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Quotes By Aldous Huxley

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DOB
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26-07-1894
DOD
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22-11-1963

Who hasn’t heard of ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley? It was indeed a revolutionary novel in its own right, portraying a dystopian society that seemed almost irreparable. Let’s unearth a few facts about this matchless writer that you might not have known until now.

  • In ‘Brave New World’, Huxley employs words that had never been used before. For example, this talented writer coined the word ‘sexophone’ (probably his own take on the saxophone) which referred to a musical instrument played with the objective of arousing sexual desires in a person. He also used words such as Dadaist (a creative man who hates the socio-political values of his time), bitchy, futurology, snooty and nymphomaniacal.
  • He wrote a novel, ‘Brave New World Revisited’ soon after, just to analyze the predictions he had made that had come true.
  • This novelist had several connections with other revered writers. For starters, Huxley was 19th century poet, Matthew Arnold’s great nephew.
  • He taught French to fellow novelist George Orwell and famous historian Steven Runciman. He probably influenced Orwell to follow in his footsteps and pen down dystopian novels.
  • Huxley was also close friends with ‘Sons and Lovers’ author, D. H. Lawrence, and was one of the only ten people to attend the latter’s funeral service.
  • Aldous breathed his last the very day (November 22, 1963) another literary great, C.S. Lewis passed away. Not just that, even John F. Kennedy was assassinated the same day, thus shrouding the unfortunate demise of both the revered novelists.
  • Huxley’s works were influenced by creations of other famous authors—‘Brave New World’ from Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, ‘Eyeless in Gaza’ from Milton’s ‘Samson Agonistes’ and ‘Antic Hay’ from Marlowe’s ‘Edward II’.
  • He inspired other great artists, including the rock band, ‘The Doors’, who took their nomenclature from Huxley’s novel, ‘The Doors of Perception’.

Several excuses are always less convincing than one.

- Aldous Huxley

Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.

- Aldous Huxley

Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.

- Aldous Huxley

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

- Aldous Huxley

Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history.

- Aldous Huxley

It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.

- Aldous Huxley

My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby, to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger.

- Aldous Huxley

One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.

- Aldous Huxley

Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work.

- Aldous Huxley

Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.

- Aldous Huxley

Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.

- Aldous Huxley

Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.

- Aldous Huxley

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.

- Ends and Means , Aldous Huxley

A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.

- Aldous Huxley

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

- Music at Night and Other Essays , Aldous Huxley

Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.

- Aldous Huxley

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.

- Aldous Huxley

Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.

- Proper Studies , Aldous Huxley

Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay.

- Aldous Huxley

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