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Havelock Ellis Quotes

(1859-1939), British Psychologist

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

Category: Achievement

Every artist writes his own autobiography.

Category: Arts And Artists

All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.

Category: Civilization

A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest.

Category: Creeds

We cannot be sure that we ought not to regard the most criminal country as that which in some aspects possesses the highest civilization.

Category: Crime And Criminals

Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.

Category: Dance And Dancing

However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks.

Category: Danger

Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?

Category: Dreams

There is held to be no surer test of civilization than the increase per head of the consumption of alcohol and tobacco. Yet alcohol and tobacco are recognizable poisons, so that their consumption has only to be carried far enough to destroy civilization altogether.

Category: Drugs

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

Category: Ecology

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 Antelope, how much ridicule and prejudice would have been spared to the doctrine of Evolution.

Category: Evolution

Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.

Category: Fools And Foolishness

Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.

Category: Jealousy

To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men.

Category: Leaders And Leadership

It has always been difficult for Man to realize 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.

Category: Life And Living