As THE ARCH CONSERVATIVE prepares for the launch of its Winter 2013 magazine edition (due out the week after Thanksgiving), we are giving our stable of writers a well-deserved respite for all their hard work. Although we will be on hiatus for the next two weeks, we still have a backlog of interesting and incensing content for you to read. Check back often.
For today, we have compiled in one place the Weekly Edification quotes we hand-picked for the month of October, now behind us (so soon!). We hope they are thought-provoking.
“…[A]s pain is to the body, so repugnance is to the soul — a moral-aesthetic warning to which attention must be paid, lest catastrophe befalls us. Shallow are the souls that have forgotten how to shudder.”
—Leon Kass, Intercollegiate Review
“Causes exist worth dying for; but the cause of creature comforts is not among them. The conservative ought to resign that sort of materialism to the Marxists.”
—Russell Kirk, “The Question of Social Justice”
“Health care is too expensive, so the Clinton administration is putting a high-powered coporate lawyer — Hillary — in charge of making it cheaper. (This is what I always do when I want to spend less money — hire a lawyer from Yale.) If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.”
—P.J. O’Rourke “The Liberty Manifesto”
“…It [soft despotism] covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
—Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy in America”