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

— Havelock Ellis

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It is only the great men who are truly obscene.

If they had not dared to be obscene, they could never have dared to be great.

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

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

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

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Pain and death are a part of life. To reject them is to reject 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.

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The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.

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Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to reverence life until we know how to understand sex.

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

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

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

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About Havelock Ellis

Quotes 107 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Psychologist
Birthday October 16

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

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

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

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

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Every artist writes his own autobiography.

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Of woman as a real human being, with sexual needs and sexual responsibilities, morality has often known nothing.

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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.

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What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command.

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Civilized men arrived in the Pacific, armed with alcohol, syphilis, trousers, and the Bible.

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

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Liberty is always unfinished business

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The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.

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

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

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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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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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The omnipresent process of sex, as it is woven into the whole texture of our man's or woman's body, is the pattern of all the process of our life.

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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.

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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.

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The second great channel through which the impulse towards the control of procreation for the elevation of the race is entering into practical life is by the general adoption, by the educated—of methods for the prevention of conception except when conception is deliberately desired.

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In the early days of Christianity the exercise of chastity was frequently combined with a close and romantic intimacy of affection between the sexes which shocked austere moralists.

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

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A sublime faith in human imbecility has seldom led those who cherish it astray.

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So far as business and money are concerned, a country gains nothing by a successful war, even though that war involves the acquisition of immense new provinces.

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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.

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

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The family only represents one aspect, however important an aspect, of a human being's functions and activities. A life is beautiful and ideal or the reverse, only when we have taken into our consideration the social as well as the family relationship.

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The conflict of forces and the struggle of opposing wills are of the essence of our universe and alone hold it together.

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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.

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

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Philosophy is a purely personal matter.

A genuine philosopher's credo is the outcome of a single complex personality; it cannot be transferred. No two persons, if sincere, can have the same philosophy.

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The average husband enjoys the total effect of his home but is usually unable to contribute any of the details of work and organisation that make it enjoyable.

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

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

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Failing to find in women exactly the same kind of sexual emotions, as they find in themselves, men have concluded that there are none there at all.

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