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Arthur Koestler

Data de nascimento: 5. Setembro 1905
Data de falecimento: 1. Março 1983

Arthur Koestler foi um jornalista, escritor, e ativista político judeu húngaro radicado no Reino Unido.


„Podemos alargar os conhecimentos, nunca amputá-los.“

„Fez o melhor que podia — não foi bom o bastante.“


„Um indivíduo é uma multidão de um milhão dividida por um milhão.“

„A criatividade é um tipo de processo de aprendizagem em que o professor e o aluno se encontram no mesmo indivíduo.“

„The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.“

„Satan, on the contrary, is thin, ascetic and a fanatical devotee of logic. He reads Machiavelli, Ignatius of Loyola, Marx and Hegel; he is cold and unmerciful to mankind, out of a kind of mathematical mercifulness. He is damned always to do that which is most repugnant to him: to become a slaughterer, in order to abolish slaughtering, to sacrifice lambs so that no more lambs may be slaughtered, to whip people with knouts so that they may learn not to let themselves be whipped, to strip himself of every scruple in the name of a higher scrupulousness, and to challenge the hatred of mankind because of his love for it--an abstract and geometric love.“ Darkness at Noon

„Creative activity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.“ Drinkers of Infinity: Essays 1955-1967

„Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.“


„Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.“

„History had a slow pulse; man counted in years, history in generations“ Darkness at Noon

„Our Press and our schools cultivate Chauvinism, militarism, dogmatism, conformism and ignorance. The arbitrary power of the Government is unlimited, and unexampled in history; freedom of the Press, of opinion and of movement are as thoroughly exterminated as though the proclamation of the Rights of Man had never been. We have built up the most gigantic police apparatus, with informers made a national institution, and the most refined scientific system of political and mental torture. We whip the groaning masses of the country towards a theoretical future happiness, which only we can.“ Darkness at Noon

„The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.“


„The principle that the end justifies the means is and remains the only rule of political ethics; anything else is just a vague chatter and melts away between one’s fingers.“ Darkness at Noon

„I went to Communism as one goes to a spring of fresh water, and I left Communism as one clambers out of a poisoned river strewn with the wreckage of flooded cities and the corpses of the drowned.“

„Ivanov- "Up to now, all revolutions have been made by moralizing diletantes. They were always in good faith and perished because of their dilettantism. We for the first time are consequent..."

"Yes," said Rubashov. "So consequent, that in the interests of a just distribution of land we deliberately let die of starvation about five million farmers and their families in one year. So consequent were we in the liberation of human beings from the shackles of industrial exploitation that we sent about ten million people to do forced labour in the Artic regions and the jungles of the East, under conditions similar to those of antique galley slaves. So consequent that, to settle a difference of opinion, we know only one argument: death, whether it is a matter of submarines, manure, or the Party line to be followed in Indo-China....“
Darkness at Noon

„The hangman is a disgrace to any civilized country.“

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