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Top 100 Malcolm Muggeridge Quotes (2023 Update)
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Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “The great advantage of the sort of education I had was precisely that it made practically no mark upon those subjected to it.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I hate government. I hate power. I think that man’s existence, insofar as he achieves anything, is to resist power, to minimize power, to devise systems of society in which power is the least exerted.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “Education, the great mumbo jumbo and fraud of the age.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “Travel, of course, narrows the mind.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “Its avowed purpose is to excite sexual desire, which, I should have thought, is unnecessary in the case of the young, inconvenient in the case of the middle aged, and unseemly in the old.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I don’t like seeing people angry.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “On television I feel like a man playing piano in a brothel; every now and again he solaces himself by playing ‘Abide with Me’ in the hope of edifying both the clients and the inmates.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “The Sputnik is just to me like a firework, a rocket, a new invention.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I think Winston Churchill is an appallingly bad politician, and always has been, that he hung onto power long after he should have done, and that his post-war administration was a disaster.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “The only thing that really teaches one what life’s about the joy of understanding, the joy of coming in contact with what life really signifies – is suffering, affliction.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “The price you pay for being powerful and being rich is to be hated.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I think that in free societies, and we’re constantly talking about living in free societies, aren’t we, in contradiction with unhappy people who live in non-free societies, that the benefit, the dividend of living in a free society is that you say what you think.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I will lift mine eyes unto the pills. Almost everyone takes them, from the humble aspirin to the multi-colored, king-sized three deckers, which put you to sleep, wake you up, stimulate and soothe you all in one. It is an age of pills.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “Future historians will surely see us as having created in the media a Frankenstein monster whom no one knows how to control ordirect, and marvelthat weshould have so meekly subjected ourselves to its destructive and often malign influence.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “It was a somber place, haunted by old jokes and lost laughter. Life, as I discovered, holds no more wretched occupation than trying to make the English laugh.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “Higher education is booming in the United States; the Gross National Mind is mounting along with the Gross National Product.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I wouldn’t have said that Anthony Eden was equipped by nature to deal with the situation in the world today. I would have said that he was portentous, sincere, honest and rather stupid.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “Only dead fish swim with the stream.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “The truth is that a lost empire, lost power and lost wealth provide perfect circumstances for living happily and contentedly in our enchanted island.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “Animistic savages prostrating themselves before a painted stone have always seemed to me to be nearer the truth than any Einstein or Bertrand Russell.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “In the cycle of a great civilization, the artist begins as priest, and ends as a clown or buffoon.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “He was not only a bore; he bored for England.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “There’s nothing is this world more instinctively abhorrent to me than finding myself in agreement with my fellow-humans.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I believe that the visit of the Queen to the United States is an admirable occasion to produce an historical, truthful, sincere, genuine analysis of how the British Monarchy evolved into its present situation.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “One of the stupidest theories of Western life.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I have a very great respect for Americans, and having been a correspondent in this country, and I believe that Americans are people who respond much better to facts and truthful, genuine speculation, than they do to purely, kind of phoney, adulation.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “A decrepit society shuns humor as a decrepit individual shuns drafts.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “Surely the glory of journalism is its transience.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I have had my television aerials removed. It is the moral equivalent of a prostate operation.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I have to say that I think that Anthony Eden was probably the most disastrous Prime Minister in our history, and I am not forgetting Lord North and a few people like that.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “All of us admire people we don’t like and like people we don’t admire.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “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.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “It’s very nearly impossible to tell the truth in television.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I think that Sir Winston Churchill, in the period that the Germans occupied the Channel Ports, when the whole war hung in issue, fulfilled a role, which is as great as any role in our history.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “As I see it, the only pleasure of living is that every joke should be made, every thought expressed, every line of investigation, irrespective of its direction, pursued to the uttermost limits that human ingenuity, courage and understanding can take it. The moment that limits are set... then the flavor is gone.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “When Dwight Eisenhower became president, I personally was delighted. I thought that that was a very good thing.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “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?””
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “The trouble with kingdoms of heaven on earth is that they’re liable to come to pass, and then their fraudulence is apparent for all to see. We need a kingdom of heaven in Heaven, if only because it can’t be realized.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I have absolutely no doubt that there is an intense anti-Americanism in all Western Europe, and I think the reason for that is a very, very simple one.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “Tranquilizers to overcome angst, pep pills to wake us up, life pills to ensure blissful sterility. I will lift up my ears unto the pills whence cometh my help.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “Civilization – a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “It’s a sad thing about politics that most people get power too late, in that they differ from ladies of easy virtue who get their pleasures too early.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I think Queen Elisabeth II is a charming woman.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I must also leave you to analyze the cultural decline of Western art and literature. In the cycle of a great civilization, the artist begins as a priest and ends as a clown or buffoon. Examples of buffoonery in twentieth-century art, literature and music are many: Dali, Picasso, John Cage, Beckett.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “The monarchical institution in England is immensely valuable.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “Austerity has always made me happy, and its opposite, miserable. I find it strange that, knowing this, I should so often have inflicted upon myself the nausea of over-indulgence, and had to fight off the black dogs of satiety. Human beings, as Pascal points out, are peculiar in that they avidly pursue ends they know will bring them no satisfaction; gorge themselves with food which cannot nourish and with pleasures which cannot please. I am a prize example.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “When you reach your sixties, you have to decide whether you’re going to be a sot or an ascetic. In other words if you want to go on working after you’re sixty, some degree of asceticism is inevitable.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I think that Harold MacMillan is a very intelligent man, who, as so often happens in politics, achieved supreme power too late.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “I simply make this point, that the monarchy in so far, as it is identified with what is, in my opinion, an obsolete class structure, is making a mistake, and the task of those who are responsible for the conduct of the monarchical institution is to detach it from that class structure.”
Malcolm Muggeridge Quote: “My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength and sureness the minute a second mind as adopted it.”
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