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Havelock Ellis
February 2, 1859 - July 8, 1939
Nationality: British
Category: Psychologist

Education, whatever else it should or should not be, must be an inoculation against the poisons of life and an adequate equipment in knowledge and skill for meeting the chances of life.


Still, whether we like it or not, the task of speeding up the decrease of the human population becomes increasingly urgent.


No act can be quite so intimate as the sexual embrace.


Socialism also brings us up against the hard rock of eugenic fact which, if we neglect it, will dash our most beautiful social construction to fragments.


The husband - by primitive instinct partly, certainly by ancient tradition - regards himself as the active partner in matters of love and his own pleasure as legitimately the prime motive for activity.


At the present day the crude theory of the sexual impulse held on one side, and the ignorant rejection of theory altogether on the other side, are beginning to be seen as both alike unjustified.


When love is suppressed hate takes its place.


The place where optimism flourishes most is the lunatic asylum.


The parents have not only to train their children: it is of at least equal importance that they should train themselves.


In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met along the way.


The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago, had they happened to be within reach of predatory human hands.


The by-product is sometimes more valuable than the product.


Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy.


The relation of the individual person to the species he belongs to is the most intimate of all relations.


It is becoming clear that the old platitudes can no longer be maintained, and that if we wish to improve our morals we must first improve our knowledge.


Birth-control is effecting, and promising to effect, many functions in our social life.


There is a very intimate connection between hypnotic phenomena and religion.


What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.


For every fresh stage in our lives we need a fresh education, and there is no stage for which so little educational preparation is made as that which follows the reproductive period.


There is nothing that war has ever achieved we could not better achieve without it.


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