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).

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  • The condition of being forgiven is self-abandonment. The proud man prefers self-reproach, however painful—because 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 master—particularly 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.

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  • 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 life—it'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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