What a gulf between impression and expression! That’s our ironic fate-to have Shakespearean feelings and (unless by some billion-to-one chance we happen to be Shakespeare) to talk about them like automobile salesmen or teen-agers or college professors. We practice alchemy in reverse-touch gold and it turns into lead; touch the pure lyrics of experience, and they turn into the verbal equivalents of tripe and hogwash.
They seemed to have imagined that scientific progress could be allowed to go on indefinitely, regardless of everything else. Knowledge was the highest good, truth the supreme value; all the rest secondary and subordinate.
The truth is paradoxical; but man’s passion for rational coherence is even stronger than his love of truth.
Words – I wonder if you can realize how much I love them. You are too much preoccupied with mere things and ideas and people to understand the full beauty of words. Your mind is not a literary mind.
He liked to think of himself as a merciless vivisector probing into the palpitating entrails of his own soul.
Things are a great deal better in your part of the world-better, but still quite bad enough. You escape the state-appointed baby-tamers; but your society condemns you to pass your childhood in an exclusive family, with only a single set of siblings and parents. They’re foisted on you by hereditary predestination. You can’t get rid of them, can’t take a holiday from them, can’t go to anyone else for a change of moral or psychological air. It’s freedom, if you like-but freedom in a telephone booth.
One Reality, all-comprehensive, contains within itself all realities.
What a hideous colour khaki is
Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations of misery.
Reason is not the same in all men; human beings belong to a variety of psychological types separated one from another by irreducible differences.