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Theodore Dalrymple Quotes

I have the not altogether unsatisfying impression that civilisation is collapsing around me.
Is it my age, I wonder, or the age we live in? I am not sure. Civilisations do collapse, after all, but on the other hand people grow old with rather greater frequency.
— Theodore Dalrymple —

The loss of the religious understanding of the human condition-that Man is a fallen creature for whom virtue is necessary but never fully attainable-is a loss, not a gain, in true sophistication. The secular substitute-the belief in the perfection of life on earth by the endless extension of a choice of pleasures-is not merely callow by comparison but much less realistic in its understanding of human nature.

— Theodore Dalrymple

How many people does each of us know who claim to seek happiness but freely choose paths inevitably leading to misery?

— Theodore Dalrymple

WENT ON a long journey by telephone last week. It started with a message in my office on that fiendish modern invention, second in its monstrousness only to the television, the answerphone.

— Theodore Dalrymple

Havana is like Beirut, without having gone through the civil war to achieve the destruction.

— Theodore Dalrymple

Demonstrative proof is lacking, but if we thought only about those things about which such proof were available, our minds would be empty most of the time.

— Theodore Dalrymple

Fascism is not fashion.

— Theodore Dalrymple

Facts are much more malleable than prejudices.

— Theodore Dalrymple

The only thing worse than having a family, I discovered, is not having a family. My rejection of bourgeois virtues as mean-spirited and antithetical to real human development could not long survive contact with situations in which those virtues were entirely absent; and a rejection of everything associated with one's childhood is not so much an escape from that childhood as an imprisonment by it.

— Theodore Dalrymple

Considering the importance of resentment in our lives, and the damage it does, it receives scant attention from psychiatrists and psychologists. Resentment is a great rationalizer: it presents us with selected versions of our own past, so that we do not recognize our own mistakes and avoid the necessity to make painful choices.

— Theodore Dalrymple

The idea that man is a tabula rasa, or Mao's sheet of blank paper upon which the most beautiful characters can be written, is an old one with disastrous implications. I do not think though that the cults you mention could survive honest thought about human nature.

— Theodore Dalrymple

Many young people now end a discussion with the supposedly definitive and unanswerable statement that such is their opinion, and their opinion is just as valid as anyone else's. The fact is that our opinion on an infinitely large number of questions is not worth having, because everyone is infinitely ignorant.

— Theodore Dalrymple

When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

— Theodore Dalrymple

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