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SummaryAldous Huxley was a famous Novelist from England, who lived between July 26, 1894 and November 22, 1963. He became 69 years old.
BiographyAldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer, who in retrospect, is best known for the dystopian future satire Brave New World (Brave New World) from 1932.
He moved to the U.S. in 1937, to escape the anticipated war in Europe, and lived in Los Angeles until his death in 1963. He wrote in most genres: novels, short stories, poems, travelogues, essays, prose and screenplay. In the interwar period, he wrote "cynical fable about how modern psychology and science had broken down traditional values and led to rootlessness and retningsløshet among the intellectuals." From the late 30th century, he writes of "large ethical seriousness and [affected] by his interest in mysticism and parapsychology. His later novels reflect a mystical experience of God. "
Huxley was engaged in several fields, both within the ethical, political and esoteric topics. In the 1950s he took part - in "his urge to blow up the boundaries of cognition" - in experiments with meskalinrus. Husxley believed that "mescaline would help him to experience the same as Blake and other artists and visionaries.". Huxley describes in his essay rusopplevelsen Recognizing ports (The Doors of Perception, 1954) that "helped to usher in an era of experimentation with drugs." The band The Doors got its name from Huxley's essay.
Zodiac etc.He is born under the zodiac leo, who is known for Ruling, Warmth, Generosity, Faithful, Initiative. Our collection contains 90 quotes who is written / told by Aldous, under the main topics: Happiness, Beauty, Dreams, Experience, Music.
Related authors: Thomas Huxley
Source / external links:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldous_Huxley
Famous quotes by Aldous Huxley (90)
"Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities"
"Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities"
"Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations"
"What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera"
"The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly"
"It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.'"
"My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing"
"Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength"
"People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are"
"There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God"
"The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love - almost as violent and much more mischievous"
"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs"
"Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness"
"The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude"
"The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different"
"My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby, to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger"
"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?"
"One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous"
"To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries"
"Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something"
"Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt"
"De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history"
"Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation"
"Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead"
"Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision"
"Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning"
"Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder"
"An intellectual is a person who's found one thing that's more interesting than sex"
"Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain"
"All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours"
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music"
"A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it"
"A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy"
"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"
"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 rumor"
"A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul"
"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"
"You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear"
"Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves"
"Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one's never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them"
"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"
"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self"
"There isn't any formula or method. You learn to love by loving - by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done"
"There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness"
"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self"
"There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail"
"There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception"
"The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency"
"The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen"
"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm"
"The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved"
"That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep"
"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history"
"That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent"
"Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards"
"Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science"
"Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers"
"So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable"
"Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know"
"Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted"
"Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history"
"Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors"
"Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay"
"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"
"God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness"
"From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn"
"Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you"
"Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying"
"Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting"
"Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image"