Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.

— Aldous Huxley

The most perspective Aldous Huxley quotes that will activate your desire to change

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

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The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence.

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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

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Aldous Huxley quote There's only one corner of the universe

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

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

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

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The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.

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Aldous Huxley quote Never put off till tomorrow the fun you

Never put off till tomorrow the fun you can have today.

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Dictators can always consolidate their tyranny by an appeal to patriotism.

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

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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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Aldous Huxley quote After silence, that which comes from nea

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

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

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There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it.

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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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Aldous Huxley quote Maybe this world is another planet's hel

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

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About Aldous Huxley

Quotes 656 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Novelist
Birthday July 26, 1894

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.

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Democracy can hardly be expected to flourish in societies where political and economic power is being progressively concentrated and centralized. But the progress of technology has led and is still leading to just such a concentration and centralization of power.

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

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

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

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The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.

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

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The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior 'righteous indignation' — this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.

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All urbanization, pushed beyond a certain point, automatically becomes suburbanization.... Every great city is just a collection of suburbs. Its inhabitantsdo not live in their city; they merely inhabit it.

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Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence - those are the three pillars of Western prosperity.

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Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.

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

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But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.

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Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.

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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.

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Don't try to behave as though you were essentially sane and naturally good.

We're all demented sinners in the same cosmic boat - and the boat is perpetually sinking.

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But the nature of the universe is such that ends can never justify means.

On the contrary, the means always determine the end.

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Medical science is making such remarkable progress that soon none of us will be well.

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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.

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Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.

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The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.

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Experience teaches only the teachable.

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Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.

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

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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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Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.

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Hug me till you drug me, honey; Kiss me till I'm in a coma.

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

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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.

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A mind that has come to the stillness of wisdom shall know being, shall know what it is to love. Love is neither personal nor impersonal. Love is love, not to be defined or described by the mind as exclusive or inclusive. Love is its own eternity; it is the real, the supreme, the immeasurable.

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

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An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.

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The victim of mind-manipulation does not know that he is a victim.

To him, the walls of his prison are invisible, and he believes himself to be free.

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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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Did you ever feel, as though you had something inside you that was only waiting for you to give it a chance to come out? Some sort of extra power that you aren't using - you know, like all the water that goes down the falls instead of through the turbines?

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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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