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Arthur Koestler quotes: The story of the Khazar Empire, as it slowly emerges from the past, begins to look like the most cruel hoax which history has ever perpetrated. The story of the Khazar Empire, as it slowly emerges from the past, begins to look like the most cruel hoax which history has ever perpetrated.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The ultimate truth is penultimately a falsehood. The ultimate truth is penultimately a falsehood.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Woe unto the defeated, whom history treads into the dust. Woe unto the defeated, whom history treads into the dust.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The discoveries of yesterday are the truisms of tomorrow, because we can add to our knowledge but cannot subtract from it. The discoveries of yesterday are the truisms of tomorrow, because we can add to our knowledge but cannot subtract from it.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion. Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The temptation, which consisted of a single word written on the cemetary of the defeated: Sleep. The temptation, which consisted of a single word written on the cemetary of the defeated: Sleep.
Arthur Koestler quotes: [My father] loved me tenderly and shyly from a distance, and later on took a naive pride in seeing my name in print. [My father] loved me tenderly and shyly from a distance, and later on took a naive pride in seeing my name in print.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums. The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Solitary confinement is rock bottom, it's absolute unfreedom. Solitary confinement is rock bottom, it's absolute unfreedom.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The addiction to the Soviet myth is as tenacious and difficult to cure as any other addiction. The addiction to the Soviet myth is as tenacious and difficult to cure as any other addiction.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Had not history always been an inhumane, unscrupulous builder, mixing its mortar of lies, blood and mud? Had not history always been an inhumane, unscrupulous builder, mixing its mortar of lies, blood and mud?
Arthur Koestler quotes: Much depends on asking the right question at the right time. Much depends on asking the right question at the right time.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The moment of truth, the sudden emergence of a new insight, is an act of intuition. The moment of truth, the sudden emergence of a new insight, is an act of intuition.
Arthur Koestler quotes: True creativity often starts where language ends. True creativity often starts where language ends.
Arthur Koestler quotes: and there was only one revolutionary virtue which he had not learned, the virtue of self-deception and there was only one revolutionary virtue which he had not learned, the virtue of self-deception
Arthur Koestler quotes: If power corrupts, the reverse is also true; persecution corrupts the victims though perhaps in subtler and more tragic ways. If power corrupts, the reverse is also true; persecution corrupts the victims though perhaps in subtler and more tragic ways.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Two half-truths do not make a truth, and two half- cultures do not make a culture Two half-truths do not make a truth, and two half- cultures do not make a culture
Arthur Koestler quotes: In any language it is a struggle to make a sentence say exactly what you mean. In any language it is a struggle to make a sentence say exactly what you mean.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Coincidence may be described as the chance encounter of two unrelated causal chains which Coincidence may be described as the chance encounter of two unrelated causal chains which
Arthur Koestler quotes: One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up. One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up.
Arthur Koestler quotes: I am not sure whether ethical absolutes exist. But I am sure that we have to act as if they existed or civilization perishes. I am not sure whether ethical absolutes exist. But I am sure that we have to act as if they existed or civilization perishes.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality. Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Every error has its consequences and venges itself unto the seventh generation. Every error has its consequences and venges itself unto the seventh generation.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The 'missing link' between ape and man will probably never be found- because it was an embryo. The 'missing link' between ape and man will probably never be found- because it was an embryo.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Faith is a wondrous thing; it is not only capable of moving mountains, but also of making you believe that a herring is a race horse. Faith is a wondrous thing; it is not only capable of moving mountains, but also of making you believe that a herring is a race horse.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity. Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The distance between the library and the bedroom is astronomical The distance between the library and the bedroom is astronomical
Arthur Koestler quotes: The temptations of God were always more dangerous for mankind than those of Satan. The temptations of God were always more dangerous for mankind than those of Satan.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Hitherto man had to live with the idea of death as an individual; from now onward mankind will have to live with the idea of its death as a species. Hitherto man had to live with the idea of death as an individual; from now onward mankind will have to live with the idea of its death as a species.
