Quote of the Fortnight: Aldous Huxley’s “Island”

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This week’s quote of the fortnight comes from Aldous Huxley’s Island, a novel that acts as a counterpoint to the dystopia of Huxley’s Brave New World, describing the utopian island of Pala.

Enjoy!

 

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling…”

 

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