Aldous Huxley

(1894-1963 / Godalming)

Aldous Huxley Quotes

  • ''Pure Spirit, one hundred degrees proof—that's a drink that only the most hardened contemplation-guzzlers indulge in. Bodhisattvas dilute their Nirvana with equal parts of love and work.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Susila, in Island, ch. 15 (1962).
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  • ''Henri IV's feet and armpits enjoyed an international reputation.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. The Devils of Loudun, ch. 10 (1952). Huxley was referring to the stories that circulated concerning the "physiological accidents" of the French royal court. "It was precisely because great men tried to seem more than human," he wrote, "that the rest of the world welcomed any reminder that, in part at least, they were still merely animal."
  • ''It was one of those evenings when men feel that truth, goodness and beauty are one. In the morning, when they commit their discovery to paper, when others read it written there, it looks wholly ridiculous.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Antic Hay, ch. 21 (1923).
  • ''But a priest's life is not supposed to be well-rounded; it is supposed to be one-pointed—a compass, not a weathercock.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. The Devils of Loudun, ch. 1 (1952).
  • ''The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "The Essence of Religion: Solitaries and Sociables," Proper Studies (1927).
  • ''Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hall-mark of true science.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Beliefs," ch. 14, Ends and Means (1937).
  • ''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. Beyond the Mexique Bay, "Puerto Barrios," (1934).
  • ''If Men and Women took their Pleasures as noisily as the Cats, what Londoner could ever hope to sleep of nights?''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. The Fifth Earl of Gonister, in After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, pt. II, ch. 4 (1939). This witticism is found in the diaries of the Fifth Earl of Gonister, Huxley's invention of an eighteenth-century aristocrat of almost superhuman cynicism.
  • ''Ignore death up to the last moment; then, when it can't be ignored any longer, have yourself squirted full of morphia and shuffle off in a coma. Thoroughly sensible, humane and scientific, eh?''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Bruno Rontini, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 26 (1944). But in his 1936 novel Eyeless in Gaza, ch. 31, Huxley wrote, "Death ... the only thing we haven't succeeded in completely vulgarizing."
  • ''If only people would realize that moral principles are like measles.... They have to be caught. And only the people who've got them can pass on the contagion.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Bruno Rontini, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 10 (1944). Bruno Rontini is the novel's mystic and also its moral spokesperson.

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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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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

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