Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of great sculpture. The silent bear no witness against themselves.
Aldous Leonard Huxley Quotes
Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
One of the great attractions of patriotism – it fulfils our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
As long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, the Caesars and Napoleons will duly rise and make them miserable.
Two hours. One hundred and twenty minutes. Anything might be done in that time. Anything. Nothing.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Compare the music of the Beggar’s Opera with the music of a contemporary revue. They differ as life in the Garden of Eden differed from life in the artistic quarter of Gomorrah.
Is it illusion or the revelation of profoundest truth? Who knows? Pongileoni blew, the fiddlers drew their resined horsehair across the stretched intestines of lambs; through the long Sarabande the poet slowly meditated his lovely and consoling certitude.
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.