Havelock Ellis


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Henry Havelock Ellis, known as Havelock Ellis (2 February 1859 – 8 July 1939), was a British physician and psychologist, writer, and social reformer who studied human sexuality. He was co-author of the first medical textbook in English on homosexuality in 1897, and also published works on a variety of sexual practices and inclinations, including transgender psychology. He is credited with ... more »

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  • ''To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men.''
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. Against the Grain, introduction, Joris Karl Huysmans (1884).
  • ''I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians, a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking to fight his way back to happiness.''
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. Impressions and Comments, entry for Sept. 3, 1913 (1914). Referring to Beethoven.
  • It is curious how there seems to be an instinctive disgust in Man for his nearest ancestors and relations. If only Darwin could conscientiously have traced man back to the Elephant or the Lion or the ...
    Havelock Ellis (1859-1939), British psychologist. Impressions and Comments, entry for May 8, 1913 (1914).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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