Quotation by Aldous Huxley

If we could sniff or swallow something that would, for five or six hours each day, abolish our solitude as individuals, atone us with our fellows in a glowing exaltation of affection and make life in all its aspects seem not only worth living, but divinely beautiful and significant, and if this heavenly, world-transfiguring drug were of such a kind that we could wake up next morning with a clear head and an undamaged constitution—then, it seems to me, all our problems (and not merely the one small problem of discovering a novel pleasure) would be wholly solved and earth would become paradise.
Aldous Huxley (1894–1963), British author. "Wanted, a New Pleasure," Music at Night and Other Essays (1949).

Huxley's earlier writings revealed a different attitude: "I prefer being sober to even the rosiest and most agreeable intoxications," he wrote in his introduction to Texts and Pretexts (1932). "The peyotl-trances of Swinburne, for example, have always left me perfectly compos mentis; I do not catch the infection."
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