary blindness and deafness of deliberate solitude, the artificial impotence of asceticism. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

A physical shortcoming could produce a kind of mental excess. The process, it seemed, was reversible. Mental excess could produce, for its own purposes, the voluntary blindness and deafness of deliberate solitude, the artificial impotence of asceticism.




Quote: The consistent thinker, the consistently moral man, is either a walking mummy or else, if he has not succeeded in stifling all his vitality, a fanatical monomaniac. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The consistent thinker, the consistently moral man, is either a walking mummy or else, if he has not succeeded in stifling all his vitality, a fanatical monomaniac.


Quote: And what strange voices they have! Sometimes like the complaining of small children; sometimes like the noise of lambs. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

And what strange voices they have! Sometimes like the complaining of small children; sometimes like the noise of lambs.


Quote: To those who think that liberty is a good thing, and that it may someday be possible for people to live in a society fit for free, fully human individuals, a thorough education in the nature of language, its uses and abuses, seems indispensable. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

To those who think that liberty is a good thing, and that it may someday be possible for people to live in a society fit for free, fully human individuals, a thorough education in the nature of language, its uses and abuses, seems indispensable.


Quote: As late as the seventeenth century, monarchs owned so little furniture that they had to travel from palace to palace with wagon-loads of plate and bedspreads, of carpets and tapestries. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

As late as the seventeenth century, monarchs owned so little furniture that they had to travel from palace to palace with wagon-loads of plate and bedspreads, of carpets and tapestries.


Quote: Asceticism, it is evident, has a double motivation. If men and women torment their bodies, it is not only because they hope in this way to atone for past sins and avoid future punishments; it is also because they long to visit the mind's antipodes and do some visionary sightseeing. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote: Asceticism, it is evident, has a double motivation. If men and women torment their bodies, it is not only because they hope in this way to atone for past sins and avoid future punishments; it is also because they long to visit the mind's antipodes and do some visionary sightseeing.- black text on quotes background

Asceticism, it is evident, has a double motivation. If men and women torment their bodies, it is not only because they hope in this way to atone for past sins and avoid future punishments; it is also because they long to visit the mind's antipodes and do some visionary sightseeing.


Quote: Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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

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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.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: Reality, no matter how utopian, seems to be something people need to frequently take a holiday from. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Reality, no matter how utopian, seems to be something people need to frequently take a holiday from.


Quote: To be excited is still to be unsatisfied. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

To be excited is still to be unsatisfied.


Quote: The amelioration of the world cannot be achieved by sacrifices in moments of crisis; it depends on the efforts made and constantly repeated during the humdrum, uninspiring periods, which separate one crisis from another, and of which normal lives mainly consist. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The amelioration of the world cannot be achieved by sacrifices in moments of crisis; it depends on the efforts made and constantly repeated during the humdrum, uninspiring periods, which separate one crisis from another, and of which normal lives mainly consist.


Quote: Happiness has got to be paid for. You're paying for it, Mr. Watson -- paying because you happen to be too much interested in beauty. I was too much interested in truth; I paid too. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Happiness has got to be paid for. You're paying for it, Mr. Watson -- paying because you happen to be too much interested in beauty. I was too much interested in truth; I paid too.


Quote: The artists who the world has always recognized as the greatest are those with the widest sympathy. The greatness of the great artist depends precisely on the width and the intensity of his sympathy. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The artists who the world has always recognized as the greatest are those with the widest sympathy. The greatness of the great artist depends precisely on the width and the intensity of his sympathy.




Quote: I dread the inevitable acceleration of American world domination which will be the result of it all...Europe will no longer be Europe. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I dread the inevitable acceleration of American world domination which will be the result of it all...Europe will no longer be Europe.


Quote: If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time.


Quote: On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.


Quote: If you believe in democracy, make arrangements to distribute property as widely as possible. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

If you believe in democracy, make arrangements to distribute property as widely as possible.


Quote: Medical Science has made such tremendous progress that there is hardly a healthy human left. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Medical Science has made such tremendous progress that there is hardly a healthy human left.


Quote: There was something called liberalism ... Liberty to be inefficient and miserable. Freedom to be a round peg in a square hole. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

There was something called liberalism ... Liberty to be inefficient and miserable. Freedom to be a round peg in a square hole.


Quote: Champagne had the taste of an apple peeled with a steel knife. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Champagne had the taste of an apple peeled with a steel knife.


Quote: Men find a new universe of thought and feeling, clearer and more comprehensible than the universe of daily experience. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Men find a new universe of thought and feeling, clearer and more comprehensible than the universe of daily experience.


Quote: No man ever dared to manifest his boredom so insolently as does a Siamese tomcat when he yawns in the face of his amorously importunate wife. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

No man ever dared to manifest his boredom so insolently as does a Siamese tomcat when he yawns in the face of his amorously importunate wife.






