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quote by 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. with background image: 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.

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: If one is not oneself a sage or saint, the best thing one can do is to study the words of those who were. with background image: 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.

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: The trouble with fiction, said John Rivers, is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Aldous Huxley

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

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

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quote by Aldous Huxley: 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 des… with background image: 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.

--Aldous Huxley

quote by Aldous Huxley: 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 b… with background image: 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.

--Aldous Huxley

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

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

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: To talk about religion except in terms of human psychology is an irrelevance. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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

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quote by Aldous Huxley: 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 abou… with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: 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 … with background image: 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.

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

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

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: Every gain made by individuals or society is almost instantly taken for granted. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it. with background image: 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.

--Aldous Huxley

quote by Aldous Huxley: 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 y… with background image: 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.

--Aldous Huxley

quote by Aldous Huxley: I like being myself. Myself and nasty. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I like being myself. Myself and nasty.

--Aldous Huxley


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

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

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quote by Aldous Huxley: 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. with background image: 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.

--Aldous Huxley

quote by Aldous Huxley: A man can smile and smile and be a villain. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

A man can smile and smile and be a villain.

--Aldous Huxley


quote by Aldous Huxley: I'm claiming the right to be unhappy. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

I'm claiming the right to be unhappy.

--Aldous Huxley

quote by Aldous Huxley: 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. with background image: 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.

--Aldous Huxley

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

One seventh of your life is spent on Monday.

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quote by 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 mak… with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: 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. with background image: 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.

--Aldous Huxley

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

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quote by Aldous Huxley: Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: To change a vocabulary is easy; to change external circumstances or our own ingrained habits is hard and tiresome. with background image: 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.

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

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

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

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

--Aldous Huxley

quote by Aldous Huxley: 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 ev… with background image: 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.

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

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quote by Aldous Huxley: Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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

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quote by 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 background image: 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.

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quote by 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. with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: 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. with background image: 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.

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quote by 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. with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held. with background image: 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.

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

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

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

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

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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

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

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

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quote by Aldous Huxley: Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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

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quote by Aldous Huxley: To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs. with background image: black fawn pug playing with plush toy
Background Photo: Charles Deluvio

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

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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

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quote by 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. with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera. with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name. with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: Several excuses are always less convincing than one. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: The proper study of mankind is books. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

The proper study of mankind is books.

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quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency. with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: We are all geniuses up to the age of ten. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. with background image: 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.

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: Maybe this world is another planet's hell. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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quote by Aldous Huxley: Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history. with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning. with background image: 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.

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quote by 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. with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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

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

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

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quote by Aldous Huxley: 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… with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know. with background image: pink umbrella
Background Photo: Erik Witsoe

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.

--Aldous Huxley

Longer Version:

Most ignorances are vincible, and in the greater number of cases stupidity is what the Buddha pronounced it to be, a sin. For, consciously, or subconsciously, it is with deliberation that we do not know or fail to understand-because incomprehension allows us, with a good conscience, to evade unpleasant obligations and responsibilities, because ignorance is the best excuse for going on doing what one likes, but ought not, to do.


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

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

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quote by Aldous Huxley: 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. with background image: 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.

--Aldous Huxley

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

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

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

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

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too. with background image: 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.

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quote by 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… with background image: 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.

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quote by 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. with background image: 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.

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quote by Aldous Huxley: Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness. with background image: 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.

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

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

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quote by Aldous Huxley: 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.' with background image: 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.'

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quote by Aldous Huxley: Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors. with background image: photo of author Aldous Huxley with quote

Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.

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

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

--Aldous Huxley
quote by Aldous Huxley: That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. with background image: 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.

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

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

--Aldous Huxley

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