Friday, 7 April 2017

Quotations for Friday


Everyone who says frankly and fully what they think is doing a public service. 

John Stuart Mill

It is desirable... that people should be eccentric... eccentricity in society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius...

John Stuart Mill

Cowling argued that liberalism as a political creed was not about freedom and choice, but about intolerance and priggery. He regarded it as his life's work to subvert what he called the "rancid solemnities" of the post-war liberal consensus and its intellectual antecedents.

In Mill and Liberalism (1963) he argued that the true intention of the liberal philosopher John Stuart Mill was to impose a secular religion to replace Christianity and that, far from his being an apostle of liberty, Mill's real aim was totalitarian - to use the state to force-feed everyone with the dictates of an elitist secular morality.

Maurice Cowling's obituary in the Daily Telegraph

All men are idiots. After all, women are not interested in sex. All they want is babies and security from men. Men are just too stupid to know it. 

Clare Boothe Luce, quoted by Taki

Demosthenes copied out Thucydides eight times. That is how you learn a language. One ought to have the courage to transcribe all the books one loves. 

Emil Cioran 

The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but that's the way to bet.

Damon Runyon

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