Peter hitchens quotes, Life changing quotes

“Most of the people who would have apologized for Stalin in his day have now found other causes – the cultural and sexual revolution, campaigns to tax the Western poor to provide money for Africa’s rich, and above all, the intolerant and puritan secular fundamentalism that gathers around the belief in manmade global warming.”
― Peter Hitchens

“hope to do in the pages that follow is to explain first of all how I, gently brought up in a loving home and diligently instructed by conscientious teachers, should have come to reject so completely what they said. I had some good reasons for refusing some of it. My mistake was to dispense with it all, indiscriminately. I hope to show that one of the things I was schooled in was not, in fact, religion, but a strange and vulnerable counterfeit of it—a counterfeit”
― Peter Hitchens

“Proper education is a fundamentally conservative activity, based on the assumption that a body of knowledge exists, is in the hands of the adult and educated, and can be passed on in measurable ways, by disciplined learning reinforced with authority.”
― Peter Hitchens

“We must decide whether to act as if the universe is a cosmic car-crash, in which our actions have no significance beyond their observable effects, or an ordered and purposeful whole, in which our actions continue to echo and reverberate down all eternity.”
― Peter Hitchens

“This society, promoted by its leaders as an egalitarian utopia, was in truth one of the most unequal societies on earth.”
― Peter Hitchens

“You cannot really debate with somebody who truly despises you.”
― Peter Hitchens

“I just hope I die naturally before somebody breaks into my house and beats me to death for whatever I happen to have in my wallet, it’s just a race between the one and the other for me.”
― Peter Hitchens

“Proper education is a fundamentally conservative activity, based on the assumption that a body of knowledge exists, is in the hands of the adult and educated, and can be passed on in measurable ways, by disciplined learning reinforced with authority.”
― Peter Hitchens

“Is there any point in public debate in a society where hardly anyone has been taught how to think, while millions have been taught what to think?”
― Peter Hitchens

“The conservative society accepts that rebellion and bad behavior are natural and must be curbed. The liberal society requires all its citizens to be perfectly balanced, conforming to its ideals and aims with a happy heart and a willing mind”
― Peter Hitchens

“Americans may say they love our accents (I have been accused of sounding ‘like Princess Di’) but the more thoughtful ones resent and rather dislike us as a nation and people, as friends of mine have found out by being on the edge of conversations where Americans assumed no Englishmen were listening.
― Peter Hitchens

And it is the English, specifically, who are the targets of this. Few Americans have heard of Wales. All of them have heard of Ireland and many of them think they are Irish. Scotland gets a sort of free pass, especially since Braveheart re-established the Scots’ anti-English credentials among the ignorant millions who get their history off the TV.”
― Peter Hitchens

“The problem of utopia is that it can only be approached across a sea of blood, and you never arrive.”
― Peter Hitchens

“I think it is important for our society to wonder why it has lately become so ready to accept that human woe can be cured or soothed by chemicals. These chemicals do not alter or reform the ills of our civilisation. They adapt the human being to them.”
― Peter Hitchens

“Far too many people—many of them academics, many politicians—continue to jabber about a supposed ‘special relationship’ between our two countries.
― Peter Hitchens

I used to think that no such thing existed. Recently, I have become convinced that it does, and that it is in fact Especially Bad Relationship.”
― Peter Hitchens

“If you drive God out the world then you create a howling wilderness.”
― Peter Hitchens

“Only one reliable force stands in the way of the power of the strong over the weak. Only one reliable force forms the foundation of the concept of the rule of law. Only one reliable force restrains the hand of the man of power. And, in an age of power-worship, the Christian religion has become the principal obstacle to the desire of earthly utopians for absolute power.”
― Peter Hitchens

“The Bolsheviks killed their own most loyal supporters at Kronstadt in 1921, because they failed to understand that the revolution no longer required revolutionaries, but obedient servants.”
― Peter Hitchens

“In my early teens, [my grandfather] would sometimes stomp around his living room, where he used to shave towards mid-day with bowl, brush, and open razor, deriding my ignorance and mocking the made-up discipline of sociology, which I at one stage claimed to be studying. ‘What is sociology?’ he roared derisively, twisting and rolling the silly word on his Hampshire’s tongue. I knew, alas, that he was quite right.”
― Peter Hitchens

“I concede to my atheist opponents that belief or unbelief is a choice. As a choice, it is based upon desire. I desire, and therefore choose to believe in, one kind of universe, one that has laws and purpose with justice woven into its very fabric. The unbeliever desires, and therefore chooses to believe in, a chaotic universe where the dead remain dead and actions have no effect beyond their immediately observable consequences.”
― Peter Hitchens

“We welcome into our homes the machines that vacuum the thoughts out of our heads and pump in someone else’s. John Berger in Ways of Seeing said that television advertisers succeeded by persuading viewers to envy themselves as they would be if they bought the product. These programs do something similar, by persuading the viewer to envy himself as he would be if his life were that little bit more exciting and melodramatic than it actually is. They can make things seem normal that are not.”
― Peter Hitchens

“the balance of power between the sexes had been destabilized, and relations between mothers and their children transformed from a natural and accepted one to a mere option.”
― Peter Hitchens

“The US constitution is like Washington DC, a matter of columns and beautiful design, the English constitution is more like a forest, you can’t build a forest, you can easily cut it down, and that is what we’re doing, we’re cutting down a forest that we can’t rebuild.”
― Peter Hitchens

“I happen to think Israel is in many ways a noble enterprise, worth defending and supporting, and that Israel’s fashionable enemies in the West have allied themselves with some of the nastiest and most bigoted forces now loose in the world.”
― Peter Hitchens

“By…handing children the fruit of the tree of knowledge unmediated by adult wisdom, we have abandoned our young to powers and influences which we cannot control, and whose strength we do not know. To leave a child unsupervised in front of a television set is no less dangerous than giving it neat gin, or putting it within reach of narcotics.”
― Peter Hitchens

“Anyone who can control a major television channel can use it to pour out propaganda, but it is only this new generation that does not know how to resist it, provided it uses the right sort of codes, language, and symbols. None of these codes, languages, or symbols are conservative, or can be used by a conservative because they are ‘subversive’ of the imagined ‘authority’ of a mythical ‘establishment’, which of course includes the Tories”
― Peter Hitchens

“The conservative society accepts that rebellion and bad behavior are natural and must be curbed. The liberal society requires all its citizens to be perfectly balanced, conforming to its ideals and aims with a happy heart and a willing mind”
― Peter Hitchens

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