We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.
"The Idea of Progress" (Romanes Lecture, 27 May 1920), reprinted in Outspoken Essays: Second Series (1922).
There are two kinds of fools: one says, "This is old, therefore it is good"; the other says, "This is new, therefore it is better."William Ralph Inge
It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.William Ralph Inge
Many people believe that theyare attracted by God, or by Nature, when theyare only repelled by man.William Ralph Inge
The enemies of freedom do not argue; they shout and they shoot.William Ralph Inge
No word in our language not even "Socialism" has been employed more loosely than " Mysticism ." … The history of the word begins in close connexion with the Greek mysteries. A mystic is one who has been, or is being, initiated into some esoteric knowledge of Divine things, about which he must keep his mouth shut…William Ralph Inge
Patriotism varies, from a noble devotion to a moral lunacy.William Ralph Inge
It is becoming impossible for those who mix at all with their fellow-men to believe that the grace of God is distributed denominationally.William Ralph Inge
It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.William Ralph Inge
The fruit of the tree of knowledge, always drives man from some paradise or other.William Ralph Inge
Civilization is a disease which is almost invariably fatal.William Ralph Inge
I have never understood why it should be considered derogatory to the Creator to suppose that he has a sense of humour.William Ralph Inge
So the pendulum swings, now violently, now slowly; and every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.William Ralph Inge
A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbours.William Ralph Inge
When our first parents were driven out of Paradise, Adam is believed to have remarked to Eve: "My dear, we live in an age of transition."William Ralph Inge
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter. This is what makes the trade of historian so attractive.William Ralph Inge
"A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestory and by a common hatred of its neighbors."William Ralph Inge
A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he cannot sit on it.William Ralph Inge
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