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Aldous Huxley Quotes

About Aldous Huxley

Life: 1894 - 1963

Country: gb flag England

Profession: Writer;

Aldous Leonard Huxley (July 26, 1894 - November 22, 1963) was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death in 1963. Best known for his novels and wide-ranging output of essays, he also published short stories, poetry, travel writing, and film stories and scripts. Through his novels and essays Huxley functioned as an examiner and sometimes critic of social mores, norms and ideals. Huxley was a humanist but was also interested towards the end of his life in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism. By the end of his life Huxley was considered, in some academic circles, a leader of modern thought and an intellectual of the highest rank.

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Quotations

At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.

~ Aldous Huxley

Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born - the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to the accumulated records of other people's experience, the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it bedevils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things.

~ Aldous Huxley

Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.

~ Aldous Huxley

Jy sien nooit diere wat deur die absurde en dikwels verskriklike dwaashede van die magiese en godsdiens gaan nie...Net die mens tree met sulke nodelose onnoselheid op. Dit is die prys wat hy moet betaal vir sy intelligensie, wat nog nie intelligent genoeg is nie.

~ Aldous Huxley

- Texts and Pretexts

Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.

~ Aldous Huxley

Maybe this world is another planet's Hell.

~ Aldous Huxley

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that History has to teach.

~ Aldous Huxley

Most human beings have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted.

~ Aldous Huxley

If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners - let us thank heaven for hypocrisy.

~ Aldous Huxley

Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.

~ Aldous Huxley
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