Aldous Huxley


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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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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."
  • ''The business of a seer is to see; and if he involves himself in the kind of God-eclipsing activities which make seeing impossible, he betrays the trust which his fellows have tacitly placed in him.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Grey Eminence, ch. 10 (1941).
  • ''Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Wordsworth in the Tropics," Do What You Will (1929).
  • ''Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Wordsworth in the Tropics," Do What You Will (1929).
  • ''Oh, how desperately bored, in spite of their grim determination to have a Good Time, the majority of pleasure-seekers really are!''
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Holy Face," Do What You Will (1929).

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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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