... that's what living happens to be ... the physiological denial of reverence and good manners and Christianity.... At your age one's quite old enough to know what the essence of life really is. Shamelessness, that's all; pure shamelessness.
Aldous Huxley (1894–1963), British novelist. Veronica Thwale, in Time Must Have a Stop, ch. 14 (1944).
Veronica Thwale is presented as an extreme realist who rejects conventional pieties. Her comment is in response to seventeen-year-old Sebastian Barnack when he says he feels embarrassed to go on living normally in the wake of his uncle's death.