Malcolm Muggeridge Quotes

Home / Journalist / Malcolm Muggeridge Quotes
Malcolm Muggeridge
Born Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge
(1903-03-24)24 March 1903
Sanderstead, Surrey, England
Died 14 November 1990(1990-11-14) (aged 87)
Robertsbridge, East Sussex, England
Nationality British
Alma mater Selwyn College, Cambridge
Occupation Journalist, author, satirist

There is no such thing as darkness; only a failure to see.
Sex is the ersatz or substitute religion of the 20th Century.
Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time.
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
My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength and sureness the minute a second mind as adopted it.
Malcolm Muggeridge
Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
Travel, of course, narrows the mind.
Surely the glory of journalism is its transience.
Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society.
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
One of the many pleasures of old age is giving things up.
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
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
St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel.
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

Bad humor is an evasion of reality; good humor is an acceptance of it.
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.
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
People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to.
Bad humor is an evasion of reality; good humor is an acceptance of it.