Arthur Koestler quotes: No writer or teacher or artist can escape the responsibility of influencing others whether he intends to or not, whether he is conscious of it or not. No writer or teacher or artist can escape the responsibility of influencing others whether he intends to or not, whether he is conscious of it or not.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Every creative act involves a new innocence or perception, liberated from the cataract of accepted belief. Every creative act involves a new innocence or perception, liberated from the cataract of accepted belief.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Habit is the denial of creativity and the negation of freedom; a self-imposed straitjacket of which the wearer is unaware. Habit is the denial of creativity and the negation of freedom; a self-imposed straitjacket of which the wearer is unaware.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Honor is decency without vanity. Honor is decency without vanity.
Arthur Koestler quotes: There is an abundance of ancient place names in the Ukraine and Poland, which derive from 'Khazar' or 'Zhid' (Jew). There is an abundance of ancient place names in the Ukraine and Poland, which derive from 'Khazar' or 'Zhid' (Jew).
Arthur Koestler quotes: Nothing is worse in prison than the consciousness of one's innocenc; it prevents acclimatizatin and undermines one's morale ... Nothing is worse in prison than the consciousness of one's innocenc; it prevents acclimatizatin and undermines one's morale ...
Arthur Koestler quotes: You opposed fascism, then you ditched communism.'No, I didn't. Communism ditched me by turning into Stalinism'. You opposed fascism, then you ditched communism.
'No, I didn't. Communism ditched me by turning into Stalinism'.
Arthur Koestler quotes: In the pun, two strings of thought are tangled into one acoustic knot. In the pun, two strings of thought are tangled into one acoustic knot.
Arthur Koestler quotes: A publisher who writes is like a cow in a milk bar. A publisher who writes is like a cow in a milk bar.
Arthur Koestler quotes: God seems to have left the receiver off the hook and time is running out. God seems to have left the receiver off the hook and time is running out.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The self-assertive tendency is the dynamic expression of the holon's wholeness, the integrative tendency, the dynamic expression of its partness. The self-assertive tendency is the dynamic expression of the holon's wholeness, the integrative tendency, the dynamic expression of its partness.
Arthur Koestler quotes: History knows no scruples and no hesitation. Inert and unnering flows towards her goal. History knows herway. She makes no mistakes. History knows no scruples and no hesitation. Inert and unnering flows towards her goal. History knows herway. She makes no mistakes.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Adolescence is a kind of emotional seasickness. Both are funny, but only in retrospect. Adolescence is a kind of emotional seasickness. Both are funny, but only in retrospect.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Newton's apple and Cezanne's apple are discoveries more closely related than they seem. Newton's apple and Cezanne's apple are discoveries more closely related than they seem.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The new frontiers to be conquered are mainly in the convolutions of the cortex. The new frontiers to be conquered are mainly in the convolutions of the cortex.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The individual is not a killer, but the group is, and by identifying with it the individual is transformed into a killer. The individual is not a killer, but the group is, and by identifying with it the individual is transformed into a killer.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Creativity in science could be described as the act of putting two and two together to make five Creativity in science could be described as the act of putting two and two together to make five
Arthur Koestler quotes: We cannot unthink unless we are insane. We cannot unthink unless we are insane.
Arthur Koestler quotes: A writer's ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary readers for ten readers in ten years' time and for one reader in a hundred years' time. A writer's ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary readers for ten readers in ten years' time and for one reader in a hundred years' time.
Arthur Koestler quotes: There is only one prospect worse than being chained to an intolerable existence: The nightmare of a botched attempt to end it. There is only one prospect worse than being chained to an intolerable existence: The nightmare of a botched attempt to end it.
Arthur Koestler quotes: A sadist is a person who is kind to a masochist. A sadist is a person who is kind to a masochist.
Arthur Koestler quotes: Perhaps he did not know himself - like all these intellectual cynics ... Perhaps he did not know himself - like all these intellectual cynics ...
Arthur Koestler quotes: In creating the human brain, evolution has wildly overshot the mark. In creating the human brain, evolution has wildly overshot the mark.
Arthur Koestler quotes: If the creator has a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely would have meant for us to stick it out. 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 quotes: Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The fact is: I no longer believe in my own infallibility. That is why I am lost. The fact is: I no longer believe in my own infallibility. That is why I am lost.
Arthur Koestler quotes: History is a priori amoral; it has no conscience. History is a priori amoral; it has no conscience.
Arthur Koestler quotes: The jester is brother to the sage. The jester is brother to the sage.