Zitat des Tages von 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.
Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science.
That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
Every man's memory is his private literature.
A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt.
Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
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.
Dream in a pragmatic way.
There isn't any formula or method. You learn to love by loving - by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.
Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
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.
The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar... Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.
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.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
It is 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.'
Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.
Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Chastity - the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions.
The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
Those who believe that they are exclusively in the right are generally those who achieve something.
Experience teaches only the teachable.
Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work.
The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
The most distressing thing that can happen to a prophet is to be proved wrong. The next most distressing thing is to be proved right.
Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.
All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.