Aldous Huxley

1894 - 1963

A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley

I want God, I want poetry, I want danger, I want freedom, I want goodness, I want sin.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on symbols and mythology

Man is an amphibian who lives simultaneously in two worlds -- the given and the home-made, the world of matter, life and consciousness and the world of symbols. In our thinking we make use of a great variety of symbols-systems -- linguistic, mathematical, pictorial, musical, ritualistic. Without such symbol-systems we should have no art, no science, no law, no philosophy, not so much as the rudiments of civilization: in other words, we should be animals... But symbols -- as the history of our own and every other age makes so abundantly clear -- can also be fatal... Consider, for example, the domain of science on the one hand, and the domain of politics and religion on the other. Thinking in terms of, and acting in response to, one set of symbols [science], we have come, in some small measure, to understand and control the elementary forces of nature. Thinking in terms of, and acting in response to another set of symbols [politics and religion], we use these forces as instruments of mass murder and collective suicide. In the first case [science] the explanatory symbols were well chosen, carefully analyzed and progressively adapted to the emergent facts of physical existence. In the second case [politics and religion] symbols originally ill-chosen were never subjugated to thorough-going analysis and never re-formulated so as to harmonize with the emergent facts of human existence. Worse still, these misleading symbols [politics and religion] were everywhere treated with a wholly unwarranted respect, as though, in some mysterious way, they were more real than the realities [if any] to which they [supposedly] referred.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: 'The First and Last Freedom' by Jiddu Krishnamurti

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on pain, love, and perception

Most men and women lead lives at the worst so painful, at best so monotonous, poor and limited that the urge to escape, the longing to transcend themselves if only for a few moments, is and has always been one of the principal appetites of the soul

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell (Perennial Classics)

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on life

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Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on writing, hurt, upset, good writing, and anger and writing

"I know quite well that one needs ridiculous, mad situations like that; one can't write really well about anything else. WHy was that old fellow such a marvellous propaganda technician? Becuase he had so many insane, excruciating things to get excited about. You've got to be hurt and upset; otherwise you can't htink of the really good, penetrating, X-rayish phrases."

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Brave New World, Pages: 185

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on high art, sacrifice, stability, and happiness

"But that's the price we have to pay for stability. You've got to choose between happiness and what people used to call high art. We've sacrificed the high art. We have the feelies and the scent organ instead."

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Brave New World, Pages: 220

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on classism, class consciousness, and conditioning

"An Alpha-decanted, Alpha-conditioned man would go mad if he had to do Epsilon Semi-moron work-- go mad or start smashing things up. Alphas can be completely socialized-- but only on condition that you make them do Alpha work. Only an Epsilon can be expected to make Epsilon sacrifices, fo rth egood reason that for him they aren't sacrifices; they're the line of least resistance. His conditioning has laid down rails along which he's got to run. He can't help himself; he's foredoomed. Even after decanting he's still inside a bottle-- an invisible bottle of infantile and embryonic fixations. Each one of us, of course," the Controller meditatively continued, goes through life inside a bottle. But if we happen to be Alphas, our bottles are, relatively speaking, enormous. We should suffer acutely if we were confined to a narrower space."

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Brave New World, Pages: 223

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on unorthodoxy, individualism, murder, the individual, individual versus society, and the threat of unorthodox behavior

"Consider the matter dispassionately, Mr. Foster, and you will see that no offence is so heinous as unorthodoxy of behaviour. Murder kills only the individual-- and after all, wha is an individual? ". . . ." We can make a new one with the greatest of ease-- as many as we like. Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself."

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Brave New World, Pages: 148

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on conditioning, the secret of happiness, and happiness

"And that," put in the Director sententiously, "that is the secret of happiness and virtue-- liking what you've got to do. All condtioning aims at that: making people like their unescapable social destiny."

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Brave New World, Pages: 16

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A Quote by Aldous Leonard Huxley on prison industrial complex, nature, love of nature, and inner city

Primroses and landscapes, he pointed out, have one grave defect: they are gratuitous. A love of nature keeps no factories busy. It was decided to abolish the love of nature, at any rate among the lower classes. . . . it was essential that they should keep on going to the country, even though they hated it.

Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)

Source: Brave New World, Pages: 23

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