Quotations From ALDOUS HUXLEY

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  • 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).

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  • 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.
  • A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumour.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Variations on a Baroque Tomb," Themes and Variations (1950).

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  • De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Ends and Means, ch. 14 (1937).

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  • Man is an intelligence, not served by, but in servitude to his organs.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Variations on a Philosopher," Themes and Variations (1950).
  • What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes—ah, they have all the necessary leisure.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. repr. In Music at Night and Other Essays (1949). "Vulgarity in Literature," (1930).

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  • 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).
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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