Saturday, 17 February 2018

Quotations - I do not necessarily endorse quotations I publish


“We [Americans] have a record of conquest, colonization and expansion unequalled by any people in the Nineteenth Century. We are not about to be stopped now.” Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, 1895

"Ultimately, man finds in things nothing but what he himself has imported into them." Friedrich Nietzsche

"Comparing man and woman generally, one may say that woman would not have the genius for adornment, if she had not the instinct for the secondary role." Friedrich Nietzsche

'In five years’ time, by absolutely anyone’s maths, we will have a population that voted to Remain in the EU.' Femi Oluwole, co-founder of Our Future, Our Choice


  1. A good rule of thumb for hard-right, Nazi or Nazi-adjacent groups is that one-third of its members are petty criminals, one-third are gay, and one-third are informants.

    J. Arthur Bloom

  2. Evelyn Waugh, who had been both boarding schoolboy and teacher, based one of his greatest comic characters, the prep schoolmaster Captain Grimes of Decline and Fall, on a serial child molester. Waugh declares elsewhere that “pederasts” were normal in schools. “Never did me any harm,” public-school chaps will say, even today, as they recount their formative experiences with fumblers and groomers... One of my male correspondents wrote to me, using the proper, wry, stiff-upper-lip tone: “There’s not much that I learnt at prep school that hasn’t come in useful. Though I suppose 11 was rather too young to know how to give a man a blow job.”

    Exposure — Boarding Schools: The Secret Shame is on ITV at 10.45pm on Monday.
    Stiff Upper Lip: Secrets, Crimes and the Schooling of a Ruling Class by Alex Renton is out now (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £10)