The choice to follow love through to its completion is the choice to seek completion within ourselves. The point at which we shut down on others is the point at which we shut down on extending our perceptions past their weaknesses. Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who that person is. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is. Forgiving others is the only way to forgive ourselves, and forgiveness is our greatest need.
—Marianne Williamson (via quoteessential)
[Elizabeth] said to Colonel Fitzwilliam, ‘Your cousin will give you a very pretty notion of me, and teach you not to believe a word I say. I am particularly unlucky in meeting with a person so well able to expose my real character, in a part of the world, where I had hoped to pass myself off with some degree of credit. Indeed, Mr Darcy, it is very ungenerous of you to mention all that you knew to my disadvantage in Hertfordshire - and, give me leave to say, very impolite too - for it is provoking me to retaliate, and such things may come out, as will shock your relations to hear.’
‘I am not afraid of you,’ said he, smilingly.
—Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen. (via the-library-and-step-on-it)
Huxley was a person who was at once seemingly remote and yet extremely loveable and even in his own way quite gregarious. It’s a paradox about that man that he had such an enormously wide range of interests that there was nobody he couldn’t talk to. You’d find him, after seeming so distant and shy, deep in conversation with the most unlikely people about their professions and problems and being very knowledgeable about them and, what is more, really anxious to learn more from these people and really succeeding in learning more and constantly adding to his stock of knowledge. He had the most tremendous kind of overall acquaintance with the doings and problems of mankind and the whole contemporary situation. It’s particularly irritating to hear people talk about him as though he lived far off in a tower. My God, who wanted to go to Sacramento to save Chessman’s life? Who spoke out about some of the strikes we’ve had down here? He was involved in all kinds of things, and you find that he actually did something about them. He was marvelous in that way. He was so concerned. He was tremendously concerned toward the end of his life about the menace of the population explosion, and he took the trouble to inform himself. He had all the facts and the figures, and he overwhelmed people who tried to put forward some kind of outmoded, prejudiced attitude, because he knew what he was talking about.
—Christopher Isherwood on Aldous Huxley (1965 interview by George Wickes). (via the-library-and-step-on-it)