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Havelock Ellis Quotes


A British doctor, sexual psychologist and social reformer.
(1859 - 1939)

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"Charm" - which means the power to effect work without employing brute force - is indispensable to women. Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm.
 

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

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

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

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

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.
 

Birth-control is effecting, and promising to effect, many functions in our social life.
 

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.
[Applause]
 

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

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.
[Education]
 

Every artist writes his own autobiography.
[Art]
 

Every man of genius sees the world at a different angle from his fellows, and there is his tragedy.
 

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.
 

For every fresh stage in our lives we need a fresh education, and there is no stage for which so little educational preparation is made as that which follows the reproductive period.
 

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

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.
 

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.
 

Imagination is a poor substitute for experience.
[Imagination]
 

In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met with by the way.
[Philosophy]
 

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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