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    As a child I found railroad stations exciting, mysterious, and even beautiful, as indeed they often were.
    — Paul Johnson
    In the long term, it is desirable that the human race, faced with the prospect of extinction on Earth, should prepare an escape route for itself to another inhabitable planet.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: human  earth  race 
     
    A Stalin functionary admitted, Innocent people were arrested: naturally - otherwise no one would be frightened. If people were arrested only for specific misdemeanours, all the others would feel safe and so become ripe for treason.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: people 
     
    Marxism, Freudianism, global warming. These are proof - of which history offers so many examples - that people can be suckers on a grand scale. To their fanatical followers they are a substitute for religion. Global warming, in particular, is a creed, a faith, a dogma that has little to do with science.
    — Paul Johnson
    Every good historian is almost by definition a revisionist. He looks at the accepted view of a particular historic episode or period with a very critical eye.
    — Paul Johnson
    For me this is the vital litmus test: no intellectual society can flourish where a Jew feels even slightly uneasy.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: society 
     
    In the last generation, with public Christianity in headlong retreat, we have caught our first, distant view of a de-Christianized world , and it is not encouraging.
    — Paul Johnson
    The most evil person I ever met was a toss-up between Pablo Picasso and the publisher-crook Robert Maxwell.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: evil  people 
     
    Hell is being trapped in a night-club with the'beautiful people'and forced to live in a'luxury penthouse flat'.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: live  hell 
     
    The word 'meaningful' when used today is nearly always meaningless.
    — Paul Johnson
    Wisdom lies not in possessing knowledge - which quickly becomes outdated - but in perpetually seeking it.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: lies  wisdom 
     
    There are no inevitabilities in history
    — Paul Johnson
    If anti-Semitism is a variety of racism, it is a most peculiar variety, with many unique characteristics. In my view as a historian, it is so peculiar that it deserves to be placed in a quite different category. I would call it an intellectual disease, a disease of the mind, extremely infectious and massively destructive.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: racism  mind 
     
    Euphemism is a human device to conceal the horrors of reality.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: reality  horror  human 
     
    Global warming, like Marxism, is a political theory of actions, demanding compliance with its rules.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: action  rules  political 
     
    The most socially subversive institution of our time is the one-parent family.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: time 
     
    ...the century's most radical vice... the notion that human beings can be shoveled around like concrete.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: human  radical 
     
    My grandfather used to say, "Learn to like art, music and literature deeply and passionately. They will be your friends when things are bad". It is true: at this time of year, when days are short and dark, and one hardly dares to open the newspapers, I turn, not vainly either, to the great creators of the past for distraction, solace and help.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: time  past  friends  dark  help  music  literature  year 
     
    His (Lenin's)humanitarianism was a very abstract passion. It embraced humanity in general but he seems to have had little love for, or even interest in, humanity in particular. He saw the people with whom he dealt, his comrades, not as individuals but as receptacles for his ideas. On that basis, and no other, they were judged. He judged man not by their moral qualities but by their views, or rather the degree to which they accepted his.
    — Paul Johnson
    The urge to distribute wealth equally, and still more the belief that it can be brought about by political action, is the most dangerous of all popular emotions. It is the legitimation of envy, of all the deadly sins the one which a stable society based on consensus should fear the most. The monster state is a source of many evils; but it is, above all, an engine of envy.
    — Paul Johnson
    A deliberate plan is not always necessary for the highest art; it emerges.
    — Paul Johnson
    If you depart from moral absolutes, you go into a bottomless pit. Communism and Nazism were catastrophic evils which both derived from moral relativism. Their differences were minor compared to their similarities.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: evil  communism  morals 
     
    The Second World War took place not so much because no one won the First, but because the Versailles Treaty did not acknowledge this truth.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: truth  world  war 
     
    The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.
    — Paul Johnson
    Nothing appeals to intellectuals more than the feeling that they represent 'the people'. Nothing, as a rule, is further from the truth
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: truth  people  rules 
     
    I very much wanted to be editor of the 'New Statesman!' But I never wanted to be prime minister, except maybe as a little boy.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: boys 
     
    Democracy has many enemies, and the terrorist is only one of them.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: enemies  enemy  democracy 
     
    In 1924 Mao took a Chinese friend, newly arrived from Europe, to see the notorious sign in the Shanghai park, 'Chinese and Dogs Not Allowed'.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: friends  dog 
     
    If I see a door ajar, I push on it to see how far it will open, and if it opens wide I go through it.
    — Paul Johnson
    As the CIA and KGB, like God and Satan, fight Miltonic battles across five continents.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: fight  battle  god  satan 
     
    Bismarck had cunningly taught the parties not to aim at national appeal but to represent interests. They remained class or sectional pressure-groups under the Republic. This was fatal, for it made the party system, and with it democratic parliamentarianism, seem a divisive rather than a unifying factor. Worse: it meant the parties never produced a leader who appealed beyond the narrow limits of his own following.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: leader 
     
    You know you're an Arizona native when you have to look up "mass transit" in the dictionary.
    — Paul Johnson
    Courage is the essential element in any great public man or woman.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: men  women  courage 
     
    This book is dedicated to the people of America-strong, outspoken, intense in their convictions, sometimes wrong-headed but always generous and brave, with a passion for justice no nation has ever matched.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: justice  people  book  passion 
     
    If we want foxes, to observe and delight in, we must have hunting.
    — Paul Johnson
    Human beings are infinitely worth studying, especially the peculiarities that often go along with outstanding gifts.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: human  gift  worth 
     
    I was very fond of Princess Diana. She used to have me over to lunch to ask my advice. I'd give her good advice, and she'd say: 'I entirely agree. Paul, you're so right.' Then she'd go and do the opposite.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: advice  right 
     
    The most intimidating world leader was Lyndon Johnson, who became U.S. President when John Kennedy was assassinated. He exulted in this power and liked to inspire fear.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: fear  power  world  leader  inspire 
     
    Next to courage, willpower is the most important thing in politics.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: politics  courage 
     
    Scanning the newspapers and absorbing with a mixture of incredulity and indignation the enormities they report, I conclude that what England lacks today is, quite simply, sense.
    — Paul Johnson
    tags: england 
     
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