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Re: Dalrymple quotations

Postby Clinton » 05 Oct 2011, 02:52

"How is it that today there are so many Descartes when in the 17th Century there was only one?" - In Praise of Prejudice

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Re: Dalrymple quotations

Postby Rachel » 05 Oct 2011, 10:48

Just found a quote today..though not as good as the one from "Where Islam breaks Down"

This is from "Of Love etc"
http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/98902/sec_id/98902


The problem with meritocracy, however, even in its purest imaginable form, is that few people are of exceptional merit. The realisation that the fault lies in us, not in our stars, that we are underlings, is a painful one; and in the nature of things, there are more underlings than what I am tempted to call overlings. A meritocracy is therefore fertile ground for mass resentment.

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Postby Gavin » 23 Oct 2011, 00:27

"Where a reputation for intolerance is more feared than a reputation for vice itself, all manner of evil may be expected to flourish."
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Postby Gavin » 25 Oct 2011, 20:11

“It is only by having desire thwarted, and thereby learning to control it — in other words, by becoming civilized — that men become fully human.”
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Postby Gavin » 25 Oct 2011, 20:12

“To regret religion is to regret Western civilization.”
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Postby Gavin » 25 Oct 2011, 20:13

“I sometimes astonish my patients by telling them that it is far more important that they should be able to lose themselves than that they should be able to find themselves. For it is only in losing oneself that one does find oneself.”
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Postby Damo » 30 Oct 2011, 15:37

The tattoo has a profound meaning: the superficiality of modern man’s existence


Exposing shallowness
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Re: Dalrymple quotations

Postby Steve » 05 Nov 2011, 01:32

There is no intelligence without discrimination, even if judgment is necessarily uncertain and always prone to error.


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Re: Dalrymple quotations

Postby Rachel » 07 Nov 2011, 08:59

"The world is so full of interest that a thousand lifetimes could not possibly exhaust it."

from
"A Cost Benefit Analysis of Cost Benefit Analysis"

Also found in "Anything Goes" book
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Postby Jonathan » 08 Nov 2011, 12:53

"Bemused youths, grazing on fast food preparatory to dropping their litter sidled by, wondering what on earth was going on."

Also from "Travails with a wheelie bag in Peterborough"

When I read it the first time it formed in my mind an image of four-legged youths going 'Mooo!', and I had to read it a second time to understand why.
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Postby Gavin » 11 Nov 2011, 12:04

"Perhaps the worst effect of celebrity culture is that it makes fame the measure of all things, and thus devalues or renders impossible not only satisfaction from useful but unglamorous labour, but precisely the kinds of pleasures and deep consolations that are to be had from walking a dog."


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Postby Gavin » 25 Nov 2011, 23:21

"Multiculturalists generally rejoice at mass, and indiscriminate, immigration, not because they are admirers of, say, Somali political philosophy, but because they want the culture of their own country to be diluted as much as possible: for only by rejecting what they have inherited do they think they can show their independence of mind and generosity of spirit. Let the heavens fall, so long as I am thought (by my peers) to be a free-thinker."


- The Brute and the Terrorist (2011)
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Postby Rachel » 29 Nov 2011, 21:26

"There is something to be said here about the word "depression," which has almost entirely eliminated the word and even the concept of unhappiness from modern life."


- The Frivolity of Evil
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Re: Dalrymple quotations

Postby Gavin » 27 Dec 2011, 19:20

"There is no greater enemy of clear thought than self-pity."


"We are often angriest with others when really we are angry with ourselves."


Plots to Behead (2007)
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Re: Dalrymple quotations

Postby Gavin » 04 Jan 2012, 22:17

"However liberal a person may be, there always one corner of his heart reserved for vengefulness towards at least one category of person."


- Forgiveness is a Kind of Wild Justice (2011)
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