Don’t roll in the muck

November 22, 2011

Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrong-doing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.

– Aldous Huxley in the foreword to Brave New World (1932)

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One Response to “Don’t roll in the muck”

  1. Suze said

    I’d been meaning to reread ‘Brave New World’ and to read some Huxley I’d never read before for some time and this shoots him right up to the top of the list.

    Excellent.

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