"With fiction, you can talk about plot, character and narrative, whereas a poem brings home the fact that everything that happens in a work of literature happens in terms of language. And this is daunting stuff to deal with."
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."Terry Eagleton on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."Terry Eagleton on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."Terry Eagleton on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."Terry Eagleton on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."Terry Eagleton on Robert Frost
"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."