Malcolm Muggeridge

Malcolm Muggeridge

British Broadcaster

Lived from: 1903-1990

Quotes: Malcolm Muggeridge

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    Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time.
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    Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.
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    I can say that I never knew what joy was like until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus.
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    In retrospect, all these exercises in self-gratification seem pure fantasy, what Pascal called, licking the earth.
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    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.
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    One of the stupidest theories of Western life.
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    Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.
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    St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.
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    Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity.
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    The most terrible thing about materialism, even more terrible than its proneness to violence, is its boredom, from which sex, alcohol, drugs, all devices for putting out the accusing light of reason and suppressing the unrealizable aspirations of love, offer a prospect of deliverance.
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    The orgasm has replaced the Cross as the focus of longing and the image of fulfillment.
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    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.
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    The trouble with kingdoms of heaven on earth is that they're liable to come to pass, and then their fraudulence is apparent for all to see. We need a kingdom of heaven in Heaven, if only because it can't be realized.
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    There's nothing is this world more instinctively abhorrent to me than finding myself in agreement with my fellow-humans.
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    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.
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