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  • A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. repr. In Music at Night and Other Essays (1949). "Vulgarity in Literature," (1930).

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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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  • There are few who would not rather be taken in adultery than in provincialism.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Mr. Boldero, in Antic Hay, ch. 10 (1923).
  • What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. "Meditation on El Greco," Music at Night (1931).
  • If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mark Staithes, in Eyeless in Gaza, ch. 46 (1936). This observation is meant to deflate literary pretensions to telling the whole truth about human life.
  • People will insist on treating the mons Veneris as though it were Mount Everest. Too silly!
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. Mary Amberly, in Eyeless in Gaza, ch. 30 (1936).

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  • Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one's never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Mark Rampion, in Point Counter Point, ch. 16 (1928). Mark Rampion, who speaks these words of exasperation, is modeled on D.H. Lawrence.

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  • Cynical realism—it's the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. John Barnack, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 5 (1944). John Barnack's jibe at his hedonist brother Eustace for not taking sufficient interest in contemporary political movements.
  • Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British novelist. Jesting Pilate, pt. 4 (1926).

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  • Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Holy Face," Do What You Will (1929).
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