Arthur Koestler was an acclaimed British author and journalist. In the early days of his career he moved to Palestine to find a job. After struggling with some menial jobs for a year he landed up a job as Jerusalem-based correspondent for ‘German Newspapers’. He had to travel extensively for work which helped him gain expertise in political writing and nurtured his reputation as a journalist. He then wrote his first memoir ‘Spanish Testament’ which described his experiences as a prisoner during the Spanish Civil War. This got him some fame which encouraged him to write his first novel ‘The Gladiators’ which discussed the corrupt practices in Stalin’s socialism. Then he wrote ‘Darkness at Noon’ which turned out to be his most notable work. His second memoir ‘Scum of the Earth’ which described his life as a prisoner of the concentration camp in France, was also well-appreciated. He was honored with the ‘Sonning Prize’ for ‘Outstanding contribution to European culture". He shared his experiences and thoughts through his writings and some of his thoughts and sayings are quoted extensively. Here is a collection of sayings and quotes by Arthur Koestler which have been excerpted from his work, writings, books, memoirs and thoughts.
The 'gallows' are not only a symbol of death, but also a symbol of cruelty, terror and irreverence for life; the common denominator of primitive savagery, medieval fanaticism and modern totalitarianism.