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Victor Hugo
French Writer, Novelist, Poet, Author, Dramatist
Friday 26 February 1802 - Friday 22 May 1885
George Eliot
British Writer, Novelist, Author, Journalist
Monday 22 November 1819 - Wednesday 22 December 1880
George Santayana
Spanish Philosopher, Novelist, Poet
Wednesday 16 December 1863 - Friday 26 September 1952
Aldous Huxley
English Writer, Novelist
Thursday 26 July 1894 - Friday 22 November 1963
Honore de Balzac
French Novelist
Monday 20 May 1799 - Sunday 18 August 1850
George Orwell
British Novelist, Author, Journalist
Thursday 25 June 1903 - Saturday 21 January 1950
Robert Louis Stevenson
Scottish Writer, Novelist, Poet
Wednesday 13 November 1850 - Monday 3 December 1894
Chuck Palahniuk
American Novelist, Author, Journalist
Born Tuesday 21 February 1961
E. M. Forster
English Novelist
Wednesday 1 January 1879 - Sunday 7 June 1970
W. Somerset Maugham
British Writer, Novelist, Author, Playwright
Sunday 25 January 1874 - Thursday 16 December 1965
Ernest Hemingway
American Novelist, Author, Journalist
Friday 21 July 1899 - Sunday 2 July 1961
Samuel Richardson
English Writer, Novelist
Friday 19 August 1689 - Saturday 4 July 1761
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Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.

Aldous Huxley

Words: experience, happens
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After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Aldous Huxley

Words: after, silence, comes, nearest, expressing, inexpressible, music
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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

Words: childlike, man, development, arrested, contrary, given, chance, continuing, develop, long, after, adults, muffled, cocoon, habit, convention
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An intellectual is a person who's found one thing that's more interesting than sex.

Aldous Huxley

Words: intellectual, person, whos, found, one, thing, more, interesting, sex
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Beauty is worse than wine, it intoxicates both the holder and beholder.

Aldous Huxley

Words: beauty, worse, wine, intoxicates, both, holder, beholder
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It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.'

Aldous Huxley

Words: bit, embarrassing, concerned, human, problem, all, ones, life, find, end, one, more, offer, way, advice, try, little, kinder
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A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.

Aldous Huxley

Words: belief, hell, knowledge, every, ambition, doomed, frustration, hands, skeleton, never, prevented, majority, human, beings, behaving, though, death, more, unfounded, rumor
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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

Words: hurry, acquire, cigar, habit, one, major, happinesses, more, lasting, love, less, costly, emotional, wear, tear
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Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation.

Aldous Huxley

Words: cynical, realism, intelligent, mans, best, excuse, doing, nothing, intolerable, situation
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Maybe this world is another planet's hell.

Aldous Huxley

Words: maybe, world, another, planets, hell
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My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.

Aldous Huxley

Words: father, considered, walk, mountains, equivalent, churchgoing
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That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.

Aldous Huxley

Words: men, learn, very, lessons, history, important, all
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Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.

Aldous Huxley

Words: amour, one, human, activity, any, importance, laughter, pleasure, preponderate, ever, slightly, over, misery, pain
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A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.

Aldous Huxley

Words: democracy, makes, effectively, prepares, modern, scientific, war, must, necessarily, cease, democratic, country, really, well, prepared, governed, tyrant, head, highly, trained, perfectly, obedient, bureaucracy
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The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.

Aldous Huxley

Words: more, powerful, original, mind, will, incline, religion, solitude
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Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image.

Aldous Huxley

Words: Europe, well, gardened, resembles, work, art, scientific, theory, neat, metaphysical, system, man, recreated, own, image
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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Aldous Huxley

Words: facts, cease, exist, ignored
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One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.

Aldous Huxley

Words: one, great, attractions, patriotism, fulfills, worst, wishes, person, nation, able, vicariously, bully, cheat, more, feeling, profoundly, virtuous
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There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.

Aldous Huxley

Words: one, corner, universe, certain, improving, own, self
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De Sade is the one completely consistent and thoroughgoing revolutionary of history.

Aldous Huxley

Words: Sade, one, completely, consistent, thoroughgoing, revolutionary, history
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