Quotations From MALCOLM MUGGERIDGE

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    One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.
    Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. "Woman's Hour," radio broadcast, March 23, 1966. Quoted in "An Eighth Deadly Sin," Muggeridge through the Microphone (1967).

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  • 2.
    Civilisation—a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures.
    Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. Quoted in New Society (London, Oct. 6, 1983).
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    Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.
    Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. quoted in "The American Way of Sex," Muggeridge Through the Microphone (1967), broadcast, BBC1, Oct. 21, 1965.
  • 4.
    St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.
    Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. Quoted in Observer (London, March 20, 1983).

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  • 5.
    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 realised.
    Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. "Me and Myself," Jesus Rediscovered (1979).

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  • 6.
    There's nothing is this world more instinctively abhorrent to me than finding myself in agreement with my fellow-humans.
    Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. Radio broadcast, April 29, 1955, quoted in Muggeridge Through the Microphone, "Mini-Mania"(1967). "Any Questions?"

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  • 7.
    The pursuit of happiness, which American citizens are obliged to undertake, tends to involve them in trying to perpetuate the moods, tastes and aptitudes of youth.
    Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. "Women of America," The Most of Malcolm Muggeridge (1966).

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  • 8.
    The orgasm has replaced the Cross as the focus of longing and the image of fulfillment.
    Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. "Down with Sex," Tread Softly for You Tread on My Jokes (1966).
  • 9.
    Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity.
    Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. "I Like Dwight," Tread Softly for You Tread on My Jokes (1966).

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  • 10.
    This horror of pain is a rather low instinct and ... if I think of human beings I've known and of my own life, such as it is, I can't recall any case of pain which didn't, on the whole, enrich life.
    Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British broadcaster. "Meeting Point," August 11, 1963, BBC television broadcast. Quoted in "The Problem of Pain," Muggeridge Through the Microphone (1967).

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