Quotation by Aldous Huxley

Perhaps it's good for one to suffer.... Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?
Aldous Huxley (1894–1963), British novelist. Casimir Lypiatt, in Antic Hay, ch. 6 (1923).

Casimir Lypiatt is Huxley's portrait of a self-important and self-deluded artist, said to be modelled on the unsuccessful romantic painter, Benjamin Haydon.
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