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A Favorite Quote – A Passage From Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

February 28th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Maya Muses: I was on the phone with a friend from Paris who asked me when we were planning on going back, (Patrick and I go back and forth every year to Paris) and I told her this year I didn’t know.  “I have several doctor appointments scheduled,” I said…..and then we got to talking about our ailments.  At one point, my friend laughed and said, “Your doctor is going to tell you the same thing that mine told me!  You’re not sick – it’s old age!”

Not exactly what I wanted to hear, but it sounded better in French and we did have a good laugh!  Besides, it reminded me of one of my favorite passages in Huxley’s Brave New World.  I read the book in high school, and yet I’ve kept this passage with me for decades.  I must have been older than my years; or as I prefer to think of myself as an old soul.

Hands of an old man.“‘A man grows old; he feels in himself that radical sense of weakness, of listlessness, of discomfort, which accompanies the advance of age; and, feeling thus, imagines himself merely sick, lulling his fears with the notion that this distressing condition is due to some particular cause, from which, as from an illness, he hopes to recover.  Vain imaginings! That sickness is old age; and a horrible disease it is.  They say that it is the fear of death and of what comes after death that makes men turn to religion as they advance in years.  But my own experience has given me the conviction that, quite apart from any such terrors or imaginings, the religious sentiment tends to develop as we grow older; to develop because, as the passions grow calm, as the fancy and sensibilities are less excited and less excitable, our reason becomes less troubled in its working, less obscured by the images, desires and distractions, in which it used to be absorbed; Sun behind clouds.whereupon God emerges as from behind a cloud; our soul feels, sees, turns towards the source of all light; turns naturally and inevitably; for now that all that gave to the world of sensations its life and charm has begun to leak away from us, now that phenomenal existence is no more bolstered up by impressions from within or from without, we feel the need to lean on something that abides, something that will never play us false – a reality, an absolute and everlasting truth.  Yes, we inevitably turn to God; for this religious sentiment is of its nature so pure, so delightful to the soul that experiences it, that it makes up to us for all our other losses.'”

Mustapha Mond shut the book….

Maine de Biran Philosopher
                                      Brave New World
             Aldous Huxley

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Tags: Baby Boomer Babbles · Books and Reviews · Favorite Quotes · Paris - Paname

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Patrick // Feb 28, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Beautiful words. I have always been fascinated by atheist. For years I’ve observed them and frankly I do not see any major differences between them and religious people. Or maybe I’m wrong. But what I have noticed is that with age many of us (both religious and antheist) are turning our eyes to God. Maybe….uh, just in case!

  • 2 Lynn // Feb 28, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I agree. I think it’s a natural evolution of the human spirit.

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