Aldous Huxley
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"Aldous Leonard Huxley" was an English writer, philosopher and a prominent member of the Huxley family.

He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London, and for non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug, and a wide-ranging output of essays. Early in his career Huxley edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories and poetry. Mid career and later, he published travel writing, film stories and scripts. He spent the later part of his life in the US, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death. In 1962, a year before his death, he was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature.

Huxley was a Humanism/humanist, Pacifism/pacifist, and Satire/satirist. Huxley later became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, in particular, Universalism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.

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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.

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

Experience teaches only the teachable.

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.

An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.

Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.

A country which proposes to make use of modern war as an instrument of policy must possess a highly centralized, all-powerful executive, hence the absurdity of talking about the defense of democracy by force of arms. A democracy which makes or effectively prepares for modern scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic.

When truth is nothing but the truth, its unnatural, it's an abstraction that resembles nothing in the real world. In nature there are always so many other irrelevant things mixed up with the essential truth.

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.

Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.

If you look up 'Intelligence' in the new volumes of the Encyclopeadia Britannica, you'll find it classified under the following three heads: Intelligence, Human; Intelligence, Animal; Intelligence, Military. My stepfather's a perfect specimen of Intelligence, Military.

If the Prince of Peace should come to earth, one of the first things he would do would be to put psychiatrists in their place.

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that is your own self. So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people. That comes afterwards, when you have worked on your own corner.

Death … It's the only thing we haven't succeeded in completely vulgarizing.

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.

The only completely consistent people are the dead.

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.

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.

Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.

Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity and tolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.

That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.

Words can be like X-rays, if you use them properly- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced.

Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.

To us, the moment 8:17 A.M. means something - something very important, if it happens to be the starting time of our daily train. To our ancestors, such an odd eccentric instant was without significance - did not even exist. In inventing the locomotive, Watt and Stevenson were part inventors of time.

Folly is often more cruel in the consequences than malice can be in the intent.

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.

The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.

Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both the holder and the beholder.

People are much too solemn about things - I'm all for sticking pins into episcopal behinds.

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.

All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.

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 religous or political ideas.

The silent bear no witness against themselves.

Things somehow seem more real and vivid when one can apply somebody else's ready-made phrase about them.

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.