Quotations From ALDOUS HUXLEY
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Oh, how desperately bored, in spite of their grim determination to have a Good Time, the majority of pleasure-seekers really are!Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Holy Face," Do What You Will (1929).
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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.Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Maurice Spandrell, in Point Counter Point, ch. 12 (1928).
The condition of being forgiven is self-abandonment. The proud man prefers self-reproach, however painfulbecause the reproached self isn't abandoned; it remains intact.Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Bruno Rontini's notes, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 30 (1944).
That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "The Idea of Equality," Proper Studies (1927).
There are few who would not rather be taken in adultery than in provincialism.Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Mr. Boldero, in Antic Hay, ch. 10 (1923).
Happiness is a hard masterparticularly other people's happiness.Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mustapha Mond, in Brave New World, ch. 16 (1932). Mustapha Mond makes this comment in reference to his chosen assignment as a World Controller in Huxley's imagined nightmare utopia. He is responsible for maintaining social stability by rendering everyone happy.
The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the nonintellectuals have never stirred.Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Philip Quarles, in Point Counter Point, ch. 6 (1928). This passage comes from the notebook of Philip Quarles, the principal character in the narrative. As a writer committed to the novel of ideas, Quarles is in large part Huxley's self- portrait. Here Quarles expresses one of Huxley's principal themes: the limitations of intellectual life.
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Facts are ventriloquists' dummies. Sitting on a wise man's knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk nonsense, or indulge in sheer diabolism.Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Bruno Rontini's notes, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 1 (1944).
So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly rise and make them miserable.Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Ends and Means, ch. 8 (1937).
Indifference to all the refinements of lifeit's really shocking. Just Calvinism, that's all. Calvinism without the excuse of Calvin's theology.Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Eustace Barnack, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 12 (1944). This is Eustace Barnack's critique of his social activist brother and reflects Huxley's disenchantment with the puritanism of social reformers.
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