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Aldous Huxley Quotes

A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.

A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.

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.

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.

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

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.

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

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

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

An intellectual is a person who's found one thing that's more interesting than sex.

An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.

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

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

Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.

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

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

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

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

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

Dream in a pragmatic way.