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Theodore Dalrymple

Datum narození: 11. říjen 1949

Theodore Dalrymple je anglický lékař a spisovatel.


„Cílem mnoha milionů lidí je svobodně si dělat, co se jim zachce, a nechat za to pykat jiné, když se něco pokazí.“

„In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is... in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.“


„When every benefit received is a right, there is no place for good manners, let alone for gratitude.“

„To regret religion is to regret Western civilization.“

„Feeling good about yourself is not the same thing as doing good. Good policy is more important than good feelings.“

„The bravest and most noble are not those who take up arms, but those who are decent despite everything; who improve what it is in their power to improve, but do not imagine themselves to be saviours. In their humble struggle is true heroism.“

„The purpose of those who argue for cultural diversity is to impose ideological uniformity.“

„If the history of the 20th Century proved anything, it proved that however bad things were, human ingenuity could usually find a way to make them worse.“


„The loss of the religious understanding of the human condition—that Man is a fallen creature for whom virtue is necessary but never fully attainable—is a loss, not a gain, in true sophistication. The secular substitute—the belief in the perfection of life on earth by the endless extension of a choice of pleasures—is not merely callow by comparison but much less realistic in its understanding of human nature.“ Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

„How many people does each of us know who claim to seek happiness but freely choose paths inevitably leading to misery?“ Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

„Of the thousands of patients I have seen, only two or three have ever claimed to be unhappy: all the rest have said that they were depressed. This semantic shift is deeply significant, for it implies that dissatisfaction with life is itself pathological, a medical condition, which it is the responsibility of the doctor to alleviate by medical means. Everyone has a right to health; depression is unhealthy; therefore everyone has a right to be happy (the opposite of being depressed). This idea in turn implies that one’s state of mind, or one’s mood, is or should be independent of the way that one lives one’s life, a belief that must deprive human existence of all meaning, radically disconnecting reward from conduct. A ridiculous pas de deux between doctor and patient ensues: the patient pretends to be ill, and the doctor pretends to cure him. In the process, the patient is wilfully blinded to the conduct that inevitably causes his misery in the first place.“ Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

„There is something deeply attractive, at least to quite a lot of people, about squalor, misery, and vice. They are regarded as more authentic, and certainly more exciting, than cleanliness, happiness, and virtue.“


„I sometimes astonish my patients by telling them that it is far more important that they should be able to lose themselves than that they should be able to find themselves. For it is only in losing oneself that one does find oneself.“

„[T]he scale of a man's evil is not entirely to be measured by its practical consequences. Men commit evil within the scope available to them.“ Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

„There is nothing that an intellectual less likes to change than his mind, or a politician his policy.“

„The idea that freedom is merely the ability to act upon one's whims is surely very thin and hardly begins to capture the complexities of human existence; a man whose appetite is his law strikes us not as liberated but enslaved.“ Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses

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