Quote: I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: If one is not oneself a sage or saint, the best thing one can do is to study the words of those who were. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

If one is not oneself a sage or saint, the best thing one can do is to study the words of those who were.


Quote: The trouble with fiction, said John Rivers, is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The trouble with fiction, said John Rivers, is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense.


Quote: Reality, however utopian, is something from which people feel the need of taking pretty frequent holidays. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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




Quote: Most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.


Quote: And that, put in the Director sententiously, that is the secret of happiness and virtue -- liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

And that, put in the Director sententiously, that is the secret of happiness and virtue -- liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny.




Quote: You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion... 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion... 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.


Quote: People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

People will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.


Quote: To talk about religion except in terms of human psychology is an irrelevance. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

To talk about religion except in terms of human psychology is an irrelevance.


Quote: I am entirely on the side of mystery. I mean, any attempt to explain away the mystery is ridiculous. I believe in the profound and unfathomable mystery of life which has a sort of divine quality about it. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I am entirely on the side of mystery. I mean, any attempt to explain away the mystery is ridiculous. I believe in the profound and unfathomable mystery of life which has a sort of divine quality about it.


Quote: Science and art are only too often a superior kind of dope, possessing this advantage over booze and morphia: that they can be indulged in with a good conscience and with the conviction that, in the process of indulging, one is leading the higher life. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Science and art are only too often a superior kind of dope, possessing this advantage over booze and morphia: that they can be indulged in with a good conscience and with the conviction that, in the process of indulging, one is leading the higher life.


Quote: Music is an ocean, but the repertory is hardly even a lake; it is a pond. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Music is an ocean, but the repertory is hardly even a lake; it is a pond.


Quote: Every gain made by individuals or society is almost instantly taken for granted. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Every gain made by individuals or society is almost instantly taken for granted.


Quote: A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it.


Quote: When life appears to be working against you, when your luck is down, when the supposedly wrong people show up, or when you slip up and return to old, self-defeating habits, recognize the signs that you're out of harmony with intention. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

When life appears to be working against you, when your luck is down, when the supposedly wrong people show up, or when you slip up and return to old, self-defeating habits, recognize the signs that you're out of harmony with intention.




Quote: I like being myself. Myself and nasty. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I like being myself. Myself and nasty.




Quote: Give us this day our daily Faith, but deliver us, dear God, from Belief. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Give us this day our daily Faith, but deliver us, dear God, from Belief.


Quote: If ever I hear again of any lapse from a proper standard of infantile decorum, I shall ask for your transference to a Sub-Centre -- preferably to Iceland. Good morning. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

If ever I hear again of any lapse from a proper standard of infantile decorum, I shall ask for your transference to a Sub-Centre -- preferably to Iceland. Good morning.




Quote: A man can smile and smile and be a villain. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

A man can smile and smile and be a villain.




Quote: I'm claiming the right to be unhappy. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I'm claiming the right to be unhappy.


Quote: I was not looking now at an unusual flower arrangement. I was seeing what Adam had seen on the morning of his creation -- the miracle, moment by moment, of naked existence. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I was not looking now at an unusual flower arrangement. I was seeing what Adam had seen on the morning of his creation -- the miracle, moment by moment, of naked existence.


Quote: One seventh of your life is spent on Monday. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

One seventh of your life is spent on Monday.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: It's a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research and study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

It's a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research and study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other.


Quote: For every traveller who has any taste of his own, the only useful guidebook will be the one which he himself has written. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

For every traveller who has any taste of his own, the only useful guidebook will be the one which he himself has written.


Quote: Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.


Quote: To change a vocabulary is easy; to change external circumstances or our own ingrained habits is hard and tiresome. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

To change a vocabulary is easy; to change external circumstances or our own ingrained habits is hard and tiresome.


Quote: One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.


Quote: If one's different, one's bound to be lonely. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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




Quote: It is only when we have renounced our preoccupation with I, me, mine, that we can truly possess the world in which we live. Everything, provided that we regard nothing as property. And not only is everything ours; it is also everybody else's. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

It is only when we have renounced our preoccupation with I, me, mine, that we can truly possess the world in which we live. Everything, provided that we regard nothing as property. And not only is everything ours; it is also everybody else's.


Quote: If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.


Quote: Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.


Quote: Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.


Quote: De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.


Quote: Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.


Quote: There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.


Quote: It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.


Quote: Several excuses are always less convincing than one. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.


Quote: Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.


Quote: The proper study of mankind is books. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The proper study of mankind is books.


Quote: So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.


Quote: Orthodoxy is the diehard of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.


Quote: We are all geniuses up to the age of ten. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.


Quote: Maybe this world is another planet's hell. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.


Quote: Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.


Quote: I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of Aldous Huxley quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are.


Quote: Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people's happiness. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people's happiness.


Quote: 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.' by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.'


Quote: Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.


Quote: A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.


Quote: Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Aldous Huxley overlaid on photo of photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.


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