Arthur Koestler Quotes

13 Arthur Koestler quotes:

"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"
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"The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards."
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"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"
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"Two half-truths do not make a truth, and two half-cultures do not make a culture."
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"Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears."
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"If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely would have meant for us to stick it out"
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"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."
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"The process of evolution may be described as differentiation of structure and integration of function. The more differentiated and specialized the parts, the more elaborate co-ordination is needed to create a well-balanced whole. The ultimate criterion of the value of a functional whole is the degree of its internal harmony or integratedness, whether the functional whole is a biological species or a civilization or an individual. A whole is defined by the pattern of relations between its parts, not by the sum of its parts; and a civilization is not defined by the sum of its science, technology, art and social organization, but by the total pattern which they form, and the degree of harmonious integration in that pattern."
"The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers."
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"If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out."
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"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."
"Space-ships and time machines are no escape from the human condition. Let Othello subject Desdemona to a lie-detector test; his jealousy will still blind him to the evidence. Let Oedipus triumph over gravity; he won't triumph over his fate."
"Scientists are peeping Toms at the keyhole of eternity"

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