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“Did you eat something that didn't agree with you?" asked Bernard. The Savage nodded "I ate civilization.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“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.”
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.”
Aldous Huxley, After Many a Summer Dies the Swan
“Who lives longer? The man who takes heroin for two years and dies, or a man who lives on roast beef, water and potatoes 'till 95? One passes his 24 months in eternity. All the years of the beefeater are lived only in time.”
Aldous Huxley
tags: life
“One third, more or less, of all the sorrow that the person I think I am must endure is unavoidable. It is the sorrow inherent in the human condition, the price we must pay for being sentient and self-conscious organisms, aspirants to liberation, but subject to the laws of nature and under orders to keep on marching, through irreversible time, through a world wholly indifferent to our well-being, toward decrepitude and the certainty of death. The remaining two thirds of all sorrow is homemade and, so far as the universe is concerned, unnecessary.”
Aldous Huxley, Island
“The trouble with fiction," said John Rivers, "is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense.”
Aldous Huxley, The Genius And The Goddess
“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.”
Aldous Huxley, La volgarità in letteratura
“Human beings act in a great variety of irrational ways, but all of them seem to be capable, if given a fair chance, of making a reasonable choice in the light of available evidence. Democratic institutions can be made to work only if all concerned do their best to impart knowledge and to encourage rationality. But today, in the world's most powerful democracy, the politicians and the propagandists prefer to make nonsense of democratic procedures by appealing almost exclusively to the ignorance and irrationality of the electors.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
“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, Brave New World
“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.”
Aldous Huxley
“When people are suspicious with you, you start being suspicious with them.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“Give us this day our daily Faith, but deliver us, dear God, from Belief.

Faith is something very different from belief. Belief is the systematic taking of unanalyzed words much too seriously. Paul's words, Mohammed's words, Marx's words, Hitler's words---people take them too seriously, and what happens? What happens is the senseless ambivalence of history---sadism versus duty, or (incomparably worse) sadism as duty; devotion counterbalanced by organized paranoia; sisters of charity selflessly tending the victims of their own church's inquisitors and crusaders. Faith, on the contrary, can never be taken too seriously. For Faith is the empirically justified confidence in our capacity to know who in fact we are, to forget the belief-intoxicated Manichee in Good Being.”
Aldous Huxley, Island
“Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.”
Aldous Huxley
“So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly rise and make them miserable.”
Aldous Huxley, Ends and Means
“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.”
Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy
“Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations.”
Aldous Huxley, Themes And Variations
“For 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 religious or political idols”
Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 1, 1920-25
“What’s the point of truth or beauty or knowledge when anthrax bombs are popping all around you?”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“We live together, we act on, and react to one another; but always, and in all circumstances, we are by ourselves. ”
Aldous Huxley
“Never put off till tomorrow the fun you can have today.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“I was born wandering between two worlds, one dead, the other powerless to be born, and have made, in a curious way, the worst of both.”
Aldous Huxley
“The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non-intellectuals have never stirred.”
Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell
“It is possible to argue that the really influential book is not that which converts ten millions of casual readers, but rather that which converts the very few who, at any given moment, succeed in seizing power. Marx and Sorel have been influential in the modern world, not so much because they were best-sellers (Sorel in particular was not at all a widely read author), but because among their few readers were two men, called respectively Lenin and Mussolini.”
Aldous Huxley
“Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.”
Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 3, 1930-35
“An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling falsehood.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
tags: lie, truth
“It isn’t only art that is incompatible with happiness, it’s also science. Science is dangerous, we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“In a properly organized society like ours, nobody has any opportunities for being noble or heroic. Conditions have got to be thoroughly unstable before the occasion can arise. When there are wars, where there are divided allegiances, where there are temptations to be resisted, objects of love to be fought for or defended - there, obviously, nobility and heroism have some sense. But there aren't any wars nowadays. The greatest care is taken to prevent you from loving anyone too much. There's no such thing as a divided allegiance; you're so conditioned that you can't help doing what you ought to do. And what you ought to do is on the whole so pleasant, so many of the natural impulses are allowed free play, that there really aren't any temptations to resist. And if ever, by some unlucky chance, anything unpleasant should somehow happen, why, there's always soma to give you a holiday from the facts. And there's always soma to calm your anger, to reconcile you to your enemies, to make you patient and long-suffering. In the past you could only accomplish these things by making a great effort and after years of hard moral training. now, you swallow two or three half-gramme tablets, and there you are. Anybody can be virtuous now. You can carry at least half your mortality about in a bottle. Christianity without tears - that's what soma is.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“Those who meant well behaved in the same way as those who meant badly.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

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