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).
''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 realismit'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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My close-walled soul has never known
That innermost darkness, dazzling sight,
Like the blind point, whence the visions spring
In the core of the gazer's chrysolite…
The mystic darkness that laps God's throne
In a splendour beyond imagining,
So passing bright.
But the many twisted darknesses
That range the city to and fro,
In aimless subtlety pass and part
And ebb and glutinously flow;
Darkness of lust and avarice,
Of the crippled body and the crooked heart…
These darknesses I know.
Books And Thoughts
Old ghosts that death forgot to ferry
Across the Lethe of the years -
These are my friends, and at their tears
I weep and with their mirth am merry.
On a high tower, whose battlements
Give me all heaven at a glance,
I lie long summer nights in trance,
Drowsed by the murmurs and the scents
That rise from earth, while the sky above me