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Point Counter Point Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley
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“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one; it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Our vanity makes us exaggerate the importance of human life; the individual is nothing; Nature cares only for the species.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“The place is good. How good, one must have circumnavigated the globe to discover. Why not stay? Take root? But roots are chains. I have a terror of losing my freedom. Free, without ties, unpossessed by any possessions, free to do as one will, to go at a moment's notice wherever the fancy may suggest--it is good. But so is this place. Might it not be better? To gain freedom one sacrifices something [...] and all that these things and people signify. One sacrifices something--for a greater gain in knowledge, in understanding, in intensified living? I sometimes wonder.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Something that had been a single cell, a cluster of cells, a little sac of tissue, a kind of worm, a potential fish with gills, stirred in her womb and would one day become a man--a grown man, suffering and enjoying, loving and hating, thinking, remembering, imagining. And what had been a blob of jelly within her body would invent a god and worship; what had been a kind of fish would create, and, having created, would become the battleground of disputing good and evil; what had blindly lived in her as a parasitic worm would look at the stars, would listen to music, would read poetry.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Everybody strains after happiness, and the result is that nobody's happy.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“An irrelevance, and your life's altered.”
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“A whole population of strangers inhabited and shaped that little body, lived in that mind and controlled its wishes, dictated its thoughts...The name was an abstraction, a title arbitrarily given, like "France" or "England," to a collection, never long the same, of many individuals who were born, lived, and died within him, as the inhabitants of a country appear and disappear, but keep alive in their passage the identity of the nation to which they belong.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Nothing — the only perfection, the only absolute. Infinite and eternal nothing.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Happiness is like coke — something you get as a by-product in the process of making something else.”
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“Our civilisation being what it is, you've got to spent eight hours out of every twenty-four as a mixture between an imbecile and a sewing machine. It's very disagreeable, I know. It's humiliating and disgusting. But there you are. You've got to do it, otherwise the whole fabric of our world will fall to bits and we'll starve. Do the job then, idiotically and mechanically; and spend your leisure hours in being a real complete man or woman.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Being cared for when one is dead is less satisfactory than being cared for when one is alive.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Resentment bred shame, and shame in its turn bred more resentment.”
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“The question for the man of sense is: Do we or do we not want to go to hell? And his answer is: No, we don't. And if that's his answer, then he won't have anything to do with any of the politicians. Because they all want to land us in hell.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Unmentioned, what is can become as though it were not.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“In the street he drew a deep breath. He was free. Free from recollection and anticipation. Free, for an hour or two, to refuse to admit the existence of the past or future. Free to live only now and here, in the place where his body happened at each instant to be. Free -- but the boast was idle; he went on remembering. Escape was not so easy a matter.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Encendió un cigarrillo para desinfectar la memoria.”
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“Nature is monstrously unjust. There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all the virtues are of no avail.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“... sva ta težnja ljudi da budu više nego ljudski. Idiotska zato što nikada ne uspijeva. Nastojiš biti više nego ljudski, a uspijevaš postati samo manje nego ljudski... Hodamo po zemlji i nisu nam potrebna krila...”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“The physician had asked the patient to read aloud a paragraph from the statutes of Trinity College, Dublin. ‘It shall be in the power of the College to examine or not examine every Licentiate, previous to his admission to a fellowship, as they shall think fit.’ What the patient actually read was: ‘An the bee-what in the tee-mother of the trothodoodoo, to majoram or that emidrate, eni eni krastei, mestreit to ketra totombreidei, to ra from treido a that kekritest.’ Marvellous! Philip said to himself as he copied down the last word. What style! What majestic beauty! The richness and sonority of the opening phrase! ‘An the bee-what in the tee-mother of the trothodoodoo.’ He repeated it to himself. ‘I shall print it on the title page of my next novel,’ he wrote in his notebook.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Habit is as fatal to a sense of wrongdoing as to active enjoyment.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Naša nas taština tjera da preuveličavamo ljudski život.”
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“Da se napiše loša knjiga, treba isto toliko truda kao i da se napiše dobra.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Priroda je silno nepravedna. Ne postoji nadomjestak za talent. Marljivost i sve druge vrline nisu ni od kakve koristi.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Ali na svu sreću ljudi ne ostavljaju dubljeg traga u meni. Samo kratkotrajan dojam, kao što brod u vodi ostavlja brazdu. Ali voda se opet sastavi.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point
“Neka pironska ravnodušnost, ublažena postojanom blagošću i dobrotom te povremenim proplamsajima snažne tjelesne srasti, bila je njegovo normalno stanje, koje su mu bile odredile njegova urođena i navikom stečena narav.”
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“Jer u običnom, svagdašnjem svijetu ljudskih odnopsa bio je neobično nalik na stranca. Nelagodno se osjećao među ljudima i bilo mu je teško ili čak nemoguće zapodjenuti razgovor bilo s kime osim s onim koji je govorio njemu vlastitim, intelektualnim jezikom ideja. U emocionalnom je pogledu bio stranac.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point

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