"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."
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."Terry Eagleton on Mark Twain
"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."Terry Eagleton on Albert Einstein
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."Terry Eagleton on Colin Powell
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."Terry Eagleton on Dale Carnegie
"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."Terry Eagleton on Abraham Lincoln
"Most poetry in the modern age has retreated to the private sphere, turning its back on the political realm."
"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."
"It is true that too much belief can be bad for your health."