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Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The unbeliever imagines that religion pretends to offer answers, while the believer knows that the only promise it makes is to multiply questions. The unbeliever imagines that religion pretends to offer answers, while the believer knows that the only promise it makes is to multiply questions.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Everything that makes man feel that mystery envelops him makes him more intelligent. Everything that makes man feel that mystery envelops him makes him more intelligent.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Truths are not relative. What is relative are opinions about truth. Truths are not relative. What is relative are opinions about truth.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Faith is not knowledge of an object but communion with it. Faith is not knowledge of an object but communion with it.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: When he is stripped of the Christian tunic and the classical toga, there is nothing left of the European but a pale-skinned barbarian. When he is stripped of the Christian tunic and the classical toga, there is nothing left of the European but a pale-skinned barbarian.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The greatest modern error is not to proclaim that God died, but to believe that the devil has died. The greatest modern error is not to proclaim that God died, but to believe that the devil has died.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: In society just as in the soul,when hierarchies abdicate the appetites rule. In society just as in the soul,
when hierarchies abdicate the appetites rule.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: When nothing in society deserves respect, we should fashion for ourselves in solitude new silent loyalties. When nothing in society deserves respect, we should fashion for ourselves in solitude new silent loyalties.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Wise politics is the art of invigorating society and weakening the State. Wise politics is the art of invigorating society and weakening the State.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Being a reactionary is not about believing in certain solutions, but about having an acute sense of the complexity of the problems. Being a reactionary is not about believing in certain solutions, but about having an acute sense of the complexity of the problems.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Violence is not necessary to destroy a civilization. Each civilization dies fromindifference toward the unique values which created it. Violence is not necessary to destroy a civilization. Each civilization dies from
indifference toward the unique values which created it.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: To tolerate does not mean to forget that what we tolerate does not deserve anything more To tolerate does not mean to forget that what we tolerate does not deserve anything more
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: A reactionary is anyone who is not prepared to buy his victory at any price. A reactionary is anyone who is not prepared to buy his victory at any price.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The anarchy that threatens a degrading society is not its punishment, but its remedy. The anarchy that threatens a degrading society is not its punishment, but its remedy.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Between man and nothingness passes the shadow of God. Between man and nothingness passes the shadow of God.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The Church used to absolve sinners; today it has the gall to absolve sins. The Church used to absolve sinners; today it has the gall to absolve sins.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: To be right is just one more reason not to achieve any success. To be right is just one more reason not to achieve any success.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: I distrust every idea that doesn't seem obsolete and grotesque to my contemporaries. I distrust every idea that doesn't seem obsolete and grotesque to my contemporaries.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Nowadays public opinion is not the sum of private opinions. On the contrary, private opinions are an echo of public opinion Nowadays public opinion is not the sum of private opinions. On the contrary, private opinions are an echo of public opinion
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Where Christianity disappears, greed, envy, and lust invent a thousand ideologies to justify themselves. Where Christianity disappears, greed, envy, and lust invent a thousand ideologies to justify themselves.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Why deceive ourselves? Science has not answered a single important question. Why deceive ourselves? Science has not answered a single important question.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: In a century where the media publish endless stupidities, the cultured man is defined not by what he knows but by what he ignores. In a century where the media publish endless stupidities, the cultured man is defined not by what he knows but by what he ignores.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The particular creature we love is never God's rival. What ends in apostasy is the worship of man, the cult of humanity. The particular creature we love is never God's rival. What ends in apostasy is the worship of man, the cult of humanity.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Jesus Christ would not attract listeners today by preaching as the Son of God, but as the son of a carpenter. Jesus Christ would not attract listeners today by preaching as the Son of God, but as the son of a carpenter.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: In the intelligent man faith is the only remedy for anguish.The fool is cured by "reason," "progress," alcohol, work. In the intelligent man faith is the only remedy for anguish.
The fool is cured by "reason," "progress," alcohol, work.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: In an age in which the media broadcast countless pieces of foolishness, the educated man is defined not by what he knows, but by what he doesn't know. In an age in which the media broadcast countless pieces of foolishness, the educated man is defined not by what he knows, but by what he doesn't know.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Liberty is not an end, but a means. Whoever mistakes it for an end does not know what to do once he attains it. Liberty is not an end, but a means. Whoever mistakes it for an end does not know what to do once he attains it.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The pure reactionary is not a dreamer of abolished pasts, but a hunter of sacred shades on the eternal hills. The pure reactionary is not a dreamer of abolished pasts, but a hunter of sacred shades on the eternal hills.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Useless, like a revolution. Useless, like a revolution.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: A simple fit of impatience often soon bridges the distance between utopia and murder. A simple fit of impatience often soon bridges the distance between utopia and murder.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Conformism and non-conformism are symmetrical expressions of a lack of originality. Conformism and non-conformism are symmetrical expressions of a lack of originality.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Hierarchies are celestial. In hell all are equal. Hierarchies are celestial. In hell all are equal.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The genuine coherence of our ideas does not come from the reasoning that ties them together, but from the spiritual impulse that gives rise to them. The genuine coherence of our ideas does not come from the reasoning that ties them together, but from the spiritual impulse that gives rise to them.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: An irreligious society cannot endure the truth of the human condition.It prefers a lie, no matter how idiotic it may be. An irreligious society cannot endure the truth of the human condition.
