After a serious illness left him partially blind as a child, Aldous Huxley decided to pursue a literary career instead of becoming a scientist. In 1916, he graduated with honors from Oxford University’s Balliol College and published a collection of poems. Crome Yellow, his debut novel, was published five years later, and it brought him his first taste of success. He then published several more equally successful satirical novels before releasing his most famous work, Brave New World. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century, with a dark vision of the future. Huxley moved to the United States in 1937 and continued to write novels, nonfiction, screenplays, and essays for the rest of his life.
Aldous Huxley was born on July 26, 1894, in Godalming, England. His grandfather, the noted biologist and naturalist T. H. Huxley was an early proponent of Darwin’s theory of evolution. His father, Leonard, was a teacher and writer, and his mother, Julia, was a descendent of Matthew Arnold. Julian and Andrew Huxley both became biologists as adults, and Huxley envisioned a career in science as a child.
Huxley’s life would be turned upside down by tragedy while he was still a child. His mother died of cancer in 1908, and he was blinded by the disease keratitis punctata in 1911. Huxley regained some sight but remained half blind and had trouble reading. Huxley abandoned his plans to become a physicist at Eton to pursue writing. In 1914, Huxley suffered another setback when his brother Noel committed suicide after a long period of depression.
20 Quotes of Aldous Huxley
” The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”- Aldous Huxley
“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.”- Aldous Huxley
” Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. “- Aldous Huxley
” 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.’ “- Aldous Huxley
” 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. “- 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? “- Aldous Huxley
” A fanatic is a man who consciously over compensates a secret doubt. “- Aldous Huxley
” Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. “- Aldous Huxley
” Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know. “- Aldous Huxley
” Dream in a pragmatic way. “- Aldous Huxley
” Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead. “- Aldous Huxley
” Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting. “- Aldous Huxley
” Everyone who wants to do good to the human race always ends in universal bullying. “- Aldous Huxley
” Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs. “- Aldous Huxley
” 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. “- 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. “- Aldous Huxley
” Chastity – the most unnatural of all the sexual perversions. “- Aldous Huxley
” There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. “- Aldous Huxley
” Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness. “- Aldous Huxley
” Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work. “- Aldous Huxley