Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored

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

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

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.

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

Chastity: the most unnatural of the sexual perversions.

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

If the Prince of Peace should come to earth, one of the first things he would do would be to put psychiatrists in their place.

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

The only completely consistent people are the dead.

All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.

The silent bear no witness against themselves.

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

At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.

Experience teaches only the teachable.

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that is your own self. So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people. That comes afterwards, when you have worked on your own corner.

Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you

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

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.

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.

Folly is often more cruel in the consequences than malice can be in the intent.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

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

Death ? It?s the only thing we haven?t succeeded in completely vulgarizing.