41 Total Quotes

Arthur Koestler Quotes

cheerfully slain in the name of the true religion, just policy, or correct ideology
Arthur Koestler
#Ideology

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
#Ambition #Hungarian Novelist

If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out
Arthur Koestler
#God

Two half-truths do not make a truth, and two half-cultures do not make a culture.
Arthur Koestler
#Culture

The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million.
Arthur Koestler
#Hungarian Novelist #Definition

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
#Evolution

The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we know.
Arthur Koestler
#Hungarian Novelist #Art

Prometheus is reaching out for the stars with an empty grin on his face.
Arthur Koestler
#Hungarian Novelist

The moment of truth, the sudden emergence of a new insight, is an act of intuition. Such intuitions give the appearance of miraculous flushes, or short-circuits of reasoning. In fact they may be likened to an immersed chain, of which only the beginning and the end are visible above the surface of consciousness. The diver vanishes at one end of the chain and comes up at the other end, guided by invisible links.
Arthur Koestler
#Enlightenment

True creativity often starts where language ends.
Arthur Koestler
#Hungarian Novelist

Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion
Arthur Koestler
#Illusion

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.
Arthur Koestler
#Courage #Hungarian Novelist

The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
Arthur Koestler
#Genius #Hungarian Novelist

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
Arthur Koestler
#Hungarian Novelist #Discovery

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
Arthur Koestler
#Hungarian Novelist

If one looks with a cold eye at the mess man has made of history, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that he has been afflicted by some built-in mental disorder which drives him towards self-destruction
Arthur Koestler
#Conclusion

The most persistent sound which reverberates through men's history is the beating of war drums
Arthur Koestler
#War

Scientists are peeping Toms at the keyhole of eternity
Arthur Koestler
#Scientists

Nobody before the Pythagorean had thought that mathematical relations held the secret of the universe. Twenty-five centuries later, Europe is still blessed and cursed with their heritage. To non-European civilizations, the idea that numbers are the key to both wisdom and power, seems never to have occurred.
Arthur Koestler
#Mathematics

When all is said, its atmosphere (England's) still contains fewer germs of aggression and brutality per cubic foot in a crowded bus, pub or queue than in any other country in which I have lived
Arthur Koestler
#Aggression #Atmosphere #England

Politics can be relatively fair in the breathing spaces of history; at its critical turning points there is no other rule possible than the old one, that the end justifies the means.
Arthur Koestler
#Hungarian Novelist

If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely would have meant for us to stick it out
Arthur Koestler
#Belief