Aldous Huxley was a brilliant man and a notable scholars and his quotes prove it as they are as clever today as then were when he originally said them. Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer, novelist, philosopher, and prominent member of the Huxley family. He graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, with a first in English literature. He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London; for non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug; and a wide-ranging output of essays. Early in his career Huxley edited the magazine Oxford Poetry and published short stories and poetry. Mid-career and later, he published travel writing, film stories, and scripts. He spent the later part of his life in the U.S., living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death. In 1962, a year before his death, he was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature.
Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, and satirist. He later became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, in particular, universalism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in seven different years.
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.
An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.