Saturday, August 16, 2014


A Beneficent Providence

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), "Silence is Golden," Complete Essays, Vol. II: 1926-1929 (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2000), pp. 19-24 (at 20):
A beneficent providence has dimmed my powers of sight, so that, at a distance of more than four or five yards, I am blissfully unaware of the full horror of the average human countenance.
Cf. Walter Raleigh (1861-1922), "Wishes of an Elderly Man Wished at a Garden Party, June 1914," lines 1-2:
I wish I loved the Human Race;
I wish I loved its silly face.

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