"Most poetry in the modern age has retreated to the private sphere, turning its back on the political realm."
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter."Terry Eagleton on Mark Twain
"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young."Terry Eagleton on Henry Ford
"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."Terry Eagleton on Mark Twain
"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country."Terry Eagleton on Kurt Vonnegut
"A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age."Terry Eagleton on Robert Frost
"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."
"It is true that too much belief can be bad for your health."