There is a deep human need for beauty and if you ignore that need in architecture your buildings will not last

— Roger Scruton

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Modernism in architecture went hand in hand with socialist and fascist projects to rid old Europe of its hierarchical past

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Through the pursuit of beauty we shape the world as a home, and in doing so we both amplify our joys and find consolation for our sorrows.

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It is not enough to be nice; you have to be good. We are attracted by nice people; but only on the assumption that their niceness is a sign of goodness.

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In argument about moral problems, relativism is the first refuge of the scoundrel.

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Art and music shine a light of meaning on ordinary life, and through them we are able to confront the things that trouble us and to find consolation and peace in their presence.

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There are no chords in modernist architecture, only lines - lines that may come to an end, but that achieve no closure

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The two most potent post-war orthodoxies--socialist politics and modernist art--have at least one feature in common: they are bothforms 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.

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Beauty is vanishing from our world because we live as though it does not matter.

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When art becomes merely shock value, our sense of humanity is slowly degraded.

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The conservative response to modernity is to embrace it, but to embrace it critically, in full consciousness that human achievements are rare and precarious, that we have no God-given right to destroy our inheritance, but must always patiently submit to the voice of order, and set an example of orderly living.

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Being unpopular is never easy; but being unpopular in a good cause is a shield against despair.

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The consolation of imaginary things is not imaginary consolation.

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About Roger Scruton

Quotes 84 sayings
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

Sometimes the intention is to shock us.

But what is shocking first time around is boring and vacuous when repeated.

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The abstract, unreal freedom of the liberal intellect was really nothing more than childish disobedience, amplified into anarchy.

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A civilization is a social entity that manifests religious, political , legal, and customary uniformity over an extended period, and which confers on its members the benefits of socially accumulated knowledge.

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Architecture, like dress, is an exercise in good manners, and good manners involve the habit of skillful insincerity - the habit of saying "good morning" to those whose mornings you would rather blight, and of passing the butter to those you would rather starve.

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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.

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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.

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The sexual parts are not only vivid examples of the body's dominion;

they are also apertures whose damp emissions and ammoniac smells testify to the mysterious putrefaction of the body.

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Creativity is not enough... the skill of the true artist is to show the real in the light of the ideal and so transfigure it.

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[Burke] emphasized that the new forms of politics, which hope to organize society around the rational pursuit of liberty, equality, fraternity, or their modernist equivalents, are actually forms of militant irrationality.

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Were we to aim in every case at the kind of supreme beauty exemplified by Sta Maria della Salute, we should end with aesthetic overload. The clamorous masterpieces, jostling for attention side by side, would lose their distinctiveness, and the beauty of each of them would be at war with the beauty of the rest.

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In our democratic culture people often think it is threatening to judge another person's taste. Some are even offended by the suggestion that there is a difference between good and bad taste, or that it matters what you look at or read or listen to.

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The first effect of modernism was to make high culture difficult: to surround beauty with a wall of erudition.

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The ethical life... is maintained in being by a common culture, which also upholds the togetherness of society... Unlike the modern youth culture, a common culture sanctifies the adult state, to which it offers rites of passage.

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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.

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Beauty is assailed from two directions - by the cult of ugliness in the arts, and by the cult of utility in everyday life.

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Styles may change, details may come and go, but the broad demands of aesthetic judgement are permanent.

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When many people individually get what they want, the result may be something they collectively dislike.

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Conservatives resonate to Burke's view of society, as a partnership between the living, the unborn and the dead.

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Faith exalts the human heart, by removing it from the market-place, making it sacred and unexchangeable. Under the jurisdiction of religion our deeper feelings are sacralized, so as to become raw material for the ethical life: the life lived in judgement.

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Something of the child's pure delight in creation survives in every true work of art.

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The core of common culture is religion.

Tribes survive and flourish because they have gods, who fuse many wills into a single will, and demand and reward the sacrifices on which social life depends.

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If you consider only utility, the things you build will soon be useless... nobody wants to be in it.

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Conservatism is itself a modernism, and in this lies the secret of its success.

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Modern art was born from a desire to destroy kitsch.

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Concerning no subject would [George Bernard] Shaw be deterred by the minor accident of total ignorance from penning a definitive opinion.

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The future of mankind, for the socialist, is simple: pull down the existing order and allow the future to emerge.

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In place of the old beliefs of a civilization based on godliness, judgment and historical loyalty, young people are given the new beliefs of a society based on equality and inclusion, and are told that the judgment of other lifestyles is a crime. ... The "non-judgmental" attitude towards other cultures goes hand-in-hand with a fierce denunciation of the culture that might have been one's own

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The culture of a civilization is the art and literature through which it rises to consciousness of itself and defines its vision of the world.

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This "knowing what to do"... is a matter of having the right purpose, the purpose appropriate to the situation in hand... The one who "knows what to do" is the one on whom you can rely to make the best shot at success, whenever success is possible.

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Classical buildings endure because they are loved, admired and accepted, and enjoy an innate adaption to human needs and purposes.

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The pageant of a former hour, Is Beauty in the Grave.

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Nothing is more useful than the useless.

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Kant's position is extremely subtle - so subtle, indeed, that no commentator seems to agree with any other as to what it is.

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All of us need an identity which unites us with our neighbours, our countrymen, those people who are subject to the same rules and the same laws as us, those people with whom we might one day have to fight side by side to protect our inheritance, those people with whom we will suffer when attacked, those people whose destinies are in some way tied up with our own.

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In the attacks on the old ways of doing things on word in particular came into currency. That word was "kitsch." Once introduced, the word stuck. Whatever you do, it musn't be kitsch. This became the first precept of the modernist artist in every medium.

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In all the areas of life where people have sought and found consolation through forbidding their desires-sex in particular, and taste in general-the habit of judgment is now to be stamped out.

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State solutions are imposed from above;

they are often without corrective devices, and cannot easily be reversed on the proof of failure. Their inflexibility goes hand in hand with their planned and goal-directed nature, and when they fail the efforts of the state are directed not to changing them but to changing people’s belief that they have failed.

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