Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Henry Havelock Ellis

English Psychologist, Essayist, Biologist

"Jealousy: that dragon which slays love under the pretense of keeping it alive."

"The tree of life is always in bloom somewhere if we only know where to look."

"To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men."

"As Science leads to the Imaginary, so Life leads to the Impossible; without them we cannot reach the heights we are born to scale."

"Dance 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."

"Dreams are real while they last. Can we say more of life?"

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

"It is certainly strange to observe... how many people seem to feel vain of their own unqualified optimism when the place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum."

"Nothing, indeed, is so likely to shock us at first as the manifest revelation of ourselves."

"Pain and death are a part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself."

"The sexual embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer."

"There is nothing that war has ever achieved we could not better achieve without it."

"To live remains an art which everyone must learn, and which no one can teach."

"We have failed to grasp the fact that mankind is becoming a single unit, and that for a unit to fight against itself is suicide."

"However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks. "

"Man lives by imagination. "

"The byproduct is sometimes more valuable than the product. "

"There has never been any country at every moment so virtuous and so wise that it has not sometimes needed to be saved from itself. "

"There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it. "

"What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance."

"Dreams are real while they last. Can we say more of life."