Aldous Huxley

(1894-1963 / Godalming)

Aldous Huxley Quotes

  • ''Morality is always the product of terror; its chains and strait-waistcoats are fashioned by those who dare not trust others, because they dare not trust themselves, to walk in liberty.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Pascal," sct. 23, "Summary of the Life-Worshipper's Creed," Do What You Will (1929).
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  • ''A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Pascal," sct. 23, Do What You Will (1929).
  • ''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.
  • ''A bad book is as much of a labour to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Point Counter Point, ch. 13 (1928).
  • ''Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Puerto Barrios," Beyond the Mexique Bay (1934).
  • ''It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Letter, July 10, 1962. Quoted in Aldous Huxley: The Critical Heritage, ed. Donald Watt (1975). Huxley believed this to be the explanation for why his novel Island—published that year and greatly criticized—was "so inadequate."
  • ''Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Quoted in New York Herald Tribune (November 25, 1963).
  • ''Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "A Note on Dogma: Varieties of Human Type," Proper Studies (1927).
  • ''It had the taste of an apple peeled with a steel knife.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Sebastian Barnack, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 12 (1944). Assessing a Roederer 1916 champagne.
  • ''Civilization means food and literature all round. Beefsteaks and fiction magazines for all. First-class proteins for the body, fourth-class love-stories for the spirit.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Anthony Beavis, in Eyeless in Gaza, ch. 20 (1936).

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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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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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