Top 21 Malcolm Muggeridge Quotes

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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

“Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“Surely the glory of journalism is its transience.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“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

“Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“It was a somber place, haunted by old jokes and lost laughter. Life, as I discovered, holds no more wretched occupation than trying to make the English laugh.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“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 realized.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength and sureness the minute a second mind as adopted it.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“He was not only a bore; he bored for England.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“I can say that I never knew what joy was like until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“History will see advertising as one of the real evil things of our time. It is stimulating people constantly to want things, want this, want that.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“Bad humor is an evasion of reality; good humor is an acceptance of it.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“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

“Travel, of course, narrows the mind.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“One of the many pleasures of old age is giving things up.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“There is no such thing as darkness; only a failure to see.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“Sex is the ersatz or substitute religion of the 20th Century.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge
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