Aldous Huxley quotes

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Experience is not what happens to you it’s what you do with what happens to you.
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
Finding bad reasons for what one believes for other bad reasons – that’s philosophy.
Words form the thread on which we string our experiences.
We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found, and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
The older dictators fell because they could never supply their subjects with enough bread, enough circuses, enough miracles and mysteries. Nor did they posses a really effective system of mind-manipulation. Under a scientific dictator, education will rea
You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but now, as yet, intelligent enough.
Experience teaches only the teachable.
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.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process.
One of the great attractions of patriotism — it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
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.
Experience is not what happens to a man it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.
The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface.
Death  Its the only thing we havent succeeded in completely vulgarizing.
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have always been devided as fools and madmen.
Art is one of the means whereby man seeks to redeem a life which is experienced as chaotic, senseless, and largely evil.
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 subltly and feel nobly.
A man’s worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
When one’s ill or unhappy, one needs something outside oneself to hold one up. It is a good thing, I think, when one has been knocked out of one’s balance . to have some external job or duty to hang on to.
Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.
It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
Such prosperity as we have known up to the present is the consequence of rapidly spending the planet’s irreplaceable capital.
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.
Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of a great sculpture.
We participate in a tragedy at a comedy we only look.
Never put off till tomorrow the fun you can have today.
That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.
The author of the Iliad is either Homer or, if not Homer, somebody else of the same name.
An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.
At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness it is generally the by-product of other activities.
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Albert Schweitzer quotes

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.
To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others it’s the only thing.
Anyone who proposes to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly if they even roll a few more upon it.
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now–always.
It is not enough merely to exist. It’s not enough to say, ‘I’m earning enough to support my family. I do my work well. I’m a good father, husband, churchgoer.’ That’s all very well. But you must do something more. Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it’s a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For remember, you don’t live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too.
An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight… The truly wise person is color- blind.
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives
As we acquire more knowldege, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.
Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
The African is my brother-but he is my younger brother by several centuries.
A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.
You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it’s a little thing, do something for others – something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it.
Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
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Albert Camus quotes

Don’t walk behind me I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
Without freedom, no art art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others.
In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.
Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
The need to be right — the sign of a vulgar mind.
You know what charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
The absurd is born of the confrontation between the human call and the unreasonable silence of the world.
Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.
I love my country too much to be a nationalist.
It’s a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.
History, as an entirety, could only exist in the eyes of an observer outside it and outside the world. History only exists, in the final analysis, for God.
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant’s revolving door.
We always deceive ourselves twice about the people we love – first to their advantage, then to their disadvantage.
‘It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.
A person I knew use to divide human beings into three categories Those who prefer have nothing to hide rather than being obliged to lie, those who prefer lying to having nothing to hide, and finally those who like both lying and the hidden.
I know of only one duty, and that is to love.
Every revolutionary ends up either by becoming an oppressor or a heretic.
What then is capital punishment but the most premeditated of murders, to which no criminal’s deed, however calculated it may be, can be compared For there to be an equivalence, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal, who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him, and who from that moment onward had confined him at his mercy for months. Such a monster is not encountered in private life.
What is a rebel A man who says no.
To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.
Friendship often ends in love but love in friendship–never.
I sometimes think of what future historians will say of us. A single sentence will suffice for modern man he fornicated and read the papers.
The truth, as the light, makes blind.
An intellectual is a person whose mind watches itself.
I enjoyed my own nature to the fullest, and we all know that there lies happiness, although, to soothe one another mutually, we occasionally pretend to condemn such joys as selfishness.
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.
Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.
Integrity has no need of rules.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
It is terrifying to see how easily, in certain people, all dignity collapses. Yet when you think about it, this is quite normal since they only maintain this dignity by constantly striving against their own nature.
Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way.
The temptation shared by all forms of intelligence cynicism.
How many crimes are committed simply because their authors could not endure being wrong.
Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep.
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.
Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
Do not wait for the last judgment. It takes place every day.
You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.
We rarely confide in those who are better than we are.
There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool.
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Aesop quotes

He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.
The gods help them that help themselves.
Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
Little friends may prove great friends.
There is always someone worse off than yourself.
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
United we stand, divided we fall.
Appearances often are deceiving.
It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.
Only cowards insult dying majesty.
Affairs are easier of entrance than of exit and it is but common prudence to see our way out before we venture in.
Familiarity breed contempt.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Don’t let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth — don’t let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
Plodding wins the race.
It is easy to despise what you cannot get.
A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.
Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.
Men often applaud an imitation, and hiss the real thing.
You may share the labours of the great, but you may not share the spoil.
It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
Please all, and you will please none.
Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.
Be content with your lot one cannot be first in everything.
Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and ale in fear.
A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.
We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.
It is easier to get into the enemy’s toils than out again.
It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.
In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest.
The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
Persuasion is often more effectual than force.
Put your shoulder to the wheel.
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
What a splendid head, yet no brain.
People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.
Union gives strength.
It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.
The shaft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagle’s own plumes. We often give our enemies the means of our own destruction.
I am sure the grapes are sour.
Slow and steady wins the race.
I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
While I see many hoof marks going in, I see none coming out. It is easier to get into the enemy’s toils than out again.
Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find – nothing.
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Aeschylus quotes

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.
‘Honour thy father and thy mother’ stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness.
Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old.
Sweet is a grief well ended.
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart’s controls. There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.
I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil.
Words are the physicians of the mind diseased.
Time as he grows old teaches many lessons.
The wisest of the wise may err.
Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend’s success without envy.
Exiles feed on hope.
It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life Overcome fear, behold wonder.
For not many men, the proverb saith, can love a friend whom fortune prospereth unenvying.
A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.
The future you shall know when it has come before then forget it.
When a man’s willing and eager, the gods join in.
Bronze is the mirror of the form wine, of the heart.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.
I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.
Time as he grows old teaches all things.
Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.
In war, truth is the first casualty.
For somehow this is tyranny’s disease, to trust no friends.
Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another’s might.
It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
Only when man’s life comes to its end in prosperity can one call that man happy.
His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best.
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