Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), "Foreheads Villainous Low," Music at Night and Other Essays
(London: Chatto & Windus, 1949; rpt. 1957), pp. 201-210 (at 201-202):
There was a time, not so long ago, when the
stupid and uneducated aspired to be thought intelligent and cultured. The current of aspiration
has changed its direction. It is not at all uncommon
now to find intelligent and cultured people doing
their best to feign stupidity and to conceal the fact
that they have received an education. Twenty
years ago it was still a compliment to say of a
man that he was clever, cultivated, interested in
the things of the mind. To-day 'highbrow' is
a term of contemptuous abuse.
Id. (at 207-208):
A man who is exclusively
interested in the things of the mind will be quite
happy (in Pascal's phrase) sitting quietly in a room.
A man who has no interest in the things of the
mind will be bored to death if he has to sit quietly in a room.