Havelock Ellis Quotes

Who the Heck is Havelock Ellis?

Henry Havelock Ellis was an English physician and writer who studied human sexuality.

Born February 02, 1859
Died July 08, 1939

Best 15 Quotes by Havelock Ellis

“Had there been a Lunatic Asylum in the suburbs of Jerusalem, Jesus Christ would infallibly have been shut up in it at the outset of his public career. That interview with Satan on a pinnacle of the Temple would alone have damned him, and everything that happened after could have confirmed the diagnosis. The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a Lunatic Asylum.”

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“Imagination is a poor substitute for experience.”

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“It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene, they could never have dared to be great.”

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“The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.”

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

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

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“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”

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"Little Essays of Love and Virtue" Quotes

“Of woman as a real human being, with sexual needs and sexual responsibilities, morality has often known nothing.”

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Little Essays of Love and Virtue

"On Life and Sex" Quotes

“Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.”

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On Life and Sex

“No act can be quite so intimate as the sexual embrace.”

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On Life and Sex

“Sexual pleasure, wisely used and not abused, may prove the stimulus and liberator of our finest and most exalted activities.”

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On Life and Sex

"Studies in the Psychology of Sex" Quotes

“Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to reverence life until we know how to understand sex.”

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Studies in the Psychology of Sex

"The Dance of Life" Quotes

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

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The Dance of Life

“The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.”

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The Dance of Life

“What we call morals is simply blind obedience to words of command.”

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The Dance of Life