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Quotations by author » Aldous Huxley
English Novelist and Critic, 1894-1963
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A bad book is as much labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul
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A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it come as sincerely from the author's soul
Books
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
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A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
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A competent portraitist knows how to imply the profile in the full face.
Competence
A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
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A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.
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A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it.
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A life-worshipper's philosophy is comprehensive. He is at one moment a positivist and at another a mystic: now haunted by the thought of death and now a Dionysian child of nature; now a pessimist and now, with a change of lover or liver or even the weather, an exuberant believer that God's in his heaven and all's right with the world.
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A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.
Optimism
A man may have strong humanitarian and democratic principles, but if he happens to have been brought up as a bath-taking, shirt-changing lover of fresh air, he will have to overcome certain physical repugnances before he can bring himself to put thes
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A million million spermatozoa, / All of them alive: / Out of their cataclysm but one poor Noah / Dare hope to survive. / And among that billion minus one / Might have chanced to be / Shakespeare, another Newton, a new Donne -/ But the One was Me.
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Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic; it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process.
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After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Silence
All democracies are based on the proposition that power is very dangerous and that it is extremely important not to let any one person or small group have too much power for too long a time
Democracy
All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
GodReligion
An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
Sex
An intellectual is a person who's found one thing that's more interesting than sex.
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An intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting to think about than sex
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An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.
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