Sunday 6 January 2019


I’m prepared to vote for anyone provided we propose to exit the European Union and Nato.
Michel Houllebecq

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
Francis Bacon

I told him that I was still very much of a swine, and people did bother me. He said that people must not bother me. One must look at other people as one looks at a peculiar type of monkey!
'Jung, My Mother and I: The Analytic Diaries of Catharine Rush Cabot'

... a peculiar frame of mind ... has arisen throughout the Western world since the second world war, and which is particularly prevalent among the intellectual and political élites. No adequate word exists for this attitude, though its symptoms are instantly recognised: namely, the disposition, in any conflict, to side with ‘them’ against ‘us’, and the felt need
 to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours’. Being the opposite of xenophobia I propose to call this state of mind oikophobia, by which I mean (stretching the Greek a little) the repudiation of inheritance and home. Oikophobia is a stage through which the adolescent mind normally passes. But it is a stage in which some people—intellectuals especially—tend to become arrested. As George Orwell pointed out, intellectuals on the Left are especially prone to it, and this has often made them willing agents of foreign powers.
Sir Roger Scruton

Ned Resnikoff, a “senior editor” at the liberal website ThinkProgress, wrote on Facebook that he’d called a plumber to fix a clogged drain. The plumber showed up, did the job and left, but Resnikoff was left shaken, though with a functioning drain. Wrote Resnikoff, “He was a perfectly nice guy and a consummate professional. But he was also a middle-aged white man with a Southern accent who seemed unperturbed by this week’s news.”

This created fear: “While I had him in the apartment, I couldn’t stop thinking about whether he had voted for Trump, whether he knew my last name is Jewish, and how that knowledge might change the interaction we were having inside my own home.”

When it was all over, Resnikoff reported that he was “rattled” at the thought that a Trump supporter might have been in his home. “I couldn’t shake the sense of potential danger.” 

Glenn Harlan Reynolds

Truth is not final. We can recognise it deeper in the shared path of the Church....Turn yourselves to a new thinking. To risk this thinking is important at the end of the year and the beginning of a new year – not a flight into the rhetoric of the past. Naturally we stand in a great tradition — but this is not a complete tradition. It is a path into the future. 
Cardinal Marx of Munich in his sermon on New Year's Day

‘…Holmes was sunk in profound thought, and hardly opened his mouth until we had passed Clapham Junction.

"It's a very cheery thing to come into London by any of these lines which run high, and allow you to look down upon the houses like this."

I thought he was joking, for the view was sordid enough, but he soon explained himself.

"Look at those big, isolated clumps of building rising up above the slates, like brick islands in a lead-colored sea."

"The board-schools."

"Light-houses, my boy! Beacons of the future! Capsules with hundreds of bright little seeds in each, out of which will spring the wise, better England of the future….’

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “Adventure of the Naval Treaty” 

The author of "How to save your marriage" shot his wife and posted the photo with the woman's body on Facebook.

Dale Carnegie, the author of "How to make friends and influence people," died alone.

Benjamin Spock, the author of the best-selling book, "Child and caring", his kids wanted to send him to a nursing home.

Maria Montesori, the famous teacher, gave her son away to a family of foster carers, saying that she "feels that her mission on this earth is to devote herself to other children...".

The Korean writer, the bestselling author, "How to become happy," hung herself up because of depression.

And so on and so forth. The list is long...


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  1. Caroline Macafee commented: "Scots only (relatively) exempt from oikophobia because we project it onto the English instead. And in practice our institutions do little to preserve Scottish culture and much to promote globalism."

  2. Whenever I find myself visiting some great historic house, I always like to break off from gawping at tapestries to ask the tour guide: ‘How did the family make its money in the first place?’ For some reason, this almost always astonishes and bewilders. It’s as if the devotion of capital to bricks and mortar, acres of commemorative canvas and fresco, marble and landscaping, covers up any roots in the slave trade or the amassing of bribes from Indian nawabs. Money is made, and then it sets about dignifying itself.
    Philip Hensher

    “Every great cause begins as a movement, then becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”
    Eric Hoffer

    Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct; but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.
    F. H. Bradley

    The more laws and restrictions there are,
    The poorer people become
    The more rules and regulations,
    The more thieves and robbers.
    Lao Tzu

    “Cheap booze is a false economy.”
    Christopher Hitchens

  3. Well, Christopher would know. He compared martinis to a perfect pair of breasts and exhorted readers to limit themselves to two, while he himself was a six-breast man.