Quotes by Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley
Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you. |

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What are we in relation to our own minds and bodies – or, seeing that there is not a single word, let us use it in a hyphenated form – our own mind-bodies? What are we in relation to this total organism in which we live? |

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When we see a rose, we immediately say, rose. We do not say, I see a roundish mass of delicately shaded reds and pinks. We immediately pass from the actual experience to the concept. [...]
We cannot help living to a very large extent in terms of concepts. We have to do so, because immediate experience is so chaotic and so immensely rich that in mere self-preservation we have to use the machinery of language to sort out what is of utility for us, what in any given context is of importance, and at the same time to try to understand—because it is only in terms of language that we can understand what is happening. We make generalizations and we go into higher and higher degrees of abstraction, which permit us to comprehend what we are up to, which we certainly would not if we did not have language. And in this way language is an immense boon, which we could not possibly do without.

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