Quotations From ARTHUR KOESTLER


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  • 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.
  • 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).

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • The Régime did not want Communists; it wanted robots. It will take at least a generation to change them back into humans again.
    Arthur Koestler (1905-1983), Hungarian-born British author. "The Shadow of a Tree," pt. 2, The Trail of the Dinosaur (1955).

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  • True creativity often starts where language ends.
    Arthur Koestler (1905-1983), Hungarian-born British novelist, essayist. The Act of Creation, bk. 1, pt. 2, ch. 7 (1964).
  • 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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