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Arthur Koestler
1905 - 1983

Hungarian-born writer, author of Darkness at Noon (1935) and The God That Failed (1950), among others. A former Marxist, Koestler warned in his writings about flirtations with socialism and their progression to totalitarianism.


The inner censor of the mind of the true believer completes the work of the public censor; his self-discipline is as tyrannical as the obedience imposed by the regime; he terrorizes his own conscience into submission; he carries his private Iron Curtain inside his skull, to protect his illusions against the intrusion of reality.

...the crimes of violence committed for selfish, personal motives are historically insignificant compared to those committed ad majorem gloriam Dei, out of a self-sacrificing devotion to the flag, a leader, a religious faith or political conviction.

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

The Act of Creation
Habit is the denial of creativity and the negation of freedom; a self-imposed straitjacket of which the wearer is unaware.