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Arthur Koestler
September 5, 1905 - March 3, 1983
Nationality: Hungarian
Category: Novelist
Subcategory: Hungarian Novelist

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.

    Topics: Courage

The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.


The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.


The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we know.


A publisher who writes is like a cow in a milk bar.


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.


True creativity often starts where language ends.


Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.


Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.


A writer's ambition should be to trade a hundred contemporary readers for ten readers in ten years' time and for one reader in a hundred years' time.


One may not regard the world as a sort of metaphysical brothel for emotions.


The most persistent sound which reverberates through man's history is the beating of war drums.


The progress of science is strewn, like an ancient desert trail, with the bleached skeleton of discarded theories which once seemed to possess eternal life.


Prometheus is reaching out for the stars with an empty grin on his face.


The definition of the individual was: a multitude of one million divided by one million.


Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.


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