Aldous Huxley

(1894-1963 / Godalming)

Aldous Huxley Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mr. Scogan, Crome Yellow, ch. 22 (1922).
  • ''After all, what is reading but a vice, like drink or venery or any other form of excessive self-indulgence? One reads to tickle and amuse one's mind; one reads, above all, to prevent oneself thinking.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mr. Scogan, in Crome Yellow, ch. 14 (1922).
  • ''Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mr. Scogan, in Crome Yellow, ch. 15 (1922).
  • ''Most of one's life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Mr. Topes, in "Green Tunnels," Mortal Coils (1922).
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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Best Poem of Aldous Huxley

Darkness

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.

Read the full of Darkness

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

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