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Malcolm Muggeridge Quotes

24 Malcolm Muggeridge quotes:

"There is something ridiculous and even quite indecent in an individual claiming to be happy. Still more a people or a nation making such a claim. The pursuit of happiness... is without any question the most fatuous which could possibly be undertaken. This lamentable phrase ''the pursuit of happiness'' is responsible for a good part of the ills and miseries of the modern world."
"The genius of Man in our time has gone into jet-propulsion, atom-splitting, penicillin-curing, etc. There is none over for works of imagination; of spiritual insight or mystical enlightenment. I asked for bread and was given a tranquilizer. It is important to recognize that in our time man has not written one word, thought one thought, put two notes or two bricks together, splashed color on to canvas or concrete into space, in a manner which will be of any conceivable imaginative interest to posterity."
"For as we abolish the ills and pains of the flesh we multiply those of the mind, so by the time mankind are finally delivered from disease and decay - all pasteurised, their genes counted and re-arranged, filled with new replaceable plastic organs, a"
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Mind Quotes
"On television I feel like a man playing piano in a brothel; every now and again he solaces himself by playing 'Abide with Me' in the hope of edifying both the clients and the inmates"
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Man Quotes
"Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time"
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream."
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Confidence Quotes British Journalist Quotes
"St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel."
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Class Quotes British Journalist Quotes
"Surely the glory of journalism is its transience."
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Glory Quotes British Journalist Quotes
"The pursuit of happiness, which American citizens are obliged to undertake, tends to involve them in trying to perpetuate the moods, tastes and aptitudes of youth."
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Happiness Quotes British Journalist Quotes
"The truth is that a lost empire, lost power and lost wealth provide perfect circumstances for living happily and contentedly in our enchanted island."
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Circumstance Quotes British Journalist Quotes
"People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to"
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"History will see advertising as one of the real evil things of our time. It is stimulating people constantly to want things, want this, want that."
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Advertising Quotes British Journalist Quotes
"My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength and sureness the minute a second mind as adopted it."
"One of the stupidest theories of Western life."
"like trying a man's finger for having pulled the trigger of a gun which murdered someone."
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Trying Quotes
"Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity."
"Travel, of course, narrows the mind."
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Mind Quotes British Journalist Quotes
"This horror of pain is a rather low instinct and... if I think of human beings I've known and of my own life, such as it is, I can't recall any case of pain which didn't, on the whole, enrich life."
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Instinct Quotes British Journalist Quotes
"There is no such thing as darkness; only a failure to see."
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Darkness Quotes British Journalist Quotes
"One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything."
Author: Muggeridge Quotes Category: Sin Quotes British Journalist Quotes

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