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

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