Most Popular Aldous Huxley Quotes

Aldous Huxley was a famous english writer who lived in 1894-1963. Well know for his book Brave New World.  Huxley began writing books at the age of 17. Although it took some more time to get his first book published, he has successfully made his mark with his books and quotes to inspire and motivate the people. Here are the few best quotes collection from Aldous Huxley.

Joy and Happiness

  • What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes – ah, they have all the necessary leisure.
  • Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.
  • The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.
  • The most distressing thing that can happen to a prophet is to be proved wrong. The next most distressing thing is to be proved right.
  • Perhaps it’s good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he’s happy? Would he ever want to do anything?
  • What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?
  • Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people’s happiness.
  • 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.
  • Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.


  • 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.
  • The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love – almost as violent and much more mischievou
  • 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.
  • There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.
  • There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
  • There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.


  • There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.

Short Quotes

  • The proper study of mankind is books.
  • The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude
  • Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
  • People intoxicate themselves with work so they won’t see how they really are.
  • Orthodoxy is the diehard of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget.
  • We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.
  • We participate in a tragedy. at a comedy we only look.
  • Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
  • Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.
  • Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
  • Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.
  • Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
  • Experience teaches only the teachable.
  • Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.
  • Every man’s memory is his private literature.
  • Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.
  • Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.
  • Dream in a pragmatic way.
  • Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work.
  • It’s with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.
  • Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
  • I’m afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.
  • To his dog, every man is Napoleon. hence the constant popularity of dogs.
  • Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.
  • Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs.

Other Quotes Collection

  • The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy. their second worst enemy is total efficiency.
  • 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.
  • The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm.
  • The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
  • The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
  • 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.
  • Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
  • Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
  • That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
  • That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
  • Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
  • Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science.
  • Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.
  • So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.
  • Science has explained nothing. the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
  • What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.
  • What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.
  • Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.
  • There’s only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.
  • There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
  • Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
  • My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.
  • Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history.
  • 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.
  • It takes two to make a murder. There are born victims, born to have their throats cut, as the cut-throats are born to be hanged.
  • If human beings were shown what they’re really like, they’d either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.
  • Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
  • Hell isn’t merely paved with good intentions. it’s walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.
  • 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.
  • Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
  • Cynical realism is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
  • Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
  • Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
  • After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
  • Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.
  • Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.
  • All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
  • A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will’s freedom after it.
  • A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author’s soul.

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