Quotations by Arthur Koestler
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Born: Tuesday, September 5, 1905
Died: Thursday, March 3, 1983 (77 years old)
A publisher who writes is like a cow in a milk bar.
A writer's ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary readers for ten readers in ten years' time and for one reader in a hundred years' time.
(Keywords: Time, Ambition, Trade, Writer, Years)
Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.
(Keywords: Courage, Actions)
Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.
(Keywords: Death, Illusion, Nothing)
One may not regard the world as a sort of metaphysical brothel for emotions.
(Keywords: Emotions, May, World)
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.
(Keywords: Politics, History, End, Old)
Prometheus is reaching out for the stars with an empty grin on his face.
Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.
(Keywords: Eternity, Scientists)
The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million.
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
(Keywords: Discovery, Obvious)
The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.
(Keywords: History, War, Man, Sound)
The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we know.
(Keywords: Art, Originality)
The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
(Keywords: Genius, Originality, Perfection)
The progress of science is strewn, like an ancient desert trail, with the bleached skeleton of discarded theories which once seemed to possess eternal life.
(Keywords: Life, Science, Progress, Theories)
True creativity often starts where language ends.
(Keywords: Creativity, Language)