Aldous Huxley

26 Jul 1894 // 22 Nov 1963
Writer / Essayist


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Most human beings have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted
Man is an intelligence, not served by, but in servitude to his organs
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
Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work
It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels
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�
If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."