Music at Night and Other Essays by Aldous Huxley (1931)

“The Rest is Silence”

From pure sensation to the intuition of beauty, from pleasure and pain to love and the mystical ecstasy and death—all the things that are fundamental, all the things that, to the human spirit, are most profoundly significant can only be experienced, not expressed. The rest is always and everywhere silence.

After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

When the inexpressible had to be expressed, Shakespeare laid down his pen and called for music.

“Art and the Obvious”

All great truths are obvious truths. But not all obvious truths are great truths.

“Selected Snobberies”

All men are snobs about something.

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