Malcolm Muggeridge

Malcolm Muggeridge Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''Good taste and humour are a contradiction in terms, like a chaste whore.''
    Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), British journalist. quoted in Time (New York, Sept. 14, 1953). Defending his editorship of the humorous magazine Punch.

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