The phrase Jesting Pilate can be: a phrase coined by Francis Bacon in the opening sentence of his essay Of Truth; a name for the Biblical verse to which Bacon was referring, namely John ; the title of a book by Aldous Huxley. Aldous Huxley’s Account of Japan in Jesting Pilate(LEONARD). 1. Introduction. Aldous Huxley, celebrated novelist, essayist and travel writer, visited Japan in. OTHER POEMS (T WaA) JESTING PILATE An Intellectual Holiday BY ALDOUS HUXLEY What is Truth? said jesting Pilate, and would not stay for an answer.

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A desire born of his social instinct, to win the approval of his fellows, of some hypostasized “better self” or “personal god” makes a man act honourably in circumstances where it would be more profitable and more con- venient to act dishonourably. But even in music the differences between the conventions of expression are very great.

If you ignore the outdated and casual racism it is of it’s time it’s a rather interesting jaunt through the Southern Hemisphere. Evidently it is — for a good many of us at any rate.

BURMA he has authority and is looked up to ; he knows all the people who matter and is known. If all Indian poli- ticians are like Mrs. They automatically make dung; we collect it and turn it into fuel.

The formal elements of their design are numerous and pleasingly contrasted, and the detail 76 INDIA fcf BURMA — mouldings and ornamental sculpture — is always, however copious, subordinated to the architectural scheme and of the highest decorative quality.

But proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experience the truth of them.

It is not the anticipated pleasure of boasting about his achievements. Passengers begin to leave the ship.

But though it adorned, it could not improve the works of man. To us, in consequence, he seems disgrace- fully slipshod, cynical, and irreverent.


Why are we here, men and women, eighteen hundred millions of us, on this remark- able and perhaps unique planet? The genesis of Brave New World is apparent from the beginning. But the tipsiness they pro- duce is more satisfactory than that which results from the absorption of whisky. Thin-legged pedestrians salute me as I pass. It is a swindle! But then, we are barbarians and entirely ignorant of iplate art of living.

I was reminded very much of analogous func- tions in Italy. To look at, he was certainly one of the most repulsive human specimens I have ever seen. In a section that feels adlous contemporary, he discusses that holiest of traveler grails–getting Off the Beaten Path.

Other editions – View all Jesting Pilate: These, I perceived, should have been relegated to the remote back- ground and the foreground should have been filled with cows and elephants.

Living as we do in the midst of this historical process, which we vaguely call “the humanitarian movement,” we are unable to realise the strange- ness and fundamental novelty of it. That night, and all next day, till they were quite withered, the flowers poured out their scent, and the wind driven down on us by the electric yuxley in the ceil- ing was a warm air impregnated with strange and tropical sweetness.

What is the good of as- serting baldly that “the quality of mercy is not strained,” that “God’s in His heaven, all’s right with the world”? There are men and women, the innumerable living, and, in books, the souls of those dead who deserved to be immortal.

Jesting Pilate by Aldous Huxley

They do not hiccough pilaye at least I never heard them hiccoughing. Superiority in India pilzte a question of epiderms. How different to my experience.

Persecution can always succeed, provided that it is sufficiently violent and long-drawn. Upon arriving in Japan he comments on what was even then an expensive country. Your mind is clum- sier, more stiffly starched than mine. Sad to say, the entertainment industry has only become far more stupid in the last 80 years.


Their elaborateness surpasses jeting even of the famous mirror room at Bagheria, near Palermo. No, decidedly, the cracker mottoes of the an- cients are of no use to us. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. I have always felt a passion for personal freedom.

No place in India seems to be less than three hundred miles from any other place; the longer journeys have to be measured in thousands. The visual arts lend themselves to story- telling and the symbolical exposition of philosoph- ical theories alrous religious dogmas. To him they are symbolical of the highest truths.

Jesting Pilate : an intellectual holyday

But it needs a viveur of genius to think of combining amorous dalliance — on carpets, be it added, of the most exquisite Per- sian design — with the leisured smoking of a silver and crystal hookah. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Indeed, most of what we read is nonsense, and not meant to be remembered. There is as little reason why we should be here, eating, drinking, sleeping, and in the intervals reading metaphysics, saying prayers, or collecting dung.

We have been brought up with them; they seem natural to us. One must not come to India expecting to find grandiose speci- mens of interior architecture. The national motto should fit the national facts.

Their elegance — and in their way they are just as elegant as the Taj — is an opu- lent and subtle elegance, full of unexpected felici- ties. Sam White rated it liked it Dec 16, The Hellen- istic leaven was active for centuries. The mere disappearance of all Indian servants would be almost enough in itself to bring the white man to terms.