Arthur Koestler

Arthur Koestler

was a Hungarian author of essays, novels and autobiographies
You can't help people being right for the wrong reasons...This fear of finding oneself in bad company is not an expression of political purity; it is an expression of a lack of self-confidence.More Arthur Koestler quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Man's destiny was no longer determined from 'above' by a super-human wisdom and will, but from 'below' by the sub-human agencies of glands, genes, atoms, or waves of probability. ...they could determine his fate, but could provide him with no moral guidance, no values and meaning. A puppet of the Gods is a tragic figure, a puppet suspended on his chromosomes is merely grotesque.More Arthur Koestler quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.More Arthur Koestler quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
All "if" statements about the past are as dubious as prophecies of the future are. It seems fairly plausible that if Alexander or Ghengis Khan had never been born, some other individual would have filled his place and executed the design of the Hellenic or Mongolic expansion; but the Alexanders of philosophy and religion, of science and art, seem less expendable; their impact seems less determined by economic challenges and social pressures; and they seem to have a much wider range of possibilities to influence the dirMore Arthur Koestler quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We find in the history of ideas mutations which do not seem to correspond to any obvious need, and at first sight appear as mere playful whimsies such as Apollonius' work on conic sections, or the non-Euclidean geometries, whose practical value became apparent only later.More Arthur Koestler quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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