"The British are supposed to be particularly averse to intellectuals, a prejudice closely bound up with their dislike of foreigners. Indeed, one important source of this Anglo-Saxon distaste for highbrows and eggheads was the French revolution, which was seen as an attempt to reconstruct society on the basis of abstract rational principles."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Terry Eagleton on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Terry Eagleton on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Terry Eagleton on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Terry Eagleton on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Terry Eagleton on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."