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Ignorance & Stupidity
Engrave this Quote Most ignorance is invincible ignorance.We don't know because we don't want to know.
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-Aldous Huxley
Individuality
Engrave this Quote Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
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Intelligence
Engrave this Quote Man is an intelligence, not served by, but in servitude to his organs.
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-Aldous Huxley
Intuition
Engrave this Quote Modern man's besetting temptation is to sacrifice his direct perceptions and spontaneous feelings to his reasoned reflections; to prefer in all circumstances the verdict of his intellect to that of his immediate intuitions.
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-Aldous Huxley
Journeys
Engrave this Quote The spiritual journey does not consist of arriving at a new destination where a person gains what he did not have, or becomes what he is not. It consists in the dissipation of one's own ignorance concerning one's self and life, and gradual growth of that understanding, which begins a spiritual awakening. The finding of God is coming to one's self.
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-Aldous Huxley, found attributed
Language
Engrave this Quote But no language is perfect, no vocabulary is adequate to the wealth of the given universe, no pattern of words and sentences, however rich, however subtle, can do justice to the interconnected Gestalts with which experience presents us. Consequently the phenomenal forms of our name-conditioned universe are by nature delusory and fallacious. Wisdom comes only to those who have learned how to talk and read and write without taking language more seriously than it deserves. As the only begotten of civilization and even of our humanity, language must be taken very seriously. Seriously, too, as an instrument (when used with due caution) for thinking about the relationships between phenomena. But it must never be taken seriously when it is used, as in the old creedal religions and their modern political counterparts, as being in any way the equivalents of immediate experience or as being a source of true knowledge about the nature of things.
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Life
Engrave this Quote A life-worshipper's philosophy is comprehensive. He is at one moment a positivist and at another a mystic: now haunted by the thought of death and now a Dionysian child of nature; now a pessimist and now, with a change of lover or liver or even the weather, an exuberant believer that God's in his heaven and all's right with the world.
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Mankind, Man
Engrave this Quote What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.
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Memory
Engrave this Quote Every man's memory is his private literature.
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Mistakes
Engrave this Quote Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
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Morals
Engrave this Quote Morality is always the product of terror; its chains and strait-waistcoats are fashioned by those who dare not trust others, because they dare not trust themselves, to walk in liberty.
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Engrave this Quote The quality of moral behaviour varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.
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Murder
Engrave this Quote It takes two to make a murder. There are born victims, born to have their throats cut, as the cut-throats are born to be hanged.
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Music
Engrave this Quote After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
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Mystics, Mysticism
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Nation, Nationality, Nationalism
Engrave this Quote The history of any nation follows an undulatory course. In the trough of the wave we find more or less complete anarchy; but the crest is not more or less complete Utopia, but only, at best, a tolerably humane, partially free and fairly just society that invariably carries within itself the seeds of its own decadence.
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Organization
Engrave this Quote One of the many reasons for the bewildering and tragic character of human existence is the fact that social organization is at once necessary and fatal. Men are forever creating such organizations for their own convenience and forever finding themselves the victims of their home-made monsters.
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Pleasure
Engrave this Quote Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
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Engrave this Quote Pleasure cannot be shared; like Pain, it can only be experienced or inflicted, and when we give pleasure to our Lovers or bestow Charity upon the Needy, we do so, not to gratify the object of our Benevolence, but only ourselves. For the Truth is that we are kind for the same reason as we are cruel, in order that we may enhance the sense of our own Power.
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-Aldous Huxley, The Fifth Earl of Gonister, in After Many a Summer Dies the Swan, pt. II, ch. 4 (1939)
Poetry
Engrave this Quote The poet is born with the capacity of arranging words in such a way that something of the quality of the graces and inspirations he has received can make itself felt to other human beings in the white spaces, so to speak, between the lines of his verse. This is a great and precious gift; but if the poet remains content with his gift, if he persists in worshipping the beauty in art and nature without going on to make himself capable, through selflessness, of apprehending Beauty as it is in the divine Ground, then he is only an idolater.
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Politics
Engrave this Quote Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
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Engrave this Quote Cant is always rather nauseating; but before we condemn political hypocrisy, let us remember that it is the tribute paid by men of leather to men of God, and that the acting of the part of someone better than oneself may actually commit one to a course of behavior perceptibly less evil than what would be normal and natural in an avowed cynic.
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Prejudice
Engrave this Quote Orthodoxy is the diehard of the world of thought. It learns not, neither can it forget.
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Professionalism
Engrave this Quote Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hall-mark of true science.
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Progress
Engrave this Quote There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self. So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people. That comes afterward, when you've worked on your own corner.
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