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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.
  • Laughter and weeping, the Greek masks of comedy and tragedy, mark the extremes of a continuous spectrum; both provide channels for the overflow of emotion; both are "luxury reflexes" without apparent ...
    Arthur Koestler (1905-1983), Hungarian-born British. "Art and Emotion"novelist, essayist, Bricks to Babel: Selected Writings with Comments by the Auth...
  • 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 w...
    Arthur Koestler (1905-1983), Hungarian-born British author. "A Taste of Zen," Bricks to Babel: Selected Writings with Comments by the Author, Hutchiso...
  • ''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).
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