"One of the many reasons for the bewildering and tragic character of human existence is the fact that social organization is at once necessary and fatal." AH.
"I have never had the smallest ambition to be a Classic of any kind, whether Neo, Palaeo, Proto or Eo. Not at any price. For, to begin with, I have a taste for the lively, the mixed and the incomplete in art, preferring it to the universal and the chemically pure. In the second place, I regard the classical discipline, with its insistence on elimination, concentration, simplification, as being, for all the formal difficulties it imposes on the writer, essentially an escape from actual reality."
“Music at Night” A.H.
"Two accounts of the same human event, one in terms of pure science, the other in terms of religion, aesthetics, passion, even common sense: their discord will set up the most disquieting reverberations in the mind." A.H.
"For now there is only the darkness expanding and deepening, deepening into light; there is only this final peace, this consciousness of being no more separate, this illumination."
“Eyeless in Gaza”
"To be enlightened is to be aware, always, of total reality in its immanent otherness — to be aware of it and yet to remain in a condition to survive as an animal, to think and feel as a human being, to resort whenever expedient to systematic reasoning. Our goal is to discover that we have always been where we ought to be." “The Doors of Perception”
"Dying's an art and at our age we ought to be learning it. It helps to have seen someone who really knew how. Helen knew how to die because she knew how to live — to live now and here and for the greater glory of God. And that necessarily entails dying to there and then and tomorrow and one's own miserable little self. In the process of living as one ought to live, Helen had been dying by daily instalments. When the final reckoning came, there was practically nothing to pay...."
“The Genius and the Goddess”
He considered the discovery of psychedelics one of the three major scientific breakthroughs of the twentieth century, the other two being the splitting of the atom and the manipulation of genetic material. ...he always emphasized how delicately and respectfully these chemicals should be used.
"...The last thing I want is to create an image of myself as "Mr. LSD"...nor have I the least desire to get involved in the politics of psychedelics..." January 25-1963.
"What emerges as a general conclusion is the confirmation of the fact that mescaline does genuinely open the door, and that everything including the Unknown in its purest, most comprehensive form can come through. After the theophany it is up to the momentarily enlightened individual to "co-operate with Grace' -not so much by will as by awareness.”
Yours affectionately, Aldous.
“Do what you are doing now, suffer what you are suffering now. Nothing need be changed but your heart.”