Aldous Huxley

(1894-1963 / Godalming)

Aldous Huxley Quotes

  • ''Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Holy Face," Do What You Will (1929).
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  • ''Isn't it remarkable how everyone who knew Lawrence has felt compelled to write about him? Why, he's had more books written about him than any writer since Byron!''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
  • ''Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Jesting Pilate, pt. 4 (1926).
  • ''Cynical realism—it's the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. John Barnack, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 5 (1944). John Barnack's jibe at his hedonist brother Eustace for not taking sufficient interest in contemporary political movements.
  • ''Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one's never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mark Rampion, in Point Counter Point, ch. 16 (1928). Mark Rampion, who speaks these words of exasperation, is modeled on D.H. Lawrence.
  • ''If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mark Staithes, in Eyeless in Gaza, ch. 46 (1936). This observation is meant to deflate literary pretensions to telling the whole truth about human life.
  • ''People will insist on treating the mons Veneris as though it were Mount Everest. Too silly!''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Mary Amberly, in Eyeless in Gaza, ch. 30 (1936).
  • ''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).
  • ''What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. "Meditation on El Greco," Music at Night (1931).
  • ''I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Miss Thriplow, in Those Barren Leaves, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1925).

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Best Poem of Aldous Huxley

My Firm Belief Is, That Pizarro

My firm belief is, that Pizarro
Received education at Harrow -
This alone would suffice,
To account for his vice,
And his views superstitiously narrow.

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I had been sitting alone with books,
Till doubt was a black disease,
When I heard the cheerful shout of rooks
In the bare, prophetic trees.

Bare trees, prophetic of new birth,
You lift your branches clean and free
To be a beacon to the earth,
A flame of wrath for all to see.

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