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Reads tagged with “Aldous Huxley”

Bridging the Island Universes of Our Experience: Aldous Huxley on Making Sense of Ourselves and Each Other
Bridging the Island Universes of Our Experience: Aldous Huxley on Making Sense of Ourselves and Each Other

“To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important is the capacity to see others as they see themselves.”

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Don Giovanni and the Universe: Aldous Huxley on How the Moon Illuminates the Complementarity of Spirituality and Science
Don Giovanni and the Universe: Aldous Huxley on How the Moon Illuminates the Complementarity of Spirituality and Science

“The universe throws down a challenge to the human spirit… We have a right to our moods of sober exultation.”

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Aldous Huxley on the Transcendent Power of Music and Why It Sings to Our Souls
Aldous Huxley on the Transcendent Power of Music and Why It Sings to Our Souls

“After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”

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Great Writers on the Power of Music
Great Writers on the Power of Music

Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Aldous Huxley, Oliver Sacks, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Friedrich Nietzsche, and more.

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Aldous Huxley on Drugs, Democracy, and Religion
Aldous Huxley on Drugs, Democracy, and Religion

“Generalized intelligence and mental alertness are the most powerful enemies of dictatorship and at the same time the basic conditions of effective democracy.”

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Love Is the Last Word: Aldous Huxley on Knowledge vs. Understanding and the Antidote to Our Existential Helplessness
Love Is the Last Word: Aldous Huxley on Knowledge vs. Understanding and the Antidote to Our Existential Helplessness

“All of us are knowers, all the time; it is only occasionally and in spite of ourselves that we understand the mystery of given reality.”

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How to Handle Criticism: Advice from Some of the Greatest Writers of the Past Century
How to Handle Criticism: Advice from Some of the Greatest Writers of the Past Century

Wisdom and wit from Kurt Vonnegut, Aldous Huxley, William Styron, Truman Capote, and other literary titans.

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Aldous Huxley on Sincerity, Our Fear of the Obvious, and the Two Types of Truth Artists Must Reconcile
Aldous Huxley on Sincerity, Our Fear of the Obvious, and the Two Types of Truth Artists Must Reconcile

“All great truths are obvious truths. But not all obvious truths are great truths.”

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Getting Out of Your Own Light: Aldous Huxley on Mind-Body Integration and How You Become Who You Are
Getting Out of Your Own Light: Aldous Huxley on Mind-Body Integration and How You Become Who You Are

“In all the activities of life, from the simplest physical activities to the highest intellectual and spiritual activities, our whole effort must be to get out of our own light.”

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Gorgeous Vintage and Modern Illustrations from Aldous Huxley’s Only Children’s Book
Gorgeous Vintage and Modern Illustrations from Aldous Huxley’s Only Children’s Book

A brave old world of beautiful art and subtle undertones of misogyny.

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