The sanitary and mechanical age we are now entering makes up for the mercy it grants to our sense of smell by the ferocity with which it assails our sense of hearing.
Havelock Ellis Quotes
Thinking in its lower grades is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.
In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met along the way.
The place where optimism flourishes most is the lunatic asylum.
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.
It is one of the first days of Spring, and I sit once more in the old garden where I hear no faintest echo of the obscene rumbling of London streets which are yet so little away. Here the only movement I am conscious of is that of the trees shooting forth their first sprays […]
The sun and the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
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.
Life is livable because we know that whatever we go most of the people we meet will be restrained in their actions towards us by an almost instinctive network of taboos.
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.