It prefers a lie, no matter how idiotic it may be.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Modern man is a prisoner who thinks he is free because he refrains from touching the walls of his dungeon. Modern man is a prisoner who thinks he is free because he refrains from touching the walls of his dungeon.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Many love humanity only in order to forget God with a clear conscience. Many love humanity only in order to forget God with a clear conscience.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Only he lives his life who observes it, thinks it, and says it; the rest let life live them. Only he lives his life who observes it, thinks it, and says it; the rest let life live them.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The reactionary's objection is not discussed; it is disdained. The reactionary's objection is not discussed; it is disdained.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: It is impossible to convince the fool that there are pleasures superior to those we share with the rest of the animals. It is impossible to convince the fool that there are pleasures superior to those we share with the rest of the animals.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Observing life is too interesting to waste time living it. Observing life is too interesting to waste time living it.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The fool is disturbed not when they tell him that his ideas are false, but when they suggest that they have gone out of style. The fool is disturbed not when they tell him that his ideas are false, but when they suggest that they have gone out of style.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: In spiritually arid centuries, the only man to realize that the century is dying from thirst is the man who still harnesses an underground spring. In spiritually arid centuries, the only man to realize that the century is dying from thirst is the man who still harnesses an underground spring.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The philosopher is not the spokesman of his age, but an angel imprisoned in time. The philosopher is not the spokesman of his age, but an angel imprisoned in time.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Modern history is the dialogue between two men: one who believes in God, another who believes he is a god. Modern history is the dialogue between two men: one who believes in God, another who believes he is a god.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The true religion is monastic, ascetic, authoritarian, hierarchical. The true religion is monastic, ascetic, authoritarian, hierarchical.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Man matures when he stops believing that politics solves his problems. Man matures when he stops believing that politics solves his problems.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The modern world seems invincible. Like the extinct dinosaurs. The modern world seems invincible. Like the extinct dinosaurs.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Without economic concerns the fool dies from boredom. Without economic concerns the fool dies from boredom.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The curve of man's knowledge of himself ascends until the 17th century, declines gradually afterwards, in this century it finally plummets The curve of man's knowledge of himself ascends until the 17th century, declines gradually afterwards, in this century it finally plummets
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The French Revolution has been the highest wave of the Gnostic tide. The French Revolution has been the highest wave of the Gnostic tide.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Relativism is the solution of one who is incapable of putting things in order. Relativism is the solution of one who is incapable of putting things in order.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The individual seeks out the heat of the crowd, in this century, to protect himself against the cold emanating from the corpse of the world. The individual seeks out the heat of the crowd, in this century, to protect himself against the cold emanating from the corpse of the world.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: The so highly acclaimed "dominion of man over nature" turned out to be merely an enormous capability to kill. The so highly acclaimed "dominion of man over nature" turned out to be merely an enormous capability to kill.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Modern man does not love, but seeks refuge in love; does not hope, but seeks refuge in hope; does not believe, but seeks refuge in a dogma. Modern man does not love, but seeks refuge in love; does not hope, but seeks refuge in hope; does not believe, but seeks refuge in a dogma.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Total freedom of expression does not compensate for lack of talent. Total freedom of expression does not compensate for lack of talent.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: History clearly demonstrates that governing is a task that exceeds man's ability. History clearly demonstrates that governing is a task that exceeds man's ability.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Wisdom consists in being moderate not out of horror of excess, but out of love for the limit. Wisdom consists in being moderate not out of horror of excess, but out of love for the limit.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Revolutions are frightening, but election campaigns are disgusting. Revolutions are frightening, but election campaigns are disgusting.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: In unremarkable texts we soon trip on phrases that penetrate into us, as if a sword has thrust up to its hilt inside us. In unremarkable texts we soon trip on phrases that penetrate into us, as if a sword has thrust up to its hilt inside us.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Ideas tyrannize the man who has but few. Ideas tyrannize the man who has but few.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: In order to escape from this prison, one must learn not to come to an arrangement with its indisputable comforts. In order to escape from this prison, one must learn not to come to an arrangement with its indisputable comforts.
Nicolas Gomez Davila quotes: Stupidity is the fuel of revolutions. Stupidity is the fuel of revolutions.