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Malcolm Muggeridge Quotes

It is only possible to succeed at second-rate pursuits - like becoming a millionaire or a prime minister, winning a war, seducing beautiful women, flying through the stratosphere, or landing on the moon. First-rate pursuits - involving, as they must, trying to understand what life is about and trying to convey that understanding - inevitably result in a sense of failure. A Napoleon, a Churchill, or a Roosevelt can feel himself to be successful, but never a Socrates, a Pascal, or a Blake. Understanding is forever unattainable.
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People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to

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The orgasm has replaced the Cross as the focus of longing and the image of fulfillment.

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There's a large strain of irony in our human affairs ... Interwoven with our affairs is this wonderful spirit of irony which prevents us from ever being utterly and irretrievably serious, from being unaware of the mysterious nature of our existence.

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Christianity ... sees the necessity for man to have spiritual values and it shows him how to get at those through physical sacraments.

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For us humans, everything is permanent - until it changes, as we are immortal until we die

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Surely the glory of journalism is its transience.

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What will finally destroy us is not communism or fascism, but man acting like God.

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People say that the Bible is a boring book ... but they don't say that about Shakespeare, because the people who teach Shakespeare are zealous for Shakespeare.

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I think that President [Dwight] Eisenhower was ... did the most marvelous job in the war, not really a military job: a public relations job, and it was essential that there should be a public relations job done in the post that he had.

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I am in a slight difficulty because I find myself in a minute minority there, in that this Sputnik didn't either interest me or frighten me, but that's because I don't, you see, believe that the circumstances of life are the important thing.

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I don't think that it would make the slightest difference to life and to the aspects of life that interest me if we could go to the moon tomorrow, because I think what really makes life interesting is the big question "Why?"

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The monarchical institution in England is immensely valuable.

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The price you pay for being powerful and being rich is to be hated.

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As an old man ... looking back on one's life, it's one of the things that strikes you most forcibly-that the only thing that's taught one anything is suffering. Not success, not happiness, not anything like that. The only thing that really teaches one what life's about ... is suffering, affliction.

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An orgy looks particularly alluring seen through the mists of righteous indignation.

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The Sputnik is just to me like a firework, a rocket, a new invention.

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