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Arthur Koestler Quotes

Arthur Koestler Quote: “Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The evolution of the brain not only overshot the needs of prehistoric man, it is the only example of evolution providing a species with an organ which it does not know how to use.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Two half truths do not make a truth.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Every creative act involves a new innocence or perception, liberated from the cataract of accepted belief.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “In creating the human brain, evolution has wildly overshot the mark.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The new frontiers to be conquered are mainly in the convolutions of the cortex.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The jester is brother to the sage.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Show us not the aim without the way. For ends and means on earth are so entangled That changing one, you change the other too; Each different path brings other ends in view.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “God seems to have left the receiver off the hook and time is running out.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “If power corrupts, the reverse is also true; persecution corrupts the victims though perhaps in subtler and more tragic ways.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The creative act does not create something out of nothing; it uncovers, selects, reshuffles, combines, synthesizes already existing facts, ideas, faculties, and skills.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Snobbery is not merely a silly human weakness but something basic in the mentality of modern man-a symptom which reflects the general sickness, the dislocation of social and cultural values in contemporary civilization.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Habit is the denial of creativity and the negation of freedom; a self-imposed straitjacket of which the wearer is unaware.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “What is an editor but a cross between a fall guy and a father figure? arthur koestler.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “When a person identifies himself with a group his critical faculties are diminished and his passions enhanced by a kind of emotive resonance. The individual is not a killer, the group is, and by identifying with it, the individual becomes one. This is the infernal dialect reflected in man’s history.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Wars are not fought for territory, but for words. Man’s deadliest weapon is language. He is as susceptible to being hypnotized by slogans as he is to infectious diseases. And where there is an epidemic, the group-mind takes over.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The most persistent sound which reverberates through man’s history is the beating of war drums.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The fact is: I no longer believe in my own infallibility. That is why I am lost.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “When reality becomes unbearable, the mind must withdraw from it and create a world of artificial perfection. Plato’s world of pure Ideas and Forms, which alone is to be considered as real, whereas the world of nature which we perceive is merely its cheap Woolworth copy, is a flight into delusion.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “To want to meet an author because you like his books is as ridiculous as wanting to meet the goose because you like pate de foie gras.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The ultimate truth is penultimately always a falsehood. He who will be proved right in the end appears to be wrong and harmful before it.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Laughter and weeping, the Greek masks of comedy and tragedy, mark the extremes of a continuous spectrum; both provide channels for the overflow of emotion; both are.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The progress of science is strewn, like an ancient desert trail, with the bleached skeleton of discarded theories which once seemed to possess eternal life.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. Boredom sets into boring minds. The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The evils of mankind are caused, not by the primary aggressiveness of individuals, but by their self-transcending identification with groups whose common denominator is low intelligence and high emotionality.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Einstein’s space is no closer to reality than Van Gogh’s sky.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Most of us were not afraid of death, only of the act of dying; and there were times when we overcame even this fear. At such moments we were free-men without shadows, dismissed from the ranks of the mortal; it was the most complete experience of freedom that can be granted a man.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “If the creator has a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely would have meant for us to stick it out.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “A publisher who writes is like a cow in a milk bar.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Brain-washing starts in the cradle.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “One question that people always ask at home is never asked here: “What happened to Communism in Russia?” Everybody yawns when a visitor brings it up, because the answer is so obvious to every Russian. The answer is that there never was Communism in Russia; there were only communists.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The ultimate truth is penultimately a falsehood.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “War is a ritual, a deadly ritual, not the result of aggressive self-assertion, but of self-transcending identification. Without loyalty to tribe, church, flag or ideal, there would be no wars.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Adolescence is a kind of emotional seasickness. Both are funny, but only in retrospect.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The revolutions of thought which shape the basic outlook of an age are not disseminated through text-books- they spread like epidemics, through contamination by invisible agents and innocent germ carriers, by the most varied forms of contact, or simply by breathing the common air.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The integrative tendencies of the individual are incomparably more dangerous than his self-assertive tendencies.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The ‘gallows’ are not only a symbol of death, but also a symbol of cruelty, terror and irreverence for life; the common denominator of primitive savagery, medieval fanaticism and modern totalitarianism.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “If conquerors be regarded as the engine-drivers of History, then the conquerors of thought are perhaps the pointsmen who, less conspicuous to the traveler’s eye, determine the direction of the journey.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “From the psychological point of view, the self-asserting emotions, derived from emergency reactions, involve a narrowing of consciousness; the participatory emotions an expansion of consciousness by identificatory processes of various kinds.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The more backwoodish a social group, juvenile or adult, the stricter its conception of the normal, and the readier it will ridicule any departure from it.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Aggressiveness is not the main trouble with the human species, but rather an excess capacity for fanatical devotion.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “In the meantime, the educated public continues to believe that Darwin has provided all the relevant answers by the magic formula of random mutations plus natural selection – quite unaware of the fact that random mutations turned out to be irrelevant and natural selection tautology.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “The thing represented had to pass through two distorting lenses: the artist’s mind, and his medium of expression, before it emerged as a man-made dream – the two, of course, being intimately connected and interacting with each other.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “Space-ships and time machines are no escape from the human condition.”
Arthur Koestler Quote: “I am not sure whether ethical absolutes exist. But I am sure that we have to act as if they existed or civilization perishes.”
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