25 Aldous Huxley Quotes - Nothing you fear will harm you.
Aldous Huxley, author, and screenwriter .
Huxley was one of the world's first psychonauts: an early experimenter with LSD and other hallucinogenic drugs during the early 1950s..
1. “After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
Music is a total brain workout. Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.
Music also has been shown to enhance intelligence, improve mental focus, boost the immune system, strengthen self-esteem, and increase confidence.
Music expresses the ineffable.
2. “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.”
Why would knowing the truth make me mad? Because I choose to believe in untruths and lies instead.
I'm mad (mentally ill; insane) because I've denied my birthright. I've chosen the ego over love itself.
3. “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”
It may be. It sure seems that way at times.
4. "Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you."
I get to define what the experiences mean to me.
I'm always at liberty to choose what I think and how I feel about you.
I'm not a victim of the world I see.
5. Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
My opinions have no contribution to what's TRUE.
6. "To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries"
If we're brutally honest with ourselves we'd have to admit that most of what we believe to be true, isn't.
7. "Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder."
We have Justus (Just Us) von Liebig, a German chemist to thank for fashioning the mirror more than 200 years ago. I'm certain he would be shocked at what it has evolved into in the 21st century.
Before the mirror was invented, we had glimpsed our own reflections in water, or in polished metals, but never really seen ourselves.
Narcissists enjoy looking at themselves in the mirror. They spend so much time grooming themselves to bolster their false sense of self.
Most of the time we look into a mirror we have feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, and unworthiness. We not only harshly judge ourselves but also feel judged by the world at large.
The more you look in a mirror, the less you look around. When you're obsessed with constantly checking your reflection, all of your time and energy ends up being focused on maintaining a certain image.
We worry about trivial things such as whether your tie is on straight, or whether on not your lipstick has worn off.
Gazing into a mirror makes it possible to face your emotions and the reactions that accompany them. It also can help you learn to counter self-judgment with appreciation, compassion, and love. Is this what you use your mirror for?
We gaze at ourselves in the mirror and subsequently fall in love with an image. We claim that what's being reflected back is us. But if that's us in the mirror who is the watcher?
There's more to you than the way you look.
Here's a way to solve the world's problems overnight. Have them look in a mirror and see themselves in this way.
8. "Dream in a pragmatic way."
We can dream anything we want to dream. So why is it that we dream of fear, separation, and guilt?
And life is nothing but a dream.
9. "There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception."
All the world is but a perception. There are 7.753 billion little worlds and never two shall meet.
10. "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history."
If only we would learn from our history the lessons would be over.
11. "The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm."
Is your light dim?
Has your intense eagerness to love and be loved been lost somewhere along the way?
What god possesses your mind?
Do you take yourself and life so seriously that you've forgotten to laugh?
Remember, we must all learn to roll our inspiration forward into adulthood.
12. "There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
I'm going to work on my one corner. How about you?
To thine own self be true.
13. “If one's different, one's bound to be lonely.”
Outcast - a person who has been rejected by society or a social group.
The masses have always been wrong.
I'd better have thick skin because the world has no qualms about persecuting me.
My belief that I'm better than you is what makes me feel lonely.
My belief that I'm inferior to you is what makes me feel lonely.
14. “The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
Silence is golden.
Having another thought is the worst thing that can happen to me.
Silence needs nothing. Wants nothing. Judges nothing. Asks for nothing.
15. “An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.”
We hold sex to be sacred because we hold the body sacred too.
Do we have to sexualize everything? Surely we're smarter than that.
16. “One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”
From ages one to five, that's all the time we have to establish a good foundation unless we are willing to reprogram ourselves.
Show me the environment of a child from ages one to five and I will astound you with my predictions.
Our entire existence is a set of programs and conditioning, much of which we are totally oblivious to.
17. “It’s dark because you are trying too hard."
"Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.
Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.
Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them."
18. “Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.”
That which we pursue runs away from us.
When you look upon the world with loving eyes happiness shines down on you.
Thirsty (slang) - a graceless need for approval, affection, or attention, one so raw that it creeps people out.
19. “All right then," said the savage defiantly, I'm claiming the right to be unhappy."
"Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat, the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind."
There was a long silence.
"I claim them all," said the Savage at last.”
Where are you staking your claim? We have choices, you know.
It's not wise to argue for your limitations of unhappiness.
20. “Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”
I take my health for granted.
I take this platform for granted.
I take my ability to think whatever I want to think for granted.
I take my autonomic nervous system for granted.
I take God's grace for granted.
I take my existence in time and space for granted.
I take the ineffable for granted.
21. “I like being myself. Myself and nasty.”
Whenever I compare myself to another I'm always better. I'm never equal and of course, I'm never behind.
I'm attached to being a "self" no matter what that is and even if the self is nasty.
22. “Chronic remorse, as all the moralists have agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment."
If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can, and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”
Errors are made for correction, not punishment.
The past is useless unless it in some way helps you heal in the present moment.
23. “Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery."
"And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”
The obstacle is the way.
Lord, don't move the mountain
Give me the strength to climb
Lord, don't move my stumbling blocks
But lead me all around
24. “...most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.”
We are slaves to wrongdoing and erroneous thinking.
Despite never having success by holding onto grievances we still insist on doing so.
The only way out of suffering is to rebel against believing you could be hurt by anyone or anything in the world.
25. “Every man's memory is his private literature.”
No one knows about my memories but me.
Even if I speak to you about my memories it only appears as images in your mind.
My memories are grossly inaccurate and most times I totally forget that I'm lying to myself.