Wednesday 16 September 2020

This morning's quotations

"Paradoxical as it may appear, it is probably true that a successful free society will always in a large measure be a tradition-bound society.” F.A. Hayek.

"The only palliative to the stuffiness of the present is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books.” C.S. Lewis

“The press today is an army with carefully organized weapons, the journalists its officers, the readers its soldiers. The reader neither knows nor is supposed to know the purposes for which he is used and the role he is to play.” Oswald Spengler

"It has been left to the very latest modernists to proclaim an erotic religion which at once exalts lust and forbids fertility." G. K. Chesterton

"A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought." Dorothy L Sayers, Gaudy Night


  1. “As a handful of sand is thrown into the ocean, so are the sins of all flesh as compared with the mind of God. Just as a strongly flowing fountain is not blocked up by a handful of earth, so the compassion of the Creator is not overcome by the sins of His creatures.”
    St. Isaac the Syrian


    1. Sorry, St Isaac, but 'ce e frumos și lui Dzeu îi place'.

  3. Studies of the mentally ill have found that they tend to vote less conservative and more liberal (Howard and Anthony, 1977; Kelly, 2014) . One paper, for example, found that 78 percent of mental illness outpatients in Germany preferred liberal political candidates, compared to just 56 percent of the general public. More recently, Kirkegaard (2020) analyzed the General Social Survey data and found that extreme liberals had a 150 percent increase in the rate of mental illness compared to moderates.

    ...a survey by the American National Election Studies in 2018 asked respondents to rate how warm they felt towards their own race compared to others. All groups were biased in favor of their own except for one: white liberals, who feel warmer to others than to their own people. In other words, in contrast to all other groups, white liberals put others above themselves.

    Is liberalism really a mental illness?
    by Patrick Fagan 
    Spectator USA

    1. Frank Johnson pointed out that several serial killers read the Guardian each day in prison. The Yorkshire Ripper and Dr Shipman were among them.