Quotes by Havelock Ellis

Havelock Ellis

Havelock Ellis

British psychologist

Alive from: 1859-1939

Category: Psychology

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    Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.
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    A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest.
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    All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
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    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.
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    Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?
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    Every artist writes his own autobiography.
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    However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Pain and death are a part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself.
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    The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.
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    The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.
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    The place where optimism flourishes most is in the lunatic asylum.
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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.
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