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Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.
– Aldous Huxley
Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history.
What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.
Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.
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.
Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.
Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
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.
If human beings were shown what they’re really like, they’d either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.
Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author’s soul.
Experience teaches only the teachable.
Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
Every man’s memory is his private literature.
Thought must be divided against itself before it can come to any knowledge of itself.
The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.
There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
Like every man of sense and good feeling, I abominate work.
Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
The proper study of mankind is books.
Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
There’s only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.
God isn’t compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness.
Cynical realism is the intelligent man’s best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.
Speed, it seems to me, provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history.