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We modern Marxists regard socialism as a historically
by John McCarthy

We modern Marxists regard socialism as a historically
brief transitional stage between feudalism and capitalism,
necessary only in backward countries.
- John McCarthy

A true intellectual is a man who, after reading a book
and being convinced by its arguments,
will shoot someone or, more likely, order someone shot.
- John McCarthy

When thugs by nature meet thugs by political conviction,
5-0 is not surprising.
- John McCarthy

My hobby of not attending meetings about recycling
saves more energy than your hobby of recycling.
- John McCarthy

 

Of course, Third World leaders love you.
By ascribing third world ills to First World sins,
you absolve them of blame for their countries' failure to advance.
- John McCarthy

An excessive knowledge of Marxism is a sign of a misspent youth.
- John McCarthy

The slogan was 'Don't trust anyone over thirty'.
Sixty years later the slogan became,
'Don't trust anyone over ninety'.
- John McCarthy

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If I owned Marseilles and Hell, I'd rent out Marseilles and live in Hell.
- John McCarthy

Once a person has killed other people on behalf of an ideology,
he becomes rather devoted to it.
- John McCarthy

Suicidal terrorists may have short shelf lives.
- John McCarthy

In human history, the desire for revenge and the desire
for loot have often been closely associated.
- John McCarthy

With no more than six levels of misquotation,
any statement can be made to say whatever you wish.
- John McCarthy

When I see a slippery slope, my instinct is to build a terrace.
- John McCarthy

The peace movement is a great force for peace.
Some of the world's most quarrelsome people act out
their aggressions through the peace movement.
- John McCarthy

If a person can be said to have the wrong attitude,
there is no need to pay attention to his arguments.
- John McCarthy

His ambition is to be the spider in the World Wide Web.
- John McCarthy

Alas few socialists are either benevolent enough to
work hard at these occupations out of benevolence or
self-interested enough to work hard at them for money.
- John McCarthy

Foolishness is rarely a matter of lack of intelligence
or even lack of information.
- John McCarthy

Both politicians and journalists face situations which
strain their honesty and humanity.
My opinion is that politicians on the average stand
up somewhat better than journalists.
- John McCarthy

Soccer riots kill at most tens.
Intellectuals' ideological riots sometimes kill millions.
- John McCarthy

Honor among thieves is the ancestor of all honor.
- John McCarthy

Proposals to forbid golf courses have about the same
motivations as proposals to forbid skate boarding,
although the rationalizations are different.
- John McCarthy

Compassion is contempt with a human face.
- John McCarthy

Asking a critic to name his favorite book is like asking
a butcher to name his favorite pig.
- John McCarthy

Inside of many liberals is a fascist struggling to get out.
- John McCarthy

There is only one thing more harmful to society than
an elected official forgetting the promises he made in order to get elected;
that's when he doesn't forget them.
- John McCarthy

An extreme optimist is a man who believes that humanity
will probably survive even if it doesn't take his advice.
- John McCarthy

Slogans rarely convince the unconvinced.
However, they do rally the troops already on your side.
- John McCarthy

He who refuses to do arithmetic is doomed to talk nonsense.
- John McCarthy

Committing genocide on behalf of an institution generates
greater loyalty to it than merely getting people fired
from their jobs on its behalf.
- John McCarthy

My opinion is that he's a swindler and you're a sucker.
- John McCarthy

A declining institution often experiences survival of the unfittest.
- John McCarthy

Amateur bureaucrats are often even worse than professional bureaucrats.
- John McCarthy

Hard distinctions make bad philosophy.
- John McCarthy

Don't try to talk anyone out of concentrating his hatred
on Ayn Rand or any other dead person.
It can't harm the dead.
Diverted to a living person, it might actually do harm.
- John McCarthy

Never abandon a theory that explains something until
you have a theory that explains more.
- John McCarthy

Self-righteousness has killed more people than smoking.
- John McCarthy

Language is froth on the surface of thought.
- John McCarthy

Hardly anyone has noticed that in the Northern Hemisphere
people stir their drinks counterclockwise,
whereas the same people stir their drinks clockwise
when visiting the Southern Hemisphere.
- John McCarthy

It is said that man doesn't live by bread alone.
Sometimes this is unfortunate, because people who cannot
live by bread alone too often kill other people in
consequence of the fights they get into.
- John McCarthy

The difference between a contemporary liberal and a
socialist is that to a liberal the most beautiful word
in the English language is 'forbidden',
whereas to a socialist the most beautiful word is 'compulsory'.
- John McCarthy

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world
that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -
must be broken, or else we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those
to whom they entrust the minds of their children
a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom
they entrust the care of their plumbing.
- John F. Kennedy

Modern medicine is a negation of health.
It isn't organized to serve human health,
but only itself, as an institution.
It makes more people sick than it heals.
- Ivan Illich

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window,
except that the birds might eat them.
- Martin Henry Fischer

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one,
particularly if he plays golf.
- Bertrand Russell

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
- Ambrose Bierce

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century.
It is a city frozen in time.
- Richard Meier

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

Modern people are only willing to believe in their computers,
while I believe in myself.
- Alain Robert

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person,
defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.
- Dave Barry

In modern war...
you will die like a dog for no good reason.
- Ernest Hemingway

The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary
arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people
can keep all their options open all the time.
- Christopher Lasch

Fathers in today's modern families can be so many things.
- Oliver Hudson

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is,
the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

One of the most feared expressions in modern times
is 'The computer is down.'
- Norman Ralph Augustine

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most,
it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
- William Wordsworth

The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago,
during and immediately after World War II.
- Barry Commoner

I think a lot of modern day guitarists start off playing like Eddie van Halen,
and they don't take the time to learn the basics.
- Alvin Lee

No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern.
No idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated.
- Ellen Glasgow

The public history of modern art is the story of conventional
people not knowing what they are dealing with.
- Golda Meir

The fact is that much misunderstanding is often caused
by our modern attempts to limit too strictly the meaning of a Greek word.
- Gilbert Murray

It is so stupid of modern civilisation to have given
up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it.
- Ronald Knox

Not much has been written about the Nereids of modern Greece.
Wherever there is a warm, healing stream they believe
that it flows from the breasts of the Nereids.
- James Theodore Bent

Half of the secular unrest and dismal,
profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain
ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.
- Henry Van Dyke

Civilization is a conspiracy.
Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretences.
- John Buchan

In point of substantial merit the law school belongs
in the modern university no more than a school of fencing or dancing.
- Thorstein Veblen

The Olympic Games of the Modern Era began in 1896 in the city of Athens.
- Bill Toomey

However, the word madda in modern Hebrew specifically means science.
- Norman Lamm


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