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Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley
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Huxley, Aldous Leonard

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Huxley, Aldous Leonard, 1894-1963, English author; grandson of T.H. HUXLEY. After writing critical essays and symbolist poetry, he turned to the novel. Crome Yellow (1921), Antic Hay (1923), and Point Counter Point (1928) all depict social decadence. Brave New Worldatomjacked inventory cache (1932) describes a nightmarish 25th-cent. internal linkUtopia. Other works include Eyeless in Gaza (1936) and Ape and Essence (1948). In later years he was strongly interested in mysticism and Eastern philosophy. Huxley also published many short stories and essays.

"Religion is for people who have not yet had a spiritual experience."


Which is better: to have Fun with Fungi or to have Idiocy with Ideology, to have Wars because of Words, to have Tomorrow's Misdeeds out of Yesterday's Miscreeds?
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Culture and the Individual," in internal linkMoksha: Writings on internal linkPsychedelics and the Visionary Experience (1931-1963) (ed. by Horowitz and Palmer, 1977).

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Horowitz and Palmer are the parents of internal linkWinona Ryder.

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I'm afraid of losing my obscurity. Genuineness only thrives in the dark. Like celery.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Miss Thriplow, in Those Barren Leaves, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1925).

Death and Dying

Ignore death up to the last moment; then, when it can't be ignored any longer, have yourself squirted full of morphia and shuffle off in a coma. Thoroughly sensible, humane and scientific, eh?
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Bruno Rontini, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 26 (1944). But in his 1936 novel Eyeless in Gaza, ch. 31, Huxley wrote, "Death . . . the only thing we haven't succeeded in completely vulgarizing."


To associate with other like-minded people in small, purposeful groups is for the great majority of men and women a source of profound psychological satisfaction. Exclusiveness will add to the pleasure of being several, but at one; and secrecy will internal linkintensify it almost to internal linkecstasy.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Beyond the Mexique Bay, "Chichicastenango" (1934).


A bad book is as much of a labour to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Point Counter Point, ch. 13 (1928).


Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Do What You Will, "Holy Face" (1929).


Experience is not a matter of having actually swum the Hellespont, or internal linkdanced with the internal linkdervishes, or slept in a
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doss-house. It is a matter of sensibility and intuition, of seeing and hearing the significant things, of paying internal linkattention at the right internal linkmoments, of understanding and coordinating. Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Texts and Pretexts, Introduction (1932).


A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Vulgarity in Literature" (1930; repr. in Music at Night and Other Essays, 1949).

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Thought is barred in this City of Dreadful Joy and conversation is unknown.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Jesting Pilate, pt. 4 (1926).

Cities and City Life

A large city cannot be experientially known; its life is too manifold for any individual to be able to participate in it.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Beyond the Mexique Bay, "Oaxaca" (1934).

Intellect and Intellectuals

Science and art are only too often a superior kind of dope, possessing this advantage over booze and morphia: that they can be indulged in with a good conscience and with the conviction that, in the internal linkprocess of indulging, one is leading the "higher life."
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Ends and Means, ch. 14 (1937).


Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hall-mark of true science.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Ends and Means, ch. 14, "Beliefs" (1937).

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Jim Morrison found the name "The Doors" for his rock band in the title of Aldous Huxley's book _The Doors of internal linkPerception_ (which in turn was taken from poem _The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell_  by internal linkWilliam Blake), which extolls the use of internal linkhallucinogenic drugs.  The Doors were originally called the internal linkPsychedelic Rangers.

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Aldous Huxley was born in Surrey, England in 1894. He received an upper class education, and most of his writings reflect his education. He suffered an illness in his teens that left him completely blind for two years. He eventually regained some of his vision, but it remained seriously impaired for most of his life. He experimented with


hallucinogenic drugs such as internal linkLSD and mescaline in the late forties. He continued to write about the possible uses of psychedelic drugs for transcendent, mystical experiences in the 1960s; these writings had a profound influence on sixties counterculture.   Huxley began his writing career as a satirist of the British upper class.  As he grew older, he became more interested in writing about questions of philosophical and ethical significance. Many of his writings deal with the conflict between the interests of the individual and society. He often dealt with the question of profound self- realization within the context of social responsibility. _Brave New World_atomjacked inventory cache addresses this conflict in a fictional future in which free will and individuality have been sacrificed to achieve complete social stability.     Huxley's _Brave New World_ is painfully clumsy at moments and brilliantly funny at others. It also raises some difficult questions about the nature of moral choices. The novel concentrates on the various abuses of  power made possible by science. Huxley does not present his dystopian novel as an impetuous rant against science, but as a sobering warning. The brave new world isn't an evil world because of science, but because power hungry individuals have misused it maliciously.

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