Havelock Ellis

(Henry Havelock Ellis)

Havelock Ellis
Havelock Ellis
  • Born: February 2, 1859
  • Died: July 8, 1939
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Psychologist









Henry Havelock Ellis, known as Havelock Ellis, was an English physician, writer, progressive intellectual and social reformer who studied human sexuality. He co-authored the first medical textbook in English on homosexuality in 1897, and also published works on a variety of sexual practices and inclinations, as well as on transgender psychology. He is credited with introducing the notions of narcissism and autoeroticism, later adopted by psychoanalysis. Ellis was among the pioneering investigators of psychedelic drugs and the author of one of the first written reports to the public about an experience with mescaline, which he conducted on himself in 1896. He supported eugenics and served as president of the Eugenics Society.

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All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution. Time ;Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Civilized men arrived in the Pacific, armed with alcohol, syphilis, trousers, and the Bible. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Not one rebel or many rebels can change a government by force. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place. Development & Growth
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. States. Nations & Nationhood
There is held to be no surer test of civilization than the increase per head of the consumption of alcohol and tobacco. Yet alcohol and tobacco are recognizable poisons, so that their consumption has only to be carried far enough to destroy civilization altogether. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men. Leaders & Leadership
What we call “morals” is simply blind obedience to words of command. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest.
A sublime faith in human imbecility has seldom led those who cherish it astray. Religion & God
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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. Life
'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. Women ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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
Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life? 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, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Life
Every artist writes his own autobiography. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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. Women
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks. Life
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. Happiness & Unhappiness
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. Women ;Nature ;Sympathy
In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met with by the way.
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. Romantic
It has always been difficult for Man to realize that his life is all an art. It has been more difficult to conceive it so than to act it so. For that is always how he has more or less acted it. Life ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
It is becoming clear that the old platitudes can no longer be maintained, and that if we wish to improve our morals we must first improve our knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success. Success
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.
Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Man lives by imagination.
Men who know themselves are no longer fools. They stand on the threshold of the door of Wisdom.
No act can be quite so intimate as the sexual embrace.
Of woman as a real human being, with sexual needs and sexual responsibilities, morality has often known nothing.
One can know nothing of giving aught that is worthy to give unless one also knows how to take.
Pain and death are part of life. To reject them is to reject life itself. Life ;Death
Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to reverence life until we know how to understand sex. Life
Socialism also brings us up against the hard rock of eugenic fact which, if we neglect it, will dash our most beautiful social construction to fragments.
Still, whether we like it or not, the task of speeding up the decrease of the human population becomes increasingly urgent.
The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.
The art of dancing stands at the source of all the arts that express themselves first in the human person. The art of building, or architecture, is the beginning of all the arts that lie outside the person; and in the end they unite. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
The average husband enjoys the total effect of his home but is usually unable to contribute any of the details of work and organisation that make it enjoyable. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The by-product is sometimes more valuable than the product.
The family only represents one aspect, however important an aspect, of a human being's functions and activities. A life is beautiful and ideal or the reverse, only when we have taken into our consideration the social as well as the family relationship. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
The husband - by primitive instinct partly, certainly by ancient tradition - regards himself as the active partner in matters of love and his own pleasure as legitimately the prime motive for activity. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
The mathematician has reached the highest rung on the ladder of human thought.
The omnipresent process of sex, as it is woven into the whole texture of our man's or woman's body, is the pattern of all the process of our life. Life
The parents have not only to train their children: it is of at least equal importance that they should train themselves.
The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.
The prevalence of suicide, without doubt, is a test of height in civilization; it means that the population is winding up its nervous and intellectual system to the utmost point of tension and that sometimes it snaps.
The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.
The relation of the individual person to the species he belongs to is the most intimate of all relations.
The romantic embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Romantic
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.
The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands. Nature
There is a very intimate connection between hypnotic phenomena and religion. Religion & God
There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it. War & Peace
Thinking in its lower grades, is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry. Money, Coins & Minting ;Literature, Writers & Writing
What we call 'morals' is simply blind obedience to words of command.
What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.
When love is suppressed hate takes its place. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex