Aldous Huxley

1894 - 1963

A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley

It's rather embarrassing to have given one's entire life to pondering the human predicament and to find that in the end one has little more to say than, 'Try to be a little kinder.'

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on attention, love, and loving

There is no formula or method. you learn to love by loving--by paying attention and doing what one discovers must be done.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on people

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People intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: The Joy of Not Working: A Book for the Retired, Unemployed & Overworked

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A Quote by Aldous Huxley on awareness, people, reality, and words

Every individual is at once the beneficiary and the victim of the linguistic tradition into which he has been born - the beneficiary inasmuch as language gives access to the accumulated records of other people's experience, the victim in so far as it confirms him in the belief that reduced awareness is the only awareness and as it bedevils his sense of reality, so that he is all too apt to take his concepts for data, his words for actual things.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: The Doors of Perception

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley

Never give children a chance of imagining that anything exists in isolation. Make it plain from the very beginning that all living is relationship. Show them relationships in the woods, in the fields, in the ponds and streams, in the village and in the country around it. Rub it in.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Island (1962)

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on kindness

It's 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.'

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on music and express

Next to silence, that which expresses the inexpressible is music.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on god, society, civilization, choice, and discovery

Call it the fault of civilization.God isn't compatible with macinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilizaition has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness. That's why I have to keep these books locked up in the safe. They're smut. People would be shocked if...

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Brave New World, Pages: 234

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on ending of sorrow, self-conscious organisms laws of nature, and well-being

Me as I think I am and me as I am in fact--sorrow, in other wors, and the ending if sorrow. One third, more or less, of all the sorrow that the person I think I am must endure is unavoidable. It is the sorrow inherent in the human condition, the price we must pay for being sentient and self-conscious organisms, aspirants to liberation, but subject to the laws of nature and under orders to keep on marching, through irreversible time, through a world wholly indifferent to our well-being, toward decrepitude and the certainty of death. The reamaining two thirds of all sorrow is homemade and, so far as the universe is concerned, unneccessary.

Somewhere between brute silence and last Sunday's
Thirteen hundred thousand sermons;
Somewhere between
Calvin on Christ (God help us!) and the lizards;
Somewhere between seeing and speaking, somewhere
Between our soiled and greasy currency of words
And the first star, the great moths fluttering
About the ghosts of flowers, Lies the clear place where I, no longer I,
Nevertheless remember
Love's nightlong wisdom of the other shore;
And, listening to the wind, remember too
That other night, that first of widowhood,
Sleepless, with death beside me in the dark. Mine, mine, all mind, mine inescapably!
But I, no longer I,
In this clear place between my thought and silence
See all I had and lost, anguish and joys,
Glowing like gentians in the Alpine grass, Blue, unpossessed and open.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Island (Perennial Classics), Pages: 97..98

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on total acceptance, self-knowledge, ending of sorrow, blessed experience, buddha, god, christ, and i am

Nobody needs to go anywhere else. We are all, if we only knew it, already there. If I only know who in fact I am, I should cease to behave as what I think I am; and if I stopped behaving as what I think I am, I should know who I am.
What in fact I am, if only Manichee I think I am would allow me to know it, is the reconciliation of yes and no lived out in total acceptance and the blessed experience of Not-Two.
In religion all words are dirty words. Anybody who gets eloquent about Buddha, or God, or Christ, ought to have his mouth washed out with carbolic soup. Because his aspiration to perpetuate only the "yes" in every pair of opposites can never, in the nature of things, be realized, the insulated Manichee I think I am condemns himself to endlessly repeated frustration, endlessly repeated conflicts with other sspiring and frustrated Manichees.
Conflicts and frustrations--the theme of all history and almost all biography. "I show you sorrow," said the Buddha realistically. But he also showed the ending of sorrow--self-knowledge, total acceptance, the blessed experience of Not-Two

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Island (Perennial Classics), Pages: 40..41

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