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Lord Palmerston

« 12 January 2019 | 19:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Frenchman: ‘If I were not a Frenchman, I should wish to be an Englishman.’ Palmerston: ‘If I were not an Englishman, I should wish to be an Englishman.’

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

« 11 January 2019 | 15:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.

Carl Jung

« 9 January 2019 | 17:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

People don’t have ideas; ideas have people.

John Masefield

« 31 December 2018 | 20:50 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I have seen flowers come in stony places And kind things done by men with ugly faces And the gold cup won by the worst horse at the races, So I trust too.

Roger Scruton

« 7 November 2018 | 18:26 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Intellectuals are naturally attracted by the idea of a planned society, in the belief that they will be in charge of it.

G K Chesterton

« 3 November 2018 | 20:06 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A man can pretend to be wise; a man cannot pretend to be witty.

George Orwell

« 8 October 2018 | 9:15 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The Home Guard could only exist in a country where men feel themselves free. Totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they cannot give the factory-worker a rifle & tell him to take it home & keep it in his bedroom.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

« 5 October 2018 | 14:07 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Mathematicians think in proofs, lawyers in constructs, logicians in operators, dancers in movement, artists in impressions, and idiots in labels.

Philip Larkin

« 16 September 2018 | 23:25 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

My secret flaw is just not being very good, like everyone else.

Julius Caesar

« 11 September 2018 | 10:36 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.

Corita Kent (popularised by her brother John Kent)

« 5 August 2018 | 18:14 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Rule 1: Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for awhile. Rule 2: (General Duties of a Student) Pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students. Rule 3: (General Duties of a Teacher) Pull everything out of your students. Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment. Rule 5: […]

H L Mencken

« 4 August 2018 | 11:22 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Wealth – any income that is at least one hundred dollars more a year than the income of one’s wife’s sister’s husband.

Richard Russo

« 14 July 2018 | 8:58 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Anyone who observed us would conclude the purpose of all academic discussions was to become further entrenched in our original positions

G K Chesterton

« 13 July 2018 | 0:19 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If we are uneducated, we shall not know how very old are all new ideas.

Sir Edmund Hillary

« 24 May 2018 | 19:47 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

For scientific discovery give me Scott; for speed and efficiency of travel give me Amundsen; but when disaster strikes and all hope is gone, get down on your knees and pray for Shackleton.

Richard Rohr

« 22 May 2018 | 11:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

For poetry to be most effective, I believe it should be spoken aloud, embodied. After all, God didn’t think, “Let there be light”. God spoke, and creation vibrated into existence. Isn’t it just like our Creator to imprint the subtlety and mystery of creativity in the thisness of each voice?

Malcolm Muggeridge

« 7 May 2018 | 21:02 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Another disastrous concept is the pursuit of happiness, a last?minute improvisation in the American Declaration of Independence, substituted for the defense of Property. Happiness pursued cannot be caught, and if it could, it would not be happiness.

C S Lewis

« 16 April 2018 | 7:35 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?

Czeslaw Milosz

« 15 April 2018 | 8:49 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Gift A day so happy. Fog lifted early I worked in the garden. Hummingbirds were stopping over honeysuckle flowers. There was no thing on earth I wanted to possess. I knew no man worth my envying him. Whatever evil I had suffered, I forgot. To think that once I was the same man didn’t embarrass […]

T S Eliot

« 12 April 2018 | 8:02 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I must tell you that I should really like to think there’s something wrong with me – Because, if there isn’t, then there’s something wrong with the world itself – and that’s much more frightening! That would be terrible. So I’d rather believe there is something wrong with me, that could be put right.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

« 11 April 2018 | 18:07 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Shower upon him every earthly blessing, drown him in bliss so that nothing but bubbles would dance on the surface of his bliss, as on a sea…and even then every man, out of sheer ingratitude, sheer libel, would play you some loathsome trick. He would even risk his cakes and would deliberately desire the most […]

Jordan Peterson

« 10 April 2018 | 8:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The thing about wisdom is it stops you running face first into walls.

Horatio Nelson

« 6 April 2018 | 15:27 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Close with a Frenchman, but out-maneuver a Russian.

Richard Rohr

« 1 April 2018 | 18:32 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

…all metaphors by necessity walk with a limp.

