Quotations From HAVELOCK ELLIS

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  • The prevalence of suicide, without doubt, is a test of height in civilization; it means that the population is winding up its nervous and intellectual system to the utmost point of tension and that sometimes it snaps.
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. The Dance of Life, ch. 7 (1923).

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  • Einstein is not ... merely an artist in his moments of leisure and play, as a great statesman may play golf or a great soldier grow orchids. He retains the same attitude in the whole of his work. He traces science to its roots in emotion, which is exactly where art is also rooted.
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. The Dance of Life, ch. 3 (1923).

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  • A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest.
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. The Dance of Life, ch. 5 (1923).
  • The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago ... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. The Dance of Life, ch. 7 (1923).

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  • We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilisation.
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. The Dance of Life, ch. 7 (1923).
  • All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. Little Essays of Love and Virtue, ch. 7 (1922).

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  • Every artist writes his own autobiography.
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. The New Spirit, "Tolstoi," (1890).
  • There is held to be no surer test of civilisation than the increase per head of the consumption of alcohol and tobacco. Yet alcohol and tobacco are recognisable poisons, so that their consumption has only to be carried far enough to destroy civilisation altogether.
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. The Dance Of Life, ch. 7 (1923).
  • It has always been difficult for Man to realise that his life is all an art. It has been more difficult to conceive it so than to act it so. For that is always how he has more or less acted it.
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. The Dance Of Life, ch. 1 (1923).

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  • Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. On Life and Sex: Essays of Love and Virtue, ch. 1 (1937).

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