Zitate von Arthur Koestler

Arthur Koestler Foto
1  0

Arthur Koestler

Geburtstag: 5. September 1905
Todesdatum: 1. März 1983

Werbung

Arthur Koestler, CBE war ein österreichisch-ungarischer Schriftsteller. Er schrieb vorwiegend auf Deutsch und Englisch, vereinzelt auch auf Französisch und Ungarisch. Seine Zeitgenossen sahen ihn als bedeutendsten Renegaten der Kommunistischen Partei, der er sieben Jahre lang angehörte.

Zitate Arthur Koestler

„Einstein's space is no closer to reality than Van Gogh's sky. The glory of science is not in a truth more absolute than the truth of Bach or Tolstoy, but in the act of creation itself.“

— Arthur Koestler
Context: Einstein's space is no closer to reality than Van Gogh's sky. The glory of science is not in a truth more absolute than the truth of Bach or Tolstoy, but in the act of creation itself. The scientist's discoveries impose his own order on chaos, as the composer or painter imposes his; an order that always refers to limited aspects of reality, and is based on the observer's frame of reference, which differs from period to period as a Rembrant nude differs from a nude by Manet. The Act of Creation, London, (1970) p. 253.

Werbung

„Indeed, the ideal for a well-functioning democratic state is like the ideal for a gentleman's well-cut suit — it is not noticed.“

— Arthur Koestler
Context: Indeed, the ideal for a well-functioning democratic state is like the ideal for a gentleman's well-cut suit — it is not noticed. For the common people of Britain, Gestapo and concentration camps have approximately the same degree of reality as the monster of Loch Ness. Atrocity propaganda is helpless against this healthy lack of imagination. A Challenge to 'Knights in Rusty Armor, The New York Times, (14 February 1943).

„A puppet of the Gods is a tragic figure, a puppet suspended on his chromosomes is merely grotesque.“

— Arthur Koestler
Context: The uomo universale of the Renaissance, who was artist and craftsman, philosopher and inventor, humanist and scientist, astronomer and monk, all in one, split up into his component parts. Art lost its mythical, science its mystical inspiration; man became again deaf to the harmony of the spheres. The Philosophy of Nature became ethically neutral, and "blind" became the favourite adjective for the working of natural law. The space-spirit hierarchy was replaced by the space-time continuum.... man's destiny was no longer determined from "above" by a super-human wisdom and will, but from "below" by the sub-human agencies of glands, genes, atoms, or waves of probability.... they could determine his fate, but could provide him with no moral guidance, no values and meaning. A puppet of the Gods is a tragic figure, a puppet suspended on his chromosomes is merely grotesque. Epilogue

„Chemically induced hallucinations, delusions and raptures may be frightening or wonderfully gratifying; in either case they are in the nature of confidence tricks played on one's own nervous system.“

— Arthur Koestler
Context: I profoundly admire Aldous Huxley, both for his philosophy and uncompromising sincerity. But I disagree with his advocacy of 'the chemical opening of doors into the Other World', and with his belief that drugs can procure 'what Catholic theologians call a gratuitous grace'. Chemically induced hallucinations, delusions and raptures may be frightening or wonderfully gratifying; in either case they are in the nature of confidence tricks played on one's own nervous system. Return Trip to Nirvana from Sunday Telegraph (1967).

Werbung
Werbung
Nächster
Die heutige Jubiläen
Alexander Issajewitsch Solschenizyn Foto
Alexander Issajewitsch Solschenizyn12
russischer Schriftsteller, Dramatiker, Historiker und Lit... 1918 - 2008
Michael Richter5
deutscher Zeithistoriker und Aphoristiker 1952
Omar Khayyam Foto
Omar Khayyam9
1048 - 1131
Alma Mahler-Werfel Foto
Alma Mahler-Werfel3
österreichische Komponistin 1879 - 1964
Weitere 12 heute Jubiläen
Ähnliche Autoren
Edmund Burke Foto
Edmund Burke8
Schriftsteller, Staatsphilosoph und Politiker
Phillip Stanphone Chesterfield Foto
Phillip Stanphone Chesterfield11
britischer Diplomat
Aldous Huxley Foto
Aldous Huxley11
britischer Schriftsteller
Terry Pratchett Foto
Terry Pratchett112
englischer Fantasy-Schriftsteller
George Orwell Foto
George Orwell14
britischer Schriftsteller, Essayist und Journalist
Aneurin Bevan Foto
Aneurin Bevan1
britischer Politiker
Isaac Bashevis Singer Foto
Isaac Bashevis Singer8
polnisch-US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Literaturno...
Sefton Delmer Foto
Sefton Delmer3
englischer Journalist
Carl Zuckmayer Foto
Carl Zuckmayer7
deutscher Schriftsteller