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 :: 1859-1939, British Psychologist

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A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Creeds]

 

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All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Civilization]

 

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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.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Dance and Dancing]

 

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Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?
~ Havelock Ellis - [Dreams]

 

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Every artist writes his own autobiography.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Arts and Artists]

 

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However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Danger]

 

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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.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Music]

 

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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.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Life and Living]

 

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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.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Evolution]

 

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Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Jealousy]

 

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Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Fools and Foolishness]

 

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Pain and death are a part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Pain]

 

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The place where optimism flourishes most is in the lunatic asylum.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Optimism]

 

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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.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Suicide]

 

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The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Obstacles]

 

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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.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Ecology]

 

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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.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Drugs]

 

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There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Achievement]

 

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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.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men.
~ Havelock Ellis - [Leaders and Leadership]

 

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