Friday, 26 January 2018

Quotations of the day

If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. Bruce Lee

If you write, someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's all. Stephen King

In the liberal worldview—and you see this magisterially embodied in the philosophy of John Rawls—the state exists in order to allocate the social product. The rich are not really rich, because they don’t own that stuff. All goods, in liberal eyes, are unowned until distributed. Sir Roger Scruton

The important social traditions are not just arbitrary customs, which might or might not have survived into the modern world. They are forms of knowledge. They contain the residues of many trials and errors, as people attempt to adjust their conduct to the conduct of others. Sir Roger Scruton

[The animus, the male aspect of a woman's psyche] "manifests negatively in fixed ideas, collective opinions and unconscious, a priori assumptions that lay claim to absolute truth". Carl Jung [this sounds like Cathy Newman grilling Jordan Peterson.]

As I said months ago, it’s becoming orthodoxy that immigration cannot even be slowed down because to do so slows the rearrangement of power in American society.

I voted Remain. But if you're going to do Brexit, then you have to do Brexit. At the moment we seem not only headed for a crap photocopy of EU membership, but to be expected to be grateful.

Depictions of Troy's fall are ubiquitous but none capture the horror of a city sack quite like George Rochegrosse did in his visceral "Andromache". Odysseus watches sinisterly from the top of the stairs. Bizarre to find a swastika in art work depicting atrocities made in 1883.


  1. I wrote about people with logical flaws asking me if one should be “skeptical about skepticism”; I used a similar answer as Popper when was asked if “ one could falsify falsification”.

    We can answer these points using the minority rule. Yes, an intolerant minority can control and destroy democracy. Actually, as we saw, it will eventually destroy our world.

    So, we need to be more than intolerant with some intolerant minorities. It is not permissible to use “American values” or “Western principles” in treating intolerant Salafism (which denies other peoples’ right to have their own religion). The West is currently in the process of committing suicide.

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb,

  2. Whenever people talk about “everyone” they’re just talking about themselves.

    In his collection The London Zoo he writes this epitaph 'Here lies a civil servant. He was civil/ To everyone, and servant to the devil.'
    C .H. Sisson

    It is true in a sense that there can be no debate, but only war, with those who think that they cannot really think. For any conception of popular rule it is, of course, a paralysis. Materialism makes citizens as such merely passive. Irreligion is the opium of the people.

    1. Thank you, Toma. I remember Sisson from the Spectator long ago.

      All our great men are dead. I'm not feeling so well myself.

    2. Prier le Je Ne Sais Qui
      J'espère : Jesus-Christ.

      Pray to the I don't-know-who
      I hope : Jesus Christ.

      Inscription on Eugene Ionesco tombstone.

    3. Bien sûr, il me pardonnera; c'est son métier. [Of course he [God] will forgive me; that's his job.] Heine's last words.

    4. In her 2014 memoir, Ginger Alden revealed then-fiance Elvis Presley's final words before his death in 1977. During a night of sleeplessness, Presley told Alden, "I'm going to the bathroom to read." The rest, as they say, is history.