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If the creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.
—  Arthur Koestler
In the index to the six hundred odd pages of Arnold Toynbee's A Study of History, abridged version, the names of Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes and Newton do not occur yet their cosmic quest destroyed the medieval vision of an immutable social order in a walled-in universe and transformed the European landscape, society, culture, habits and general outlook, as thoroughly as if a new species had arisen on this planet.
—  Arthur Koestler
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward.
—  Arthur Koestler
Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where teacher and pupil are located in the same individual.
—  Arthur Koestler
Nobody before the Pythagoreans had thought that mathematical relations held the secret of the universe. Twenty-five centuries later, Europe is still blessed and cursed with their heritage. To non-European civilizations, the idea that numbers are the key to both wisdom and power, seems never to have occurred.
—  Arthur Koestler
The principal mark of a genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
—  Arthur Koestler
Scientists are peeping toms at the keyhole of eternity.
—  Arthur Koestler

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