It helps me keep things in perceptive to recall that other people have already thought, and clearly expressed, whatever it is I think I have to say.
All that’s left to produce is debris from my mind.
I stumbled across these quotes from Aldous Huxley that do that fairly well http://www.alienated.me/aldous-huxley-quotes/
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
~ in Music at Night
Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
Death … It’s the only thing we haven’t succeeded in completely vulgarizing.
~ in Eyeless in Gaza
A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly obedient bureaucracy.
That we do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
~ in Collected Essays
Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one’s never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them.
Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.