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.|