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  • ''You should hurry up ... and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Eustace Barnack, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 12 (1944). Eustace Barnack's witticism contains an irony of which he seems unaware. Throughout the novel, his hedonism is made apparent by his continuous sucking on cigars. It is as though he were still an unweaned infant needy for the comfort of the breast.
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  • ''Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Wordsworth in the Tropics," Do What You Will (1929).
  • ''Good is a product of the ethical and spiritual artistry of individuals; it cannot be mass-produced.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Grey Eminence, ch. 10 (1941).
  • ''Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Wordsworth in the Tropics," Do What You Will (1929).
  • ''The amelioration of the world cannot be achieved by sacrifices in moments of crisis; it depends on the efforts made and constantly repeated during the humdrum, uninspiring periods, which separate one crisis from another, and of which normal lives mainly consist.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Grey Eminence, ch. 10 (1941).
  • ''There are so many intellectual and moral angels battling for rationalism, good citizenship, and pure spirituality; so many and such eminent ones, so very vocal and authoritative! The poor devil in man needs all the support and advocacy he can get. The artist is his natural champion. When an artist deserts to the side of the angels, it is the most odious of treasons.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Wordsworth in the Tropics," Do What You Will (1929).
  • ''Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart and mind and strength.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Grey Eminence, ch. 9 (1941).
  • ''Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Wordsworth in the Tropics," Do What You Will (1929).
  • ''The quality of moral behaviour varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Grey Eminence, ch. 10 (1941).
  • ''The poet's place, it seems to me, is with the Mr. Hydes of human nature.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Wordsworth in the Tropics," Do What You Will (1929). See also Huxley's comment under "artists."

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Darkness

My close-walled soul has never known
That innermost darkness, dazzling sight,
Like the blind point, whence the visions spring
In the core of the gazer's chrysolite…
The mystic darkness that laps God's throne
In a splendour beyond imagining,
So passing bright.

But the many twisted darknesses

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