Quotes by: Havelock Ellis
Ellis in 1913
2 February 1859|
Croydon, Surrey, England
||8 July 1939
Hintlesham, Suffolk, England
||King's College London
Birth-control is effecting, and promising to effect, many functions in our social 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.
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.
One can know nothing of giving aught that is worthy to give unless one also knows how to take.
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.
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.
The mathematician has reached the highest rung on the ladder of human thought.
The parents have not only to train their children: it is of at least equal importance that they should train themselves.
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met with by the way.
The relation of the individual person to the species he belongs to is the most intimate of all relations.
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.
However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks.
Thinking in its lower grades, is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.
What we call 'morals' is simply blind obedience to words of command.
Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn to reverence life until we know how to understand sex.
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.
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.
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.
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.