Roger Scruton Quotes

The relation of the soul to the body is like that of a house to its bricks. The soul is a principle of organisation, which governs the flesh and endows it with meaning. It is no more separable from the flesh than is the house from its bricks, even if the soul may survive the gradual replacement of every bodily part.
Roger Scruton (b. 1944), British philosopher, author. "De Anima," Untimely Tracts, St. Martin's (1987).
States are more like people than they are like anything else: they exist by purpose, reason, suffering, and joy. And peace between states is also like peace between people. It involves the willing renunciation of purpose, in the mutual desire not to do, but to be.
Roger Scruton (b. 1944), British philosopher. "Impossible Partners," Untimely Tracts, St. Martin's (1987).
The two most potent post-war orthodoxies—socialist politics and modernist art—have at least one feature in common: they are both forms of snobbery, the anti-bourgeois snobbery of people convinced of their right to dictate to the common man in the name of the common man.
Roger Scruton (b. 1944), British philosopher, author. "In Praise of Bourgeois Art," Untimely Tracts, St. Martin's (1987).
Fantasy consists in a morbid fascination with unrealities, which secretly transforms itself into a desire to make them real. Imagination is a form of intellectual control, which presents us with the image of unrealities in order that we should understand and feel distanced from them. In imagination we dominate; in fantasy, we are dominated.
Roger Scruton (b. 1944), British philosopher. "Left, Right and Wrong," Untimely Tracts, St. Martin's (1987).