Often I find tumblr quote posts rather monotonous and even somewhat banal, however I feel compelled to share a few thoughts from Aldous Huxley in his biography on François Leclerc du Tremblay: “Grey Eminence”.
"Self hood is a heavy, hardly translucent medium, which cuts off most of the light of reality and distorts what little it permits to pass."
"Every human being is an individual slice of history, unique and unrepeatable; but the majority of such slices belong to one or other of a number of familiar and recognizable classes. This is not the case with exceptional individuals. These represent the wildest improbabilities, such as only life can make actual; for life alone possesses the resources and patience to go on playing the lotteries of heredity and environment until the necessary number of one-in-a-million chances turn up simultaneously, and an exceptional individual appears and runs his course."
"Considered merely as an account of the way in which a good man was trapped, tortured and unjustly put to death, the story of the Passion is already sufficiently moving; and, for those who accept them as true, its theological overtones enrich it with a much profounder significance. The good Christian’s emotions are always intense, but, unfortunately, not always desirable."
"But unfortunately the amelioration of the world cannot be achieved in moments of crisis; it depends on the efforts made and constantly repeated during the humdrum, uninspiring periods, which separate one crisis from another, and of which normal lives mainly consist."