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Polly Toynbee Quotes and Sayings

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Crime is only the worst example, but it is a paradigm
for other Labour policy disasters.
No one tells the voters that crime is falling:
let them stay scared senseless.
- Polly Toynbee

The best care on earth cannot prevent us all dying in the end.
- Polly Toynbee

There is all the difference in the world between teaching
children about religion and handing them over to be taught by the religious.
- Polly Toynbee

My Lords temporal, today is the day to rise up against
the regiment of Lords spiritual and proclaim the values of enlightenment,
compassion and common sense.
- Polly Toynbee

 

This is indeed a clash of civilisations,
not between Islam and Christendom but between reason and superstition.
- Polly Toynbee

Most people come to fear not death itself,
but the many terrible ways of dying.
- Polly Toynbee

In the polls, over 80% support the right to die and
have done for the last 25 years.
Even 80% of practising Catholics and Protestants support it,
plus 76% of Church Times readers.
- Polly Toynbee

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How do you make any sense of history,
art or literature without knowing the stories and iconography
of your own culture and all the world's main religions?
- Polly Toynbee

But instead of standing up for reason,
our government is handing education over to the world of faith.
- Polly Toynbee

Thresholds of pain, indignity and incapacity are entirely personal.
- Polly Toynbee

So what really works? Treatments in jail do some good,
but it's mostly too late: finding a family and a job
or just growing older make most prisoners eventually give up crime.
- Polly Toynbee

But the single overwhelming reason why jails are bursting
is longer sentences given for more crimes.
- Polly Toynbee

People want the right to die at a time of their own choosing.
Too many families have watched helplessly as a relative dies slowly,
longing for death.
- Polly Toynbee

Openness about death has led to greater care about all aspects of dying.
- Polly Toynbee

Working lives are for the state to influence.
Unemployment makes people unhappy.
So does instability.
- Polly Toynbee

One in six people suffer depression or a chronic anxiety disorder.
These are not the worried well but those in severe
mental pain with conditions crippling enough to prevent
them living normal lives.
- Polly Toynbee

My mother begged doctors to end her life.
She was beyond the physical ability to swallow enough
of the weak morphine pills she had around her.
When she knew she was dying I promised to make sure
she could go at a time of her choosing,
but it was impossible.
I couldn't help.
- Polly Toynbee

Inequality makes everyone unhappy, the poor most of all,
and that is well within the remit of the state.
More money gives less extra happiness the richer we get,
yet we are addicted to earning and spending more every year.
- Polly Toynbee

Happiness is a real, objective phenomenon,
scientifically verifiable.
That means people and whole societies can now be measured
over time and compared accurately with one another.
Causes and cures for unhappiness can be quantified.
- Polly Toynbee

The strongest predictor of unhappiness is anyone who
has had a mental illness in the last 10 years.
It is an even stronger predictor of unhappiness than poverty -
which also ranks highly.
- Polly Toynbee

It is now possible to quantify people's levels of happiness
pretty accurately by asking them,
by observation, and by measuring electrical activity in the brain,
in degrees from terrible pain to sublime joy.
- Polly Toynbee

Could a government dare to set out with happiness as
its goal? Now that there are accepted scientific proofs,
it would be easy to audit the progress of national happiness annually,
just as we monitor money and GDP.
- Polly Toynbee

Is anyone serious about the politics of happiness?
David Cameron dipped a toe in the water,
using the word lightly, but denying the hard policies it implies.
Labour shies away from it, but should take up the challenge.
- Polly Toynbee

But how odd that in this heathen nation of empty pews,
where churches' bare, ruined choirs are converted into luxury loft living,
a Labour government - yes, a Labour government -
is deliberately creating a huge expansion of faith schools.
- Polly Toynbee

No crime is so great as daring to excel.
- Winston Churchill

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

Make crime pay.
Become a lawyer.
- Will Rogers

Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty
sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.
- John Morley

Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Man has no right to kill his brother.
It is no excuse that he does so in uniform:
he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Never think that war, no matter how necessary,
nor how justified, is not a crime.
- Ernest Hemingway

I think that there is nothing, not even crime,
more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself
than this incessant business.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is a crime against the State to be powerful enough to commit one.
- Pierre Corneille

What does signature mean? Supposedly these are the
added touches that make the crime personal to the killer.
- Pat Brown

We cannot lightly allow the perpetrator of a serious
crime to go free simply because that person believed
his actions were reasonable and necessary to prevent some perceived harm.
- Sol Wachtler

Rather leave the crime of the guilty unpunished than condemn the innocent.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

In a closed society where everybody's guilty,
the only crime is getting caught.
In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.
- Hunter S. Thompson

For the past seven years we have been cracking down on crime in Missouri,
passing tougher laws for drug crimes and sex offenses
and requiring prisoners to serve more time.
- Mel Carnahan

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty
is a kind of slander on the poor.
- H. L. Mencken

I wish to note that intellectual property theft by
a government represents the very essence of organized crime.
- Howard Berman

Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the
lowest crime rates in the country.
- Marion Barry

To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime
distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked.
- Vittorio Alfieri

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.
- Friedrich Engels

I believe that the high rates of property crime (and
some of the increase in violent crime) are part of
the price you pay for freedom.
- James Q. Wilson

The Child Custody Protection Act makes it a federal
crime to transport a minor across state lines for the
purpose of obtaining an abortion.
- Ken Calvert

American culture is torn between our long romance with
violence and our terror of the devastation wrought
by war and crime and environmental havoc.
- Katherine Dunn

If you take out the killings, Washington actually has
a very very low crime rate.
- Marion Berry

Success in crime always invites to worse deeds.
- Edward Coke

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
- Honore de Balzac

To restrict the artist is a crime.
It is to murder germinating life.
- Egon Schiele

What I did in my youth is hundreds of times easier today.
Technology breeds crime.
- Frank Abagnale

By this act the president alone is empowered to make the law,
to fix in his mind what acts, words,
what thoughts or looks,
shall constitute such a crime.
- Edward Livingston

Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
- Ambrose Bierce

It is hardly fair to accuse us of ignorance when it
was made a crime under the former order of things to
learn enough about letters to even read the Word of God.
- George H. White

Every work of art is an uncommitted crime.
- Theodor Adorno

There are criminals who are drug users,
but most addicts are criminals only by virtue of prohibition
or from resorting to crime to pay inflated black market prices.
- Danny Sugerman

It doesn't help to fight crime to put people in prison who are innocent.
- Stephen Breyer

We've got to stop focusing solely on the symptoms of crime,
and start caring about the causes as well.
- Carrie P. Meek

Dr. Flint had sworn that he would make me suffer,
to my last day, for this new crime against him,
as he called it; and as long as he had me in his power he kept his word.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

If movies are causing moral decay, then crime ought to be going up,
but crime is going down.
- Jack Valenti

Failure is not a crime.
The crime is not trying.
- Ron Dellums

Poverty is the mother of crime.
- Marcus Aurelius

You wanna get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine,
let's just get rid of all the drug laws.
- Ron Paul

The prisoner is not the one who has commited a crime,
but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.
- Henry Miller

The danger that may really threaten (crime fiction)
is that soon there will be more writers than readers.
- Jacques Barzun

Today it is becoming harder to speak out,
with the inception of the Patriot Act,
the president has legislated free speech to be a crime.
- Frank Serpico

Once I've done a crime, I just forget it.
I go from crime to crime.
- Henry Lee Lucas

I think crime writing is my link with trying to preserve a sort of order.
- Antonia Fraser

Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure,
all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
- H. G. Wells

Every single person in jail for a violent crime had a nightmare childhood.
- Rob Reiner


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