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Francois de La Rochefoucauld
French Writer
Sunday 15 September 1613 - Sunday 17 March 1680
Mason Cooley
American Writer
1927 - 2002
William Shakespeare
English Writer, Poet, Dramatist, Playwright
Sunday 26 April 1564 - Saturday 23 April 1616
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
German Writer, Poet, Artist, Politician
Thursday 28 August 1749 - Thursday 22 March 1832
Oscar Wilde
Irish Writer, Poet, Dramatist, Playwright
Monday 16 October 1854 - Friday 30 November 1900
Victor Hugo
French Writer, Novelist, Poet, Author, Dramatist
Friday 26 February 1802 - Friday 22 May 1885
Voltaire
French Writer, Philosopher, Historian
Sunday 21 November 1694 - Saturday 30 May 1778
Ambrose Bierce
American Writer, Journalist, Editor
Friday 24 June 1842 - 1914
Thomas Carlyle
Scottish Writer, Philosopher, Historian
Friday 4 December 1795 - Saturday 5 February 1881
Plato
Greek Writer, Philosopher, Mathematician
427 B.C. - 347 B.C.
H. L. Mencken
American Writer, Critic, Journalist, Editor, Scholar
Sunday 12 September 1880 - Sunday 29 January 1956
Gilbert K. Chesterton
English Writer
Friday 29 May 1874 - Sunday 14 June 1936
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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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