Arthur Koestler

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Arthur Koestler

Arthur Koestler

Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.More Arthur Koestler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
True creativity often starts where language ends.More Arthur Koestler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million.More Arthur Koestler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.More Arthur Koestler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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 [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.More Arthur Koestler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.More Arthur Koestler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Prometheus is reaching out for the stars with an empty grin on his face.More Arthur Koestler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.More Arthur Koestler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The moment of truth, the sudden emergence of a new insight, is an act of intuition. Such intuitions give the appearance of miraculous flushes, or short-circuits of reasoning. In fact they may be likened to an immersed chain, of which only the beginning and the end are visible above the surface of consciousness. The diver vanishes at one end of the chain and comes up at the other end, guided by invisible links.More Arthur Koestler [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A publisher who writes is like a cow in a milk bar.More Arthur Koestler [08/05/2011 02:08:42]
Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.More Arthur Koestler [08/05/2011 02:08:02]
One may not regard the world as a sort of metaphysical brothel for emotions.More Arthur Koestler [08/05/2011 02:08:29]
The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we knowMore Arthur Koestler [08/05/2011 02:08:30]
The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiersMore Arthur Koestler [08/05/2011 02:08:49]
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 useMore Arthur Koestler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.More Arthur Koestler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If the Creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.More Arthur Koestler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Every creative act involves...a new innocence of perception, liberated
from the cataract of accepted belief.More Arthur Koestler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Creative activity could be described as a type of learning
process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.More Arthur Koestler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The inner censor of the mind of the true believer completes the work of the public censor; his self-discipline is as tyrannical as the obedience imposed by the regime; he terrorizes his own conscience into submission; he carries his private Iron Curtain inside his skull, to protect his illusions against the intrusion of reality.More Arthur Koestler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
...the crimes of violence committed for selfish, personal motives are historically insignificant compared to those committed ad majorem gloriam Dei, out of a self-sacrificing devotion to the flag, a leader, a religious faith or political conviction.More Arthur Koestler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think most historians will agree that the part played by impulses of selfish, individual aggression in the holocausts of history was small; first and foremost, the slaughter was meant as an offering to the gods, to king and country, or the future happiness of mankind. The crimes of Caligula shrink to insignificance compared to the havoc wrought by Torquemada. The number of victims of robbers, highwaymen, rapists, gangsters and other criminals at any period of history is negligible compared to the massive numbers ofMore Arthur Koestler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Habit is the denial of creativity and the negation of freedom; a self-imposed straitjacket of which the wearer is unaware.More Arthur Koestler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
...we are apt to forget that the vast majority of men and women who fell under the totalitarian spell was activated by unselfish motives, ready to accept the role of martyr or executioner, as the cause demanded.More Arthur Koestler [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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