Malcolm Muggeridge

(Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge)

Malcolm Muggeridge
Malcolm Muggeridge
  • Born: March 24, 1903
  • Died: November 14, 1990
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Journalist, Author, Satirist









Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge was an English journalist and satirist. As a young man, Muggeridge was attracted to communism but he became a forceful anti-communist after travelling to the Soviet Union. During the Second World War he worked for the British government as a soldier and a spy. He converted to Christianity and helped bring Mother Teresa to popular attention in the West. He was also a critic of the sexual revolution and drug use. He wrote and published two volumes of an acclaimed autobiography Chronicles of Wasted Time.

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[Referring to British Prime Minister Anthony Eden: He is not only a bore but he bores for England. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
All of us admire people we don't like and like people we don't admire
Find it quite impossible to get excited about the atomic bomb as such, can’t see that it really alters anything. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
He was not only a bore; he bored for England Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Journalists follow authority as sharks follow a liner, dining on the scraps that are thrown overboard. Media, Journalism & The Press
Macmillan seemed, in his very person, to embody the national decay he supposed himself to be confuting. He exuded a flavor of mothballs. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Secrecy is as essential to Intelligence as vestments to a Mass, or darkness to a spiritualist seance, and must at all costs be maintained, quite irrespective of whether or not it serves any purpose. Secrecy & Transparency
Bad humor is an evasion of reality; good humor is an acceptance of it. Humor
Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message. Life ;Religion & God ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Few men of action have been able to make a graceful exit at the appropriate time. Time
He was not only a bore; he bored for England.
History will see advertising as one of the real evil things of our time. It is stimulating people constantly to want things, want this, want that. Time ;History
I can say that I never knew what joy was like until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus. Happiness & Unhappiness
It was a somber place, haunted by old jokes and lost laughter. Life, as I discovered, holds no more wretched occupation than trying to make the English laugh. Life
My opinion, my conviction, gains immensely in strength and sureness the minute a second mind as adopted it.
Never forget that only dead fish swim with the stream.
One of the many pleasures of old age is giving things up.
One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we've developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything. Truth ;Religion & God
People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to.
Sex is the ersatz or substitute religion of the 20th Century. Religion & God
Sex is the mysticism of materialism and the only possible religion in a materialistic society. Society ;Religion & God
St. Teresa of Avila described our life in this world as like a night at a second-class hotel. Life
Surely the glory of journalism is its transience.
The pursuit of happiness, which American citizens are obliged to undertake, tends to involve them in trying to perpetuate the moods, tastes and aptitudes of youth. Happiness & Unhappiness
The trouble with kingdoms of heaven on earth is that they're liable to come to pass, and then their fraudulence is apparent for all to see. We need a kingdom of heaven in Heaven, if only because it can't be realized.
There is no such thing as darkness; only a failure to see. Failure
This horror of pain is a rather low instinct and... if I think of human beings I've known and of my own life, such as it is, I can't recall any case of pain which didn't, on the whole, enrich life. Life
Travel, of course, narrows the mind. Travel