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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One of the ladies, we are confidentially informed, is an eminent woman doctor. But, unlike the hidalgo who thought himself dishonoured by the exercise of any profession save that of arms, the pandit is ambitious of wielding only the pen.

Jesting Pilate

I cherish a pious hope that he did just a trifle more than he undid, and that the Devil remained, as the result of his ministry, by ever so little the loser. They externalise their vitality in visiting places of public amusement, in dancing and motoring — in doing anything that is not quietly sitting by their own fireside or rather by their own radiator.

Any fool, any savage can make love — of a kind. Man’s progress has been contingent on his ca- pacity to organise societies.

Jesting Pilate by Aldous Huxley

The Majestic is more wildly Mohammedan than anything that the most orthodox of Great Moguls ever dreamed of, and the gigantic Taj combines the style of the South Kensington Natural History Museum with that of an Jestting pavilion at an International Ex- hibition. For humanitarian feelings are not native to the Indian soil.

For example, a man writes two letters, addresses two envelopes, puts the letters into the envelopes, and seals them up.

Loved the descriptions of India. Hinduism gets a pass from most anti-religious, but the caste system is as terrible as any custom currently extant in the world. Living as we do in the midst of this historical process, which we vaguely jestjng “the humanitarian movement,” we are unable to realise the strange- ness and fundamental novelty of it. They are all educated, more or less, and all equally proud.


Passing, I feel almost ashamed to look at the creeping wain; I avert my eyes from a spectacle so painfully accusa- tory. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of huxlfy pre-eminent intellectuals of his time.

Arabesques of far finer design are to be seen in the carved and painted ornamentation of Rajput palaces and temples. Journals of gynaecology, of obstetrics, of sexual psychology, of venereal disease.

When the goad fails to make them move, their driver will seize them by the tail and, going through the motions of one who tries to start up a Ford car, violently twist. Two evening stars, Venus and Mercury, pursued the sunken sun.

This sort of art, we learn in childhood, is meant to excite laughter, that to evoke our tears. Huge kites, their wings spread and unmoving, go soaring along the thoroughfares, effortlessly keeping pace with the traffic below. The thought depressed me. But whereas the Sicilian room is noth- ing more than the old-fashioned glass-and-gilding merry-go-round made stationary, the Indian rooms are a marvel of cool and elegant refinement.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Marble, I perceive, cov- ers a multitude of sins. At any other period of the world’s history than this, Dyer and Mussolini would have seemed the normal ones. I was glad, for sake of the rickshaw coolies, that it should be so; for my own, I must confess, I was sorry. There are men and women, the innumerable living, and, in books, the souls of those dead who deserved to be immortal.

The genesis of Brave New World is apparent from the beginning. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Still, in spite of the con- solations of philosophy, I remained pensive. Indeed, I never remember to have seen mirrors anywhere put to better decorative use than here, in this de- serted Rajput palace of the seventeenth century.

In summer, on the other hand, it is by day that the verdure must be jack- etted. Indian music is innocent aaldous any harmony more subtle than that with which the bagpipe has made us fa- miliar — the drone on the dominant.


We landed — in what a sink! The Romans persecuted feebly and by fits — enough to stimulate the persecuted to fresh efforts, but not enough to destroy them; enough to arouse sym- pathy for their victims, but not enough to deter the sympathisers. True, this form of decoration does pialte lend itself to the adornment of large areas of wall or ceiling; it is too intricate for that.

The hall was crowded.

Jesting Pilate : an intellectual holyday

But even in music the differences between the conventions of expression are very great. My fellow passenger from Campbellpur did some- thing, no doubt, to encourage brotherly love, for- bearance, and mutual helpfulness among his flock. Am I expressing a reasoned opinion?

These last had all been set going, simultaneously, in our honour.

Consider, for example, St. BURMA he has authority and is looked up to ; he knows all the people who matter and is known.

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Each time I saw a pair of these marble feet I felt like calling for cheers. Architecturally, no doubt, it would have been best to put this definitely lim- ited mass into four low buildings of comparatively large plan. Below, on the other side, stretches the Dal Lake, with the isolated fort- crowned hill of Hari-Parbat on the further shore.

To us, in consequence, he seems disgrace- fully slipshod, cynical, and irreverent. Without any violence, merely by quietly refusing to accept the white man at his own valuation, merely by declining to have anything to do with him, the Indian can reduce Hkxley rule to impotence. At the other side of the garden, safely removed from possible contamination, the orthodox refreshed themselves with special foods prepared by cooks of guaranteed good family.