Margaret Atwood

« 29 March 2018 | 18:44 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

In spring at the end of the day you should smell like dirt.

Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

« 28 March 2018 | 20:28 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

For the average person, all problems date to World War II; for the more informed, to World War I; for the genuine historian, to the French Revolution.

Ken Dodd

« 12 March 2018 | 11:45 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Ken Dodd on Parkinson: “If you tell a joke in Glasgow, they laugh. In Birmingham, they don’t.” Parkinsons: “Why’s that?” Ken Dodd: “They can’t hear it.”

Henry George

« 9 March 2018 | 19:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Blockading squadrons are a means whereby nations prevent their enemies from trading; protective tariffs are a means whereby nations prevent their own people from trading. Protection does to us in time of peace what enemies seek to do to us in time of war.

Wendy Cope

« 5 March 2018 | 18:12 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

on poetry… It’s anecdotal evidence About the human heart.

George Macdonald

« 28 February 2018 | 22:42 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The one principle of hell is — “I am my own!”

T S Eliot

« 26 February 2018 | 20:08 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

And pray to God to have mercy upon us And pray that I may forget These matters that with myself I too much discuss

Robert A Heinlein

« 25 February 2018 | 17:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Always listen to experts. They’ll tell you what can’t be done, and why. Then do it

Samuel Johnson

« 23 February 2018 | 19:28 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at a very small expense. The power of invention has been conferred by nature upon few, and the labour of learning those sciences which by mere labour be obtained is too great to be willingly endured; but every man can exert such judgment as […]

Billy Graham

« 21 February 2018 | 18:57 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.

Sir Thomas More

« 20 February 2018 | 0:13 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

It is possible to live for the next life and still be merry in this.

Carl Jung

« 19 February 2018 | 19:34 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Beware of unearned wisdom

Tony Benn

« 17 February 2018 | 23:04 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Never give your audience your second best speech. advice to Daniel Hannan shortly before he stood for his first election

Albert Maysles

« 15 February 2018 | 17:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

« 10 February 2018 | 12:45 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

They fight and fight and fight; they are fighting now, they fought before, and they’ll fight in the future … So you see, you can say anything about world history … Except one thing, that is. It cannot be said that world history is reasonable.

Marcus Aurelius

« 1 February 2018 | 16:26 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has […]

Thomas More

« 31 January 2018 | 22:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.

Friedrich Nietzsche

« 30 January 2018 | 10:45 | Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.


« 29 January 2018 | 6:56 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

She told him that she loved him Only she told him that she loved him She only told him that she loved him She told only him that she loved him She told him only that she loved him She told him that only she loved him She told him that she only loved him […]

Richard Rorty (1998)

« 28 January 2018 | 6:34 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

…members of labor unions, and unorganized unskilled workers, will sooner or later realize that their government is not even trying to prevent wages from sinking or to prevent jobs from being exported. Around the same time, they will realize that suburban white-collar workers—themselves desperately afraid of being downsized—are not going to let themselves be taxed […]

Assar Lindbeck

« 27 January 2018 | 10:23 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

In many cases, rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city — except for bombing

Arthur Ransome

« 26 January 2018 | 7:06 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting-place.

Freeman Dyson

« 25 January 2018 | 9:05 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The conservative has little to fear from the man whose reason is the servant of his passions, but let him beware of him in whom reason has become the greatest and most terrible of passions. These are the wreckers of outworn empires.

Michael Oakeshott

« 24 January 2018 | 15:05 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss.

Leo Tolstoy

« 23 January 2018 | 14:54 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of a doubt, what is laid before him.

Jordan Peterson

« 22 January 2018 | 13:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

In answer to the question “What are the most valuable things everyone should know?” Tell the truth. Do not do things that you hate. Act so that you can tell the truth about how you act. Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient. If you have to choose, be the one who does things, […]

Meister Eckhart

« 21 January 2018 | 9:39 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

God is like a person who clears his throat while hiding and so gives himself away.


« 20 January 2018 | 7:42 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.

Robert Quillen

« 19 January 2018 | 11:11 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Self-written “Obituary” He was a writer of paragraphs and short editorials. He always hoped to write something of permanent value, but the business of making a living took most of his time and he never got around to it. In his youth he felt an urge to reform the world, but during the latter years […]

Arthur Ransome

« 17 January 2018 | 21:07 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

They found, like many explorers before them, that somehow, in their absence, they had got into trouble at home.

