Arthur Koestler


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Arthur Koestler (5 September 1905 – 1 March 1983) was a Hungarian-British author and journalist. Koestler was born in Budapest and, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. In 1931 Koestler joined the Communist Party of Germany until, disillusioned by Stalinism, he resigned in 1938. In 1940 he published his novel Darkness at Noon, an anti-totalitarian work, which gained him ... more »

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  • ''Prometheus is reaching out for the stars with an empty grin on his face.''
    Arthur Koestler (1905-1983), Hungarian-born British author. New York Times (July 21, 1969). On the first moon-landing.
  • ''The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million.''
    Arthur Koestler (1905-1983), Hungarian-born British author. Darkness at Noon, "The Grammatical Fiction," (1940). The teaching of the Party.
  • ''The ultimate truth is penultimately always a falsehood. He who will be proved right in the end appears to be wrong and harmful before it.''
    Arthur Koestler (1905-1983), Hungarian-born British author. Extract from Rubashov's diary, in "The Second Hearing," ch. 1, Darkness at Noon (1940).
  • ''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.''
    Arthur Koestler (1905-1983), Hungarian-born British author. Extract from Rubashov's diary, in "The Second Hearing," ch. 1, Darkness at Noon (1940).
  • ''The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.''
    Arthur Koestler (1905-1983), Hungarian-born British author. Janus: A Summing Up, "Prologue: The New Calendar," sct. 1 (1978).
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