Quotes by Douglas Murray

  • People for whom politics is absolutely everything, have very little to bring to it.

    Obsession, Politics, Shallowness

  • It's no good having a virtuous media without a virtuous public.

    Media, People, Virtue

  • It is easy to expect others to be benevolent on your own behalf once you have signalled that you were on side of the Earth's poor and oppressed.The consequences of your benevolence can be left to others.

    Avoidance, Benevolence, Charity, Evasion, Responsibility

  • Currently, art in the world plays the games of facile deconstruction and is largely tongue in cheek, naive, ironic or jokey insincerity , all of which fills so many galleries and sells for such huge sums of money.These three movements in contemporary art – parasitic, haunted full stop and the studiedly insincere, represent the culture all too well.

    Art, Artists, Culture

  • Anagnorisis, was what Aristotle termed the desire to connect us to something like the spirit of religion, or that thrill of recognition which grants you the sense of having just caught up with the truth was always waiting for you.

    Excitement, Passions, Serendipity, Stimulation

  • There was a point in 20th-century Europe when the aim of the artist and expectations of the public changed.The public approach to art moved from admiration – 'I wish I could do that', to disdain – 'even a child could do that'.The technical ambition of the artist significantly diminished and often disappeared altogether.

    Art, Artists

  • Everything that came out from Russia and the Eastern Bloc showed that if communism had been a nightmare for the world, it had been a catastrophe for the people it had claimed to govern.

    Communism, dictatorship, Russia

  • Despite the unparalleled opportunity, media and social media cannot help purveying endless rounds of reaction and gossip.To immerse oneself in popular culture for any length of time is to wallow in an almost unbearable shallowness.

    Culture, Media, Shallowness, Social Media

  • It is better off not to ask the questions because the answers to them are bad.If the people shouting fire are silenced or stopped , then the problem they are identifying will go away.

    Questions, Race relations, Repression, Society, Solutions

  • Most people outside Europe, or the cultures we have influenced, share none of our fears, distrusts or doubts.They do not distrust their own instincts or their own actions.They do not fear acting in their own interest or think that their own self-interest should not be furthered.

    Determinism, Nations, Self-interest

  • Visible failure and a sense of lost moorings can be, for the individual, as for society, not only a cause for concern, but an exhausting emotional process.Where once there was an overriding explanation, now there is only an overriding uncertainty and question.

    Direction, Morals, Nations, Philosophy

  • Embedding the idea of original sin in a nation, is the best possible way to breed self-doubt – it suggests you can do little by way of good, because you were rotten from the start.

    Character, Europe, Nations, Self Doubt

  • Only Europeans and their descendants remember guilt, so only Europeans and their descendants have continuously to atone for it.

    Atonement, Europe, Guilt

  • The desire to continue to feel yourself guilty, arguably finds its endpoint in modern European liberal societies, the first societies in human history who, when they are hit, ask what they did to deserve it. Un-assuageable historical guilt carries over into the present.

    Europe, Guilt, History, Liberality, Society

  • A society that rewards those with masochistic tendencies, and indeed tells people with such tendencies that their tendencies are not just natural but a demonstration of virtue, is a society likely to produce a higher concentration of masochists than most.

    Character, Guilt, Masochism, Society