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Roger Scruton Quote: “Beauty matters. It is not just a subjective thing but a universal need of human beings. If we ignore this need we find ourselves in a spiritual desert.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is ‘merely relative,’ is asking you not to believe him. So don’t.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Art and music shine a light of meaning on ordinary life, and through them we are able to confront the things that trouble us and to find consolation and peace in their presence.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Through the pursuit of beauty we shape the world as a home, and in doing so we both amplify our joys and find consolation for our sorrows.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “The consolation of imaginary things is not imaginary consolation.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Nothing is more useful than the useless.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Beauty is assailed from two directions – by the cult of ugliness in the arts, and by the cult of utility in everyday life.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “The culture of a civilization is the art and literature through which it rises to consciousness of itself and defines its vision of the world.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Beauty is vanishing from our world because we live as though it does not matter.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Conservatism starts from a sentiment that all mature people can readily share: the sentiment that good things are easily destroyed, but not easily created.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Art once made a cult of beauty. Now we have a cult of ugliness instead. This has made art into an elaborate joke, one which by now has ceased to be funny.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “In our democratic culture people often think it is threatening to judge another person’s taste. Some are even offended by the suggestion that there is a difference between good and bad taste, or that it matters what you look at or read or listen to.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Being unpopular is never easy; but being unpopular in a good cause is a shield against despair.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “In argument about moral problems, relativism is the first refuge of the scoundrel.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Wine is not just an object of pleasure, but an object of knowledge; and the pleasure depends on the knowledge.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Styles may change, details may come and go, but the broad demands of aesthetic judgement are permanent.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “The abstract, unreal freedom of the liberal intellect was really nothing more than childish disobedience, amplified into anarchy.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “There are no chords in modernist architecture, only lines – lines that may come to an end, but that achieve no closure.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “A philosopher who says, ‘There are no truths, only interpretations,’ risks the retort: ‘Is that true, or only an interpretation?’”
Roger Scruton Quote: “The music takes over the words and makes them speak to me in another language.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Like adverts, today’s works of art aim to create a brand, even if they have no product to sell except themselves.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “The art establishment has turned away from the old curriculum which puts beauty and craft at the top of the agenda.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Architecture, like dress, is an exercise in good manners, and good manners involve the habit of skillful insincerity – the habit of saying “good morning” to those whose mornings you would rather blight, and of passing the butter to those you would rather starve.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Marriage does not exist for the benefit of the present generation but for the benefit of the next.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “The best evidence of a mind is when you change it.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “When gifts are replaced by rights, so is gratitude replaced by claims. And claims breed resentment.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Art has the ability to redeem life by finding beauty even in the worst aspect of things.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “When truth cannot make itself known in words, it will make itself known in deeds.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Modern art was born from a desire to destroy kitsch.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Classical buildings endure because they are loved, admired and accepted, and enjoy an innate adaption to human needs and purposes.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “The future of mankind, for the socialist, is simple: pull down the existing order and allow the future to emerge.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “When art becomes merely shock value, our sense of humanity is slowly degraded.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Conservatives resonate to Burke’s view of society, as a partnership between the living, the unborn and the dead.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “The core of common culture is religion. Tribes survive and flourish because they have gods, who fuse many wills into a single will, and demand and reward the sacrifices on which social life depends.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Music addresses us from beyond the borders of the natural world.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Beauty is not the source of disinterested pleasure, but simply the object of a universal interest: the interest that we have in beauty, and in the pleasure that beauty brings.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Corbyn was not elected by the parliamentary party but by people who have the luxury of sounding off without the responsibility of answering for it. Corbyn represents the idiocy of direct democracy, and the culture of resentment that takes advantage of it.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “There is a deep human need for beauty and if you ignore that need in architecture your buildings will not last.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Private property is one of the best institutions which has ever evolved, to protect us from the bullying of others.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Modernism in architecture went hand in hand with socialist and fascist projects to rid old Europe of its hierarchical past.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Conservatism is itself a modernism, and in this lies the secret of its success.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “It is not enough to be nice; you have to be good. We are attracted by nice people; but only on the assumption that their niceness is a sign of goodness.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “The sexual parts are not only vivid examples of the body’s dominion; they are also apertures whose damp emissions and ammoniac smells testify to the mysterious putrefaction of the body.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “The two most potent post-war orthodoxies – socialist politics and modernist art – have at least one feature in common: they are bothforms of snobbery, the anti-bourgeois snobbery of people convinced of their right to dictate to the common man in the name of the common man.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “The picture of a universe of infinitely many wholly unrelated substances is at least as hard to understand as the monism of Spinoza, and far less easy to reconcile with appearances.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “In the attacks on the old ways of doing things on word in particular came into currency. That word was “kitsch.” Once introduced, the word stuck. Whatever you do, it musn’t be kitsch. This became the first precept of the modernist artist in every medium.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “I believed that ‘freedom’ is not a clear or sufficient answer to the question of what conservatives believe in. Like Matthew Arnold, I held that ‘freedom is a very good horse to ride, but to ride somewhere’.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “In the absence of organized religion, the only vehicle for redemption is art – not just the fragmentary arts of painting or music or poetry, but the kind of art that creates a whole world in itself and in that world we see ourselves reflected and see our religious life perfected.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “Faith exalts the human heart, by removing it from the market-place, making it sacred and unexchangeable. Under the jurisdiction of religion our deeper feelings are sacralized, so as to become raw material for the ethical life: the life lived in judgement.”
Roger Scruton Quote: “The first effect of modernism was to make high culture difficult: to surround beauty with a wall of erudition.”
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