Havelock Ellis Quotes

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Every artist writes his own autobiography.

autobiography artists

When love is suppressed hate takes its place.

love love and hate

No faith is our own that we have not arduously won.
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faith

To learn to dance is the most austere of disciplines.

dancing

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

leadership

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

beliefs

Charm is a woman's strength, just as strength is a man's charm.

charm men and women Strength

The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.

optimism

The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a wilderness.

heaven

The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.

sex

The great writer finds style as the mystic finds God, in his own soul.

style

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows.
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intelligence

It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.

failure

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.

life art of living

A religion can no more afford to degrade its Devil than to degrade its God.

devil religion

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

Jealousy: that dragon which slays love under the pretense of keeping it alive.

jealousy

The mathematician has reached the highest rung on the ladder of human thought.

mathematics

The greater the number of laws, the greater the number of offenses against them.
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For the artist life is always a discipline, and no discipline can be without pain.

discipline

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

civilization revolution

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

risk-taking

Thinking in its lower grades is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.

thinking

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.
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religion

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

goals

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

The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
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technology machines

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

environment

The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the servants of man.

machines

The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters, of man.
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Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation of abstraction from life; it is life itself.
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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.

dance dancing

If men and women are to understand each other, to enter into each other's natures with mutual sympathy, and to become capable of genuine comradeship, the foundation must be laid in youth.

men and women