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  • The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love—almost as violent and much more mischievous.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Chichicastenango," Beyond the Mexique Bay (1934).

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  • Which is better: to have Fun with Fungi or to have Idiocy with Ideology, to have Wars because of Words, to have Tomorrow's Misdeeds out of Yesterday's Miscreeds?
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Culture and the Individual," Moksha: Writings on Psychedelics and the Visionary Experience (1931-1963), eds. Horowitz and Palmer (1977).

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  • Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "The Religion of Sex" section in "The Substitutes for Religion," Proper Studies (1927).
  • I can sympathise with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Cynthia," Limbo (1920).

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  • Where beauty is worshipped for beauty's sake as a goddess, independent of and superior to morality and philosophy, the most horrible putrefaction is apt to set in. The lives of the aesthetes are the far from edifying commentary on the religion of beauty.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "The Substitutes for Religion," Proper Studies (1927).

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  • Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. the thoughts of William Propter in After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, pt. I, ch. 8 (1939). William Propter is the moral voice of this novel, counselling reform through the application of practical mysticism and transcendence of the self.

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  • The philosophy of action for action, power for the sake of power, had become an established orthodoxy. "Thou has conquered, O go-getting Babbitt."
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Eustace Barnack, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 12 (1944). In this passage the narrator reports Eustace Barnack's thoughts and concludes with his reworking of Algernon Charles Swinburne's poem "An Interlude," "Thou hast conquered, O pale Galilean" substituting Sinclair Lewis's character who represents the ideology of small- town capitalism.

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  • Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Wanted, a New Pleasure," Music at Night and Other Essays (1949).
  • Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mr. Scogan, Crome Yellow, ch. 22 (1922).

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  • Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Walter Bidlake, in Point Counter Point, ch. 1 (1928).

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