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That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
If we evolved a race of Isaac Newtons, that would not be progress. For the price Newton had to pay for being a supreme intellect was that he was incapable of friendship, love, fatherhood, and many other desirable things. As a man he was a failure; as a monster he was superb.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Thanks to words, we have been able to rise above the brutes; and thanks to words, we have often sunk to the level of the demons.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all the virtues are of no avail.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
The investigation of nature is an infinite pasture-ground where all may graze, and where the more bite, the longer the grass grows, the sweeter is its flavor, and the more it nourishes.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Reality, however utopian, is something from which people feel the need of taking pretty frequent holidays.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Beauty for some provides escape, Who gain a happiness in eyeing The gorgeous buttocks of the ape Or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don't know because we don't want to know.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
The smallest fact is a window through which the infinite may be seen.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
It is far easier to write ten passable effective sonnets, good enough to take in the not too inquiring critic, than one effective advertisement that will take in a few thousand of the uncritical buying public.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Habit converts luxurious enjoyments into dull and daily necessities.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Blood of the world, time staunchless flows; The wound is mortal and is mine.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
A bad book is as much labour to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Real progress is progress in charity, all other advances being secondary thereto.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
At any given moment, life is completely senseless. But viewed over a period, it seems to reveal itself as an organism existing in time, having a purpose, trending in a certain direction.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of church going.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
So long as men worship dictators, Caesars and Napoleons will arise to make them miserable.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Where beauty is worshipped for beauty's sake as a goddess, independent of and superior to morality and philosophy, the most horrible putrefaction is apt to set in. The lives of the aesthetes are the far from edifying commentary on the religion of beauty.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
I admit that mathematical science is a good thing. But excessive devotion to it is a bad thing.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Seated upon the convex mound Of one vast kidney, Jonah prays And sings his canticles and hymns, Making the hollow vault resound God's goodness and mysterious ways, Till the great fish spouts music as he swims.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Work is prayer. Work is also stink. Therefore stink is prayer.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
The thing that impresses me most about this country is its hopefulness. It is this which distinguishes it from Europe, where there is hopeless depression and fear.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that is your own self.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
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.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Nonsense is an assertion of man's spiritual freedom in spite of all the oppressions of circumstance.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley
Every ceiling, when reached, becomes a floor, upon which one walks as a matter of course and prescriptive right.
—  Aldous Leonard Huxley

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