Freeman Dyson

« 16 January 2018 | 1:13 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Fifty years ago Kurt Gödel… proved that the world of pure mathematics is inexhaustible. … I hope that the notion of a final statement of the laws of physics will prove as illusory as the notion of a formal decision process for all mathematics. If it should turn out that the whole of physical reality […]

Michael Oakeshott

« 15 January 2018 | 12:18 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Poetry is a sort of truancy, a dream within the dream of life, a wild flower planted among our wheat.

Michael Sandel

« 14 January 2018 | 14:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

We have heard a lot about anger against elites – and I think that anger has a certain shape it’s an anger at the meritocratic hubris of those on top who have inhaled quite deeply of their success who are pretty confident that they deserve to have landed on top and by implication that those […]

John F Kennedy

« 13 January 2018 | 17:21 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

For the great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

G K Chesterton

« 8 January 2018 | 21:33 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is, perhaps, in our world a little too much of the practice of poring over new ideas until they become old. We require a little of the practice of poring over old ideas until they become new.

Daniel Hannan

« 7 January 2018 | 21:36 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

When the esteem of our peers matters more than the opinion of strangers, we start looking for traitors rather than converts, striving to outdo one another in the intensity of our rage.


« 5 January 2018 | 21:23 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

We were all rich. There are not two kinds of rich people. All rich people are the same. You give it all away and cease being rich, or you don’t. Jesus was no idiot.

Rowan Williams

« 24 December 2017 | 0:54 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Advent Calendar He will come like last leaf’s fall. One night when the November wind has flayed the trees to the bone, and earth wakes choking on the mould, the soft shroud’s folding. He will come like frost. One morning when the shrinking earth opens on mist, to find itself arrested in the net of […]

Rory Stewart

« 21 November 2017 | 10:38 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Rory Stewart to Steve a drystone waller: How much can you build in a day Steve: A good drystone waller can build four metres in a day. A bad waller can build six.

Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord

« 6 November 2017 | 13:06 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

I divide my officers into four classes; the clever, the lazy, the industrious, and the stupid. Each officer possesses at least two of these qualities. Those who are clever and industrious are fitted for the highest staff appointments. Use can be made of those who are stupid and lazy. The man who is clever and […]

Robert Pirosh

« 22 October 2017 | 16:36 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Dear Sir: I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde. I like suave “V” words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly […]

Isidor Isaac Rabi

« 13 October 2017 | 20:57 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?” That difference — asking good questions — made me become a scientist.

A A Gill

« 7 October 2017 | 9:28 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Boris…is without doubt the very worst putative politician I’ve ever seen in action…and I can’t think of a higher compliment.

George Bernard Shaw

« 6 October 2017 | 20:25 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

response to receiving and draft of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom Confound you and your book: you are no more to be trusted with a pen than a child with a torpedo.

Bertrand Russell

« 30 September 2017 | 22:09 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Dear Sir Oswald, Thank you for your letter and for your enclosures. I have given some thought to our recent correspondence. It is always difficult to decide on how to respond to people whose ethos is so alien and, in fact, repellent to one’s own. It is not that I take exception to the general […]

William Stafford

« 29 September 2017 | 7:45 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Vacation One scene as I bow to pour her coffee:- Three Indians in the scouring drouth Huddle at the grave scooped in the gravel, Lean to the wind as our train goes by. Someone is gone. There is dust on everything in Nevada. I pour the cream.

Robert Hayden

« 17 September 2017 | 20:15 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Those Winter Sundays Sundays too my father got up early and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold, then with cracked hands that ached from labor in the weekday weather made banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him. I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking. When the rooms were warm, he’d call, […]

Marquis de Favras

« 16 September 2017 | 12:40 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Last words after reading his death sentence before being hanged I see that you have made 3 spelling mistakes.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

« 4 September 2017 | 20:25 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Risk as Virtue Finally, when young people who “want to help mankind” come to me, asking: “What should I do? I want to reduce poverty, save the world” and similar noble aspirations at the macro-level. My suggestion is: 1) never engage in virtue signaling; 2) never engage in rent seeking; 3) you must start a […]

Alexander Pope

« 12 August 2017 | 21:09 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Men dream of courtship, but in wedlock wake.

