Arthur Koestler

British writer (born in Hungary) who wrote a novel exposing the Stalinist purges during the 1930s (1905-1983)

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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.
Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
God seems to have left the receiver off the hook and time is running out.
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.
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.
If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.
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.
Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.
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.
Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.
The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million.
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.

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