Quotes by Henry Ellis


All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
– Henry Ellis
A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest.
– Henry Ellis
A sublime faith in human imbecility has seldom led those who cherish it astray.
– Henry Ellis
All civilization has from time to time become a thin crust over a volcano of revolution.
– Henry Ellis
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.
– Henry Ellis
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.
– Henry Ellis
Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?
– Henry Ellis
Even the most scientific investigator in science, the most thoroughgoing Positivist, cannot dispense with fiction; he must at least make use of categories, and they are already fictions, analogical fictions, or labels, which give us the same pleasure as children receive when they are told the name of a thing.
– Henry Ellis
Every artist writes his own autobiography.
– Henry 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 but have confirmed the diagnosis.
– Henry Ellis
However well organized the foundations of life may be, life must always be full of risks.
– Henry Ellis
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.
– Henry Ellis
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.
– Henry Ellis
In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met with by the way.
– Henry Ellis
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.
– Henry Ellis
It is curious how there seems to be an instinctive disgust in Man for his nearest ancestors and relations. If only Darwin could conscientiously have traced man back to the Elephant or the Lion or the Antelope, how much ridicule and prejudice would have been spared to the doctrine of Evolution.
– Henry Ellis
It is here [in mathematics] that the artist has the fullest scope of his imagination.
– Henry Ellis
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.
– Henry Ellis
Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
– Henry Ellis
Man lives by imagination.
– Henry Ellis