John Selden

« 28 July 2017 | 10:38 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Equity is a roguish thing. For Law we have a measure, know what to trust to; Equity is according to the conscience of him that is Chancellor, and as that is larger or narrower, so is Equity. ‘T is all one as if they should make the standard for the measure we call a “foot” […]

Ronald Reagan

« 30 June 2017 | 19:48 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.


« 12 June 2017 | 10:05 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Politics is gambling for high stakes with other people’s money… Politics is a job that can be compared with navigation in uncharted waters. One has no idea how the weather or the currents will be or what storms one is in for. In politics, there is the added fact that one is largely dependent on […]

Marcus Tullius Cicero

« 8 June 2017 | 10:04 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Nothing is more fickle than people in a crowd, nothing harder to discover than how men intend to vote, nothing trickier than the whole way in which elections work.

Upton Sinclair

« 28 May 2017 | 15:32 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!

Ludwig Wittgenstein

« 26 May 2017 | 21:38 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Does an ‘explanation’ make it any less impressive.

Catherine Aird

« 24 May 2017 | 16:22 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.

Thomas Jefferson

« 14 May 2017 | 0:15 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.

C S Lewis

« 9 May 2017 | 22:38 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work.

Robert Conquest

« 8 May 2017 | 14:23 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Three Laws of Politics: 1) Everyone is conservative about what he knows best. 2) Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing. 3) The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.

Alphonso X

« 1 May 2017 | 20:29 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Burn old logs Drink old wine Read old books Keep old friends,


« 12 April 2017 | 20:09 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.

Edward Thomas

« 9 April 2017 | 12:54 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

(on the centenary of his death at the Battle of Arras) In Memoriam (Easter, 1915) The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood This Eastertide call into mind the men, Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should Have gathered them and will do never again.

Najwa Zebian

« 7 April 2017 | 22:46 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.

Pablo Picasso

« 4 March 2017 | 16:30 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.

Non Phonetic Alphabet

« 17 February 2017 | 20:24 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

A as in Aisle B as in Bdellium (the b is silent) C as in Czar D as in Djinn E as in Eye F as in Felinfoel (Welsh town, pronounced Velinfoe) G as in Gnat H as in Hour I as in Irk (or Ian) J as in Junta K as in Know L as […]

Enver Hoxha

« 7 January 2017 | 17:44 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

This year will be harder than last year. On the other hand, it will be easier than next year.

C S Lewis

« 1 January 2017 | 1:49 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

You can begin as if nothing had ever gone wrong. White as snow.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

« 1 January 2017 | 0:07 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Everything before the “but” is meant to be ignored by the speaker; and everything after the “but” should be ignored by the listener.

G K Chesterton

« 25 December 2016 | 23:58 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There were three things prefigured and promised by the gifts in the cave of Bethlehem concerning the Child who received them; that He should be crowned like a King: that He should be worshiped like a God; and that He should die like a man. And these things would sound like Eastern flattery, were it […]

Arkell v. Pressdram

« 14 December 2016 | 19:03 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

29th April 1971 Dear Sir, We act for Mr Arkell who is Retail Credit Manager of Granada TV Rental Ltd. His attention has been drawn to an article appearing in the issue of Private Eye dated 9th April 1971 on page 4. The statements made about Mr Arkell are entirely untrue and clearly highly defamatory. […]


« 11 December 2016 | 8:16 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Extraordinary that all the people who self-describe as “free thinking” on Twitter all think roughly the same thing.

A A Gill

« 10 December 2016 | 17:46 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Freedom of speech is what all the other human rights and freedoms balance on. That may sound like unspeakable arrogance when applied to restaurant reviews or gossip columns. But that’s not the point. Journalism isn’t an individual sport like books and plays; it’s a team effort. The power of the press is cumulative. It has […]

Sam Goldwyn

« 6 December 2016 | 13:30 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

on first seeing a sundial What will they think of next?

Leonard Cohen

« 11 November 2016 | 19:19 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

« 30 October 2016 | 22:35 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Virtue is what you do when nobody is looking. The rest is marketing.