Just a short note to say that I’m having some personal problems right now, and will probably be absent from Tumblr for a bit longer than I have been already. Apologies to those who have sent ask box messages that I haven’t yet replied to; I promise I will do so when I’m in a better state of mind. Much love to you all. Hopefully I shall return soon. :) xx
Aldous Huxley by Cecil Beaton
A Few Maxims for the Instruction of…well, everybody, actually.
The only thing more frightening than the unknown is that which we know of but don’t understand.
Shame is the first indication of conscience.
Achievement is all the more admirable if it does not come easily.
The only qualities worth taking pride in are those which are self-cultivated.
Even the most intelligent, intuitive people can fall prey to poor judgment - especially when choosing friends and lovers.
You are not your connections.
Anything you have or achieve is meaningless if you cannot find pleasure in it privately.
The most profound speakers are usually those whom nobody listens to.
Truth is always subjective.
How attractive you find yourself is often inversely proportional to how attractive others find you. Few things are uglier than vanity.
Only a sociopath can genuinely live a life without regrets.
There is a difference between getting an education and becoming educated. The former gives you a piece of paper you can hold in your hand; the latter gives you entire libraries you can hold in your head and in your heart.
Don’t wear Crocs. Ever.
One should never take anything entirely seriously.
All compliments, regardless of content, can be regarded as sincere if the intent is to lift another’s spirits.
Anything can be considered art if you put enough of yourself into it.
Another favourite by Standard Designs on Etsy. Actually very tempted to buy this one…
Oh, I have so many! I’m sure I’ll spend the rest of the day now thinking of others I forgot to mention, but off the top of my head…
“It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.” – René Descartes.
“The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.” – Martin Heidegger.
“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” – Bertrand Russell.
“If in life we are surrounded by death, then in the health of our intellect we are surrounded by madness.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein.
“I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein.
“Every deep thinker is more afraid of being understood than of being misunderstood.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.
“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.
“Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.” – Friedrich Nietzsche.
“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.” – Jean-Paul Sartre.
“People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.” – Søren Kierkegaard.
“To lead an orchestra, you must turn your back on the crowd.” – Aristotle.
I’ve read both, and they each have their own charms…’The songs that saved your life’ (and by the same token, The Mozipedia) has a tendency to annoy me at times because of the author’s lack of objectivity (something I would have thought was important in an encyclopaedia-style book!) but it is very informative. The latter is quite an interesting read, too - as long as you don’t take everything Rogan says as gospel.