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Aldous Huxley

Monochrome portrait of Aldous Huxley sitting on a table, facing slightly downwards.
Huxley in 1954

Born

Aldous Leonard Huxley26 July 1894 Godalming, Surrey, England

Died

22 November 1963 Los Angeles County, California, U.S.

Resting place

Compton, Surrey, England

Occupation

  • Writer
  • philosopher

Education

Eton College

Alma mater

Balliol College, Oxford

Notable works

  • Brave New World
  • Island
  • Point Counter Point
  • The Doors of Perception
  • The Perennial Philosophy
  • The Devils of Loudun

Spouses

  • Maria Nys ( m.  1919; died  1955 )
  • Laura Archera ( m.  1956)

Children

Matthew Huxley

Signature

Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and philosopher. He authored nearly fifty books—both novels and non-fiction works—as well as wide-ranging essays, narratives, and poems.

Born into the prominent Huxley family, he graduated from Balliol College with an undergraduate degree in English literature. Early in his career, he published short stories and poetry and edited the literary magazine Oxford Poetry, before going on to publish travel writing, satire, and screenplays. He spent the latter part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the foremost intellectuals of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times and was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature in 1962.

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The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm. - Aldous Huxley

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm.

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The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different. - Aldous Huxley

The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.

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We are all geniuses up to the age of ten. - Aldous Huxley

We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.

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Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image. - Aldous Huxley

Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image.

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Perhaps it's good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life? - Aldous Huxley

Perhaps it's good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?

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The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly. - Aldous Huxley

The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.

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Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder. - Aldous Huxley

Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.

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It was one of those evenings when men feel that truth, goodness and beauty are one. In the morning, when they commit their discovery to paper, when others read it written there, it looks wholly ridiculous. - Aldous Huxley

It was one of those evenings when men feel that truth, goodness and beauty are one. In the morning, when they commit their discovery to paper, when others read it written there, it looks wholly ridiculous.

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Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation. - Aldous Huxley

Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.

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I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself. - Aldous Huxley

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.

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

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

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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. - Aldous Huxley

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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Dream in a pragmatic way. - Aldous Huxley

Dream in a pragmatic way.

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The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not. - Aldous Huxley

The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.

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Experience teaches only the teachable. - Aldous Huxley

Experience teaches only the teachable.

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

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

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