Aldous Huxley (1894–1963), British novelist. Philip Quarles, in Point Counter Point, ch. 6 (1928).
This passage comes from the notebook of Philip Quarles, the principal character in the narrative. As a writer committed to the novel of ideas, Quarles is in large part Huxley's self- portrait. Here Quarles expresses one of Huxley's principal themes: the limitations of intellectual life.