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ALDOUS HUXLEY
The spiritual journey does not consist of arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the d...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the of...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profoun...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
The business of a seer is to see; and if he involves himself in the kind of God-eclipsing activities...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in whic...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions, it is walled and roofed with them
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Facts don't cease to exist because they are ignored.
ALDOUS HUXLEY
That all men are equal is a proposition which at ordinary times no sane individual has ever given hi...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Forgetting that several excuses are always less convincing than one.
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Death … It’s the only thing we haven’t succeeded in completely vulgarizing.
ALDOUS HUXLEY
The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in t...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
To us, the moment 8:17 A.M. means something - something very important, if it happens to be the star...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
A country which proposes to make use of modern war as an instrument of policy must possess a highly ...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Single-mindedness is all very well in cows or baboons; in an animal claiming to belong to the same ...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own se...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much ...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situati...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and fur...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes, and thanks to words, we have sunk to th...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
ALDOUS HUXLEY
But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want good...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
The most distressing thing that can happen to a prophet is to be proved wrong. The next most distres...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find a...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Henry's universe was modeled on the highball. It was a mixture in which half a pint of the fizziest ...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Every one belongs to every one else.
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Dünyayı değiştirmek istedim, anladım ki kesin olarak değiştirebileceğiniz tek şey bizzat ke...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
Mother, monogamy, romance. High spurts the fountain; fierce and foamy the wild jet. The urge has but...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
That's the price we have to pay for stability. You've got to choose between happiness and what peopl...
HUXLEY, ALDOUS
This concern with the basic condition of freedom -- the absence of physical constraint -- is unquest...
ALDOUS HUXLEY
You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. ....
ALDOUS HUXLEY
You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.
ALDOUS HUXLEY
The quality of moral behavior varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.
ALDOUS HUXLEY
The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy...
ALDOUS HUXLEY