Quotes by Aldous Huxley

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

“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, Collected Essays

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

“But they have no neighbors in the sense that the poor have neighbors… When you live on less than 4 pounds a week you’ve damned well got to behave like a Christian and love your neighbor. To begin with you can’t get away from him, he’s practically in your backyard. There can be no refined and philosophical ignoring of his existence. You must either hate or love; and on the whole you’d better make a shift to love, because you may need his help in emergencies and he may need yours- So urgently, very often that there can be no question of refusing to give it.” — Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point

“If you believe in business as service and the sanctity of labour, you’ll merely turn yourself into a mechanical idiot for 24 hours out of the 24. Admit it’s dirty, hold your nose, and do it for 8 hours and then concentrate on being a real human being in your leisure. Not a newspaper reader, not a jazzer, not a radio fan. The industrialists who purvey standardized ready-made amusements to the masses are doing their best to make you as much of a mechanical imbecile in your leisure as in your hours of work. But don’t let them. Make the effort of being human.” — Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point



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