Sunday, 9 September 2012

This week's quotations

I guess when I'm writing I feel I've suddenly made company with myself. You become your own guest. 

David Ignatow

"The white man! the white man!" they shriek; "Run away, run away or we shall be eaten!"...I happened once to remark, "Lo, we come forth to look at them and they look at us ; we gaze at their complexion and they gaze at ours !" A Bedouin who understood Arabic translated this speech to the others, and it excited great merriment. In the mining towns of civilised England, where the ‘genial brickbat’ is thrown at the passing stranger, or in enlightened Scotland, where hair a few inches too long or a pair of mustachios justifies ‘mobbing’, it would have been impossible for me to mingle as I did with these wild people.

Sir Richard Burton

Of course there are no pure races left; not even the Jews have kept their blood unmingled. Successful crossings have often promoted the energy and the beauty of a nation. Race! It is a feeling, not a reality; ninety-five percent, at least, is a feeling. Nothing will ever make me believe that biologically pure races can be shown to exist today. Amusingly enough, not one of those who have proclaimed the ‘nobility’ of the Teutonic race was himself a Teuton….Anti-Semitism does not exist in Italy. Italians of Jewish birth have shown themselves good citizens, and they fought bravely in the war.

Mussolini talking to German Jewish journalist Emil Ludwig, 1932


Yet I suppose I know better than most what is the truth about this 'Nordic' nonsense. . . .that ruddy little ignoramus Adolf Hitler. . . ruining, perverting, misapplying, and making for ever accursed, that noble northern spirit, a supreme contribution to Europe, which I have ever loved, and tried to present in its true light. Nowhere, incidentally, was it nobler than in England, nor ever more early sanctified and Christianized.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Fame is but the breath of people, and that often unwholesome.


Hope is itself a species of happiness, and perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords.

Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

Our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

Dr. Johnson

The souls that never go to confession are like rooms with closed windows, which never get any fresh air in. 

Octavian Goga

Just be yourself. You'll save a lot time, money and energy by not trying to seem better than you really are.  
Carmen Jurgens

I might even get rich - small-town rich, an eight-room house, two cars in the garage, chicken every Sunday and the Reader's Digest on the living room table, the wife with a cast-iron permanent and me with a brain like a sack of Portland cement. You take it, friend. I'll take the big sordid dirty crooked city.

Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

Every man dies. Not every man lives.
Anthony Robbins

It’s been said before: being Catholic is like being in love.  

Sally Read

England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution, from horse racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during God save the King than of stealing from a poor box. George Orwell (1941)

The 60s invented the idea that young people are interesting, which they are actually not. Peter Oborne.

Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.

Christian Dior

Although I would not like to live under Putin, any more than Lessing wanted to savor the rule of the enlightened despot Fredeick the Great, I applaud him for being so different from the PC robots who rise to the top of the political ladder in the US and Western Europe. At the very least Putin gives the exhilirating impression of being a non-reconstructed, non-sensitized MAN.

Paul Gottfried

I have this feeling that a majority of European leaders have lost their faith in what made Europe great and into an influential factor in the world. Moreover, it seems as if it would be something shameful or something forbidden to talk about this issue. We can not help to see that those who are coming up now, stand firm for their spiritual identity: the Islamic peoples to Islam, the Asian peoples to Asian traditions and their spiritual system. It’s not just about God, but also about the culture that was influenced by their traditional beliefs. We on the other hand reject the power that comes from the fact that this is the world of Christian culture. The successful ones make sure that there is no future without children and family.

Victor Orban, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 4th March 2012

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