Quotation by Aldous Huxley

Perhaps dirt is the necessary condition of beauty.... Perhaps hygiene and art can never be bedfellows. No Verdi, after all, without spitting into trumpets. No Duse without a crowd of malodorous bourgeois giving one another their coryzas. And think of the inexpugnable retreats for microbes prepared by Michelangelo in the curls of Moses' beard!
Aldous Huxley (1894–1963), British novelist. Professor Cacciaguida, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 3 (1944).

Although Cacciaguida is a minor character, he conveys one of Huxley's recurrent themes: the troublesome intersection of art and life, the ideal and actuality.
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