Aldous Huxley

(1894-1963 / Godalming)

Aldous Huxley Quotes

  • ''Dying is almost the least spiritual of our acts, more strictly carnal even than the act of love. There are Death Agonies that are like the strainings of the Costive at stool.''
    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 observation is found in the diaries of the Fifth Earl of Gonister, Huxley's invention of an eighteenth-century aristocrat of almost superhuman cynicism.
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  • ''Facts are ventriloquists' dummies. Sitting on a wise man's knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk nonsense, or indulge in sheer diabolism.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Bruno Rontini's notes, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 1 (1944).
  • ''The condition of being forgiven is self-abandonment. The proud man prefers self-reproach, however painful—because the reproached self isn't abandoned; it remains intact.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Bruno Rontini's notes, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 30 (1944).
  • ''That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "The Idea of Equality," Proper Studies (1927).
  • ''There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Carlo Malpighi quoting Bruno Rontini, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 7 (1944).
  • ''Perhaps it's good for one to suffer.... Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Casimir Lypiatt, in Antic Hay, ch. 6 (1923). Casimir Lypiatt is Huxley's portrait of a self-important and self-deluded artist, said to be modelled on the unsuccessful romantic painter, Benjamin Haydon.
  • ''The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love—almost as violent and much more mischievous.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Chichicastenango," Beyond the Mexique Bay (1934).
  • ''Which is better: to have Fun with Fungi or to have Idiocy with Ideology, to have Wars because of Words, to have Tomorrow's Misdeeds out of Yesterday's Miscreeds?''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Culture and the Individual," Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience (1931-1963), eds. Horowitz and Palmer (1977).
  • ''Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "The Religion of Sex" section in "The Substitutes for Religion," Proper Studies (1927).
  • ''I can sympathise with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Cynthia," Limbo (1920).

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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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Vision

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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