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Malcolm Muggeridge Quotes and Sayings

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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

Bad humor is an evasion of reality; good humor is an acceptance of it.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

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

 

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

Sex is the ersatz or substitute religion of the 20th Century.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

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The orgasm has replaced the cross as the focus of longing and fulfillment.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible
religion in a materialistic society.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

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

Good taste and humor are a contradiction in terms,
like a chaste whore.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

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

Travel, of course, narrows the mind.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

One of the many pleasures of old age is giving things up.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

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

Surely the glory of journalism is its transience.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

How do I know pornography depraves and corrupts? It
depraves and corrupts me.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
- 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

He was not only a bore; he bored for England.
- Malcolm Muggeridge

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

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

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

My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient.
Besides, life has so much humor.
- Manuel Puig

Even colors were important to me.
If it was a somber scene, the colors were muted and dark.
If it was a happy or seductive scene,
the colors were brighter.
- Donna Mills

A penumbra of somber dignity has descended over his reputation.
- James Atlas

The most important thing about a TV set is to get it
back against something and not out in the middle of
a room where it's like a somber fellow making electronic judgments on you.
- Bruce Jay Friedman

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather PHOTO

We tell the real truth of our life
by the stories we repeatedly tell.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you follow the trail of your own
enthusiastically repeated stories,
you will begin to rediscover the things
that invigorate and enliven you.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our stories are the window to our emotions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most erroneous stories are those
we think we know best -
and therefore never scrutinize or question.
- Stephen Jay Gould

The world just IS, and we all have our stories about it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am merely a bit player in your stories,
as you are merely a bit player in mine.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I forgive myself completely for having created stories of suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
- Terry Pratchett

The "stories" we choose to tell about our past
are never what a video camera would have recorded.
We can tell a sad story or a happy story,
and neither story is either
more accurate or "better" than the other story.
The difference is that one story causes us to suffer,
while the other brings us joy. I choose joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I forgive myself completely
for having created stories of suffering.
I forgive myself for all
my angers, resentments, jealousies,
and all the other emotions of suffering.
I have unbounded compassion for myself
at all times and under all circumstances.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you have an emotional reaction in the presence of someone,
your heart is telling you that you have
not resolved your issues with them.
In other words, you have not truly forgiven that person.
All of this begs the question, how do we forgive?
First, cease lying to yourself and stop telling yourself stories
about why you behave the way you do.
Stop blaming your behavior on other people
and take responsibility for your emotional reactions.
If you could forgive all the people in your life
who have hurt or wounded you
it would be possible to be in control of your behavior
instead of being in reaction to other people all of the time.
Imagine living life without experiencing
a constant emotional roller-coaster of pain, anger, and jealousy!
That would be bliss!
-Sheri Rosenthal

Some stories are true that never happened.
- Elie Wiesel

As a novelist, I tell stories and people give me money.
Then financial planners tell me stories and I give them money.
- Martin Cruz Smith

I confessed recently to an old friend,
"I realized I was looking at you,
in your visit, through old glasses.
Speaking old words.
Telling old stories.
I realize that in my life I've made so many
physical changes and I need to give my spirit time to catch up."
Time for my spirit to look at my friend
through the new glasses of current life experiences.
Old friends are precious.
They become even more treasured when they are wrapped
in the currentness of life experiences
and not relegated to the past in which they once lived.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

That's what the holidays are for - for one person to
tell the stories and another to dispute them.
Isn't that the Irish way?
- Lara Flynn Boyle

Once I was chased by the king of all scorpions.
I have the most notorious animal stories.
- Rachel Hunter

I was always inventing characters and making up stories.
- Suzanne Vega

Movies like that aren't about the visual effects and explosions.
They're human stories about family, about life,
about death.
- Orlando Bloom

Young writers only take off when they find their subjects.
Since almost everyone has a family and stories about family,
that is often a place to start.
- Robert Morgan

I wanted to hold onto and exploit the power of narrative.
This is not only a book about a great storyteller,
but there have to be stories about the storyteller.
- Stephen Greenblatt

I've got five or six unpublished stories kicking around
looking for somebody to buy them.
- Larry Niven

Fiction came quite a while later.
I began with short stories and fiction for children.
- Helen Dunmore

Sea Hunt was the first time anyone tackled a show that took place underwater.
The stories were sort of exciting for kids,
like cops and robbers underwater.
- Lloyd Bridges

I thought I wanted to be a playwright because I was
interested in stories and telling stories.
- Francis Ford Coppola

With Groo, I try to do one story every book.
Sometimes the stories are better if they go a little longer,
and I choose to do it in four issues.
- Sergio Aragones

I have heard repeated stories of meth users leaving
their children unattended for days as they cook,
use and then sleep off the intense effects of methamphetamine.
- Rick Larsen

Television's not going read stories to you.
- Kurt Loder

As a child, my mother told me lots of fairy stories,
many her own invention.
She, too, tended to reverse the norm.
- Tanith Lee

I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children's stories.
- Bobby McFerrin

Crime stories are, as you know, one of the most popular
forms of entertainment that exist.
If you then try to have something to say...
that I have, of course.
- Steig Larsson

Les Miserables is one of my favorite stories.
- Larry King

When modern writers gave up telling stories,
they gave up the greatest thing we had.
- Howard Nemerov

My stories are character driven.
- Terry McMillan

Our stories are different; our pain is the same.
- Betty Buckley

Mr. Disney and his staff were constantly scouting for
great stories to bring to life on film.
- Annette Funicello

Lawyers didn't seriously get involved in the Watergate
stories until quite late,
when we realized we were on to something.
- Bob Woodward

The really tough thing would have been to decide to
take Woodward and Bernstein off the story.
They were carrying the coal for us -
in that their stories were right.
- Ben Bradlee

I vividly remember the stories my grandfather told
me about the carnage of the First World War,
which people tend to forget was one of the worst massacres in human history.
- Antonio Tabucchi

That's what heroic stories do for us.
They show us the way.
They remind us of the good we are capable of.
- Sam Raimi

Orlando's a part of me.
The next guy's a part of me.
And the next guy's a part of me.
That's all I'm trying to do, is tell cool stories that people can relate to.
- Shemar Moore

I don't think they knew exactly where they were going with the character,
but they lay those stories out ahead of time,
so they had some idea where they wanted it to go.
- David Selby

New York in a way functions as another character within the story,
as it does within most of Woody Allen's stories.
- Radha Mitchell


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