Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer, novelist, and philosopher.

Huxley was a humanist and pacifist. He became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism, and in particular universalism.

By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time, He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature seven times.

Huxley was born in Godalming, Surrey, England, in 1894.

Beginning in 1939 and continuing until his death in 1963, Huxley had an extensive association with the Vedanta Society of Southern California.

In 1944 Huxley wrote the introduction to the “Bhagavad Gita: The Song of God,” translated by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood.

From 1941 until 1960, Huxley contributed 48 articles to Vedanta and the West, published by the society.

In the spring of 1953, Huxley had his first experience with psychedelic drugs, in this case, mescaline.

After the publication of The Doors of Perception, in which he recounted this experience, Huxley and Swami Prabhavananda disagreed about the meaning and importance of the psychedelic drug experience.

Which may have caused the relationship to cool, but Huxley continued to write articles for the society’s journal, lecture at the temple, and attend social functions.

In 1956 Huxley married Laura Archera, also an author as well as a violinist and psychotherapist.

Huxley was a close friend of Jiddu Krishnamurti and Rosalind Rajagopal and was involved in the creation of the Happy Valley School, now Besant Hill School of Happy Valley, in Ojai, California.

On his deathbed, unable to speak owing to advanced laryngeal cancer, Huxley made a written request to his wife Laura for “LSD, 100 µg, intramuscular.

According to her account of his death in This Timeless Moment, she obliged with an injection at 11:20 a.m. and a second dose an hour later; Huxley died aged 69, at 5:20 p.m. (Los Angeles time), on 22 November 1963.

Here Are 16 More Of Aldous Leonard Huxley’s Greatest Quotes:

1. “Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”

2. “The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”

3. “Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”

4. “All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.”

5. “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”

Aldous Huxley there is only one corner

6. “Ironically enough, the only people who can hold up indefinitely under the stress of modern war are psychotics. Individual insanity is immune to the consequences of collective insanity.”

7. “There was a thing called Heaven, but all the same they used to drink enormous quantities of alcohol.”

8. “It isn’t a matter of forgetting. What one has to learn is how to remember and yet be free of the past.”

9. “All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.”

10. “Consciousness is only possible through change; change is only possible through movement.”

11. “For 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 religious or political idols”

12. “The more a man knows about himself in relation to every kind of experience, the greater his chance of suddenly, one fine morning, realizing who in fact he is…”

The more a man knows about himself Huxley

13. “It isn’t only art that is incompatible with happiness, it’s also science. Science is dangerous, we have to keep it most carefully chained and muzzled.”

14. “Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to him and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe.”

15. “We shall be permitted to live on this planet only for as long as we treat all nature with compassion and intelligence.”

16. “Hug me till you drug me, honey. Kiss me till I’m in a coma.”

Sources: