Arthur Koestler

Arthur Koestler

was a Hungarian author of essays, novels and autobiographies
Every error has its consequences and venges itself unto the seventh generation.More Arthur Koestler quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Zen is to religion what a Japanese "rock garden" is to a garden. Zen knows no god, no afterlife, no good and no evil, as the rock-garden knows no flowers, herbs or shrubs. It has no doctrine or holy writ: its teaching is transmitted mainly in the form of parables as ambiguous as the pebbles in the rock-garden which symbolise now a mountain, now a fleeting tiger. When a disciple asks "What is Zen?", the master's traditional answer is "Three pounds of flax" or "A decaying noodle" or "A toilet stick" or a whack on the pupMore Arthur Koestler quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As modern physics started with the Newtonian revolution, so modern philosophy starts with what one might call the Cartesian Catastrophe. The catastrophe consisted in the splitting up of the world into the realms of matter and mind, and the identification of 'mind' with conscious thinking. The result of this identification was the shallow rationalism of l' esprit Cartesien, and an impoverishment of psychology which it took three centuries to remedy even in part.More Arthur Koestler quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I have repeatedly stressed that the selfish impulses of man constitute a much less historic danger than his integrative tendencies. To put it in the simplest way: the individual who indulges in an excess of aggressive self-assertiveness incurs the penalties of society-he outlaws himself, he contracts out of the hierarchy. The true believer, on the other hand, becomes more closely knit into it; he enters the womb of his church, or party, or whatever the social holon to which he surrenders his identity.More Arthur Koestler quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Arthur Koestler quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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Walt Whitman Of all mankind the great poet is the equable man. Not in him but off from him things are grotesque or eccentric or fail of their sanity. [03/29/2018 05:03:36] More


Will Ferrell Enjoy the little fun things - like taking your kids to school - before they're all grown up. [03/29/2018 05:03:36] More


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Bob Dole I don't know how many people run for vice president and president and lose both. [03/29/2018 05:03:36] More


Jesse Livermore It takes a man a long time to learn all the lessons of all his mistakes. [03/29/2018 05:03:36] More