Quotations From ALDOUS HUXLEY


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  • A bad book is as much of a labour to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Point Counter Point, ch. 13 (1928).
  • A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Pascal," sct. 23, Do What You Will (1929).

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  • Morality is always the product of terror; its chains and strait-waistcoats are fashioned by those who dare not trust others, because they dare not trust themselves, to walk in liberty.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Pascal," sct. 23, "Summary of the Life-Worshipper's Creed," Do What You Will (1929).

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  • Single-mindedness is all very well in cows or baboons; in an animal claiming to belong to the same species as Shakespeare it is simply disgraceful.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Pascal," sct. 24, Do What You Will (1929).

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  • All urbanization, pushed beyond a certain point, automatically becomes suburbanization.... Every great city is just a collection of suburbs. Its inhabitants ... do not live in their city; they merely inhabit it.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Oaxaca," Beyond the Mexique Bay (1934).

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  • A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Oaxaca," Beyond the Mexique Bay (1934).

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  • Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Puerto Barrios," Beyond the Mexique Bay (1934).
  • It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Letter, July 10, 1962. Quoted in Aldous Huxley: The Critical Heritage, ed. Donald Watt (1975). Huxley believed this to be the explanation for why his novel Island—published that year and greatly criticized—was "so inadequate."
  • Civilization means food and literature all round. Beefsteaks and fiction magazines for all. First-class proteins for the body, fourth-class love-stories for the spirit.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Anthony Beavis, in Eyeless in Gaza, ch. 20 (1936).

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  • Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Quoted in New York Herald Tribune (November 25, 1963).

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