Aldous Huxley

(1894-1963 / Godalming)

Aldous Huxley Quotes

  • ''A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. repr. In Music at Night and Other Essays (1949). "Vulgarity in Literature," (1930).
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  • ''Indifference to all the refinements of life—it's really shocking. Just Calvinism, that's all. Calvinism without the excuse of Calvin's theology.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Eustace Barnack, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 12 (1944). This is Eustace Barnack's critique of his social activist brother and reflects Huxley's disenchantment with the puritanism of social reformers.
  • ''Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Walter Bidlake, in Point Counter Point, ch. 1 (1928).
  • ''The philosophy of action for action, power for the sake of power, had become an established orthodoxy. "Thou has conquered, O go-getting Babbitt."''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Eustace Barnack, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 12 (1944). In this passage the narrator reports Eustace Barnack's thoughts and concludes with his reworking of Algernon Charles Swinburne's poem "An Interlude," "Thou hast conquered, O pale Galilean" substituting Sinclair Lewis's character who represents the ideology of small- town capitalism.
  • ''Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Wanted, a New Pleasure," Music at Night and Other Essays (1949).
  • ''Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Eustace Barnack, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 12 (1944). Eustace Barnack extends this time-worn aphorism to express his contempt for puritanical reformers who have traditionally used violence to install their moral and religious visions.
  • ''The philosophy of action for action, power for the sake of power, had become an established orthodoxy. "Thou has conquered, O go-getting Babbitt."''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Eustace Barnack, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 12 (1944). In this passage the narrator reports Eustace Barnack's thoughts and concludes with his reworking of Algernon Charles Swinburne's poem "An Interlude," "Thou hast conquered, O pale Galilean" substituting Sinclair Lewis's character who represents the ideology of small- town capitalism.
  • ''An ideal is merely the projection, on an enormously enlarged scale, of some aspect of personality.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. William Propter, in After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, pt. I, ch. 9 (1939).
  • ''Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Eustace Barnack, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 8 (1944). Eustace Barnack's sarcasm at the expense of an American ideologue reflects Huxley's distrust of political activism.

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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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September

Spring is past and over these many days,
Spring and summer. The leaves of September droop,
Yellowing afid all but dead on the patient trees.
Nor is there any hope in me. I walk
Slowly homeward. Night is as empty and dark
Behind my eyes as it is dark without
And empty round about me and over me.
Spring is past and over these many days;
But, looking up, suddenly I see

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