Arthur Koestler

1905 - 1983

A Quote by Arthur Koestler on eternity and scientists

Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.

Arthur Koestler (1905 - 1983)

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A Quote by Arthur Koestler on culture, destruction, habits, history, names, order, society, study, universe, and vision

In the index to the six hundred odd pages of Arnold Toynbee's A Study of History, abridged version, the names of Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes and Newton do not occur yet their cosmic quest destroyed the medieval vision of an immutable social order in a walled-in universe and transformed the European landscape, society, culture, habits and general outlook, as thoroughly as if a new species had arisen on this planet.

Arthur Koestler (1905 - 1983)

Source: G. Simmons Calculus Gems, New York: McGraw Hill Inc., 1992.

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A Quote by Arthur Koestler on ideas, power, secrets, thought, universe, and wisdom

Nobody before the Pythagoreans had thought that mathematical relations held the secret of the universe. Twenty-five centuries later, Europe is still blessed and cursed with their heritage. To non-European civilizations, the idea that numbers are the key to both wisdom and power, seems never to have occurred.

Arthur Koestler (1905 - 1983)

Source: The Sleepwalkers. 1959.

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A Quote by Arthur Koestler on purpose

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If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.

Arthur Koestler (1905 - 1983)

Source: quoted in Encounter

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A Quote by Arthur Koestler on discovery and originality

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

Arthur Koestler (1905 - 1983)

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A Quote by Arthur Koestler on creativity, individuality, learning, and teachers

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

Arthur Koestler (1905 - 1983)

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A Quote by Arthur Koestler on genius, originality, and perfection

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

Arthur Koestler (1905 - 1983)

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