"Imagine someone holding forth on biology whose only knowledge of the subject is 'The Book of British Birds,' and you have a rough idea of what it feels like to read Richard Dawkins on theology."
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."Terry Eagleton on Albert Einstein
"Information is not knowledge."Terry Eagleton on Albert Einstein
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."Terry Eagleton on Marcus Garvey
"Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be."Terry Eagleton on Albert Einstein
"Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."Terry Eagleton on William Shakespeare
"Most poetry in the modern age has retreated to the private sphere, turning its back on the political realm."
"In the end, the humanities can only be defended by stressing how indispensable they are and this means insisting on their vital role in the whole business of academic learning, rather than protesting that, like some poor relation, they don't cost much to be housed."
"The conversion of agnostic High Tories to the Anglican church is always rather suspect. It seems too pat and predictable, too clearly a matter of politics rather than faith."
"Dawkins considers that all faith is blind faith, and that Christian and Muslim children are brought up to believe unquestioningly. Not even the dim-witted clerics who knocked me about at grammar school thought that."
"The German philosopher Walter Benjamin had the curious notion that we could change the past. For most of us, the past is fixed while the future is open."