Truth cannot be defined or tested by agreement with ‘the world’; for not only do truths differ for different worlds but the nature of agreement between a world apart from it is notoriously nebulous.
The new always happens against the overwhelming odds of statistical laws and their probability, which for all practical, everyday purposes amounts to certainty; the new therefore always appears in the guise of a miracle.
Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.
Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject.
A master of improvised speech and improvised policies.
Waiting for the end, boys, waiting for the end.
The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
People’s backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.
In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer – the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power.
Economic growth may one day turn out to be a curse rather than a good, and under no conditions can it either lead into freedom or constitute a proof for its existence.