We’ve collected the best Roger Scruton Quotes. Use them as an inspiration.
My 2018 ended with a hate storm, in response to my appointment as chair of the government‘s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.
I do ask myself why I make people so enraged, because I only ever say what I think. And while I know it might not be everyone‘s point of view, that doesn’t seem particularly intolerable to me.
There is a chapter in ‘Gentle Regrets‘ called ‘Coming Home‘ which is really me expressing my later admiration for my father‘s public spirit.
I think that, on the whole, risk-taking entrepreneurial characters regard nature as a sort of background that we can use for our own advantage.
Environmental degradation has one cause above all others: the propensity of human beings to take the benefit and leave the costs to someone else, preferably someone far away in space or time, whose protests can be safely ignored.
We should make the case for the things we love, even if we think that people will misunderstand them. That is why people defend the U.S. Constitution, even though so few really understand the subtle thinking embodied in that document.
The Scottish desire for independence is, to some extent, a fabrication. They want to identify themselves as Scots but still to be part of a, to enjoy the subsidy they get from being part of the kingdom.
The conservative is the one who understands his own society from within and loves and defends it.
The Marxist theory of ideology is extremely contentious, not least because it is tied to socio-economic hypotheses that are no longer believable.
A reactionary is fixed on the past and wanting to return to it; a conservative wishes to adapt what is best in the past to the changing circumstances of the present.
No, I don’t think I’ve ever really favoured English independence. My view is that if the Scots want to be independent then we should aim for the same thing.
A high culture is the self-consciousness of a society. It contains the works of art, literature, scholarship and philosophy that establish a shared frame of reference among educated people.
Delia Smith is, actually, my bete noire. I consider her a most pernicious influence.
When I say there is no such crime as date rape I am saying what is true. There isn’t a specific legal category of date rape and I wanted to make that point in order to ensure that people don’t use this to obscure the difference between real sexual violence and, you know, things that have gone wrong.
The sanctity of private property is so fundamental a part of the American settlement that the country’s conservatives look with suspicion on any policy that seems to prevent people from doing what they will with what is theirs.
In mathematics and science we solve our problems as well as create them. But in art and philosophy things are not so simple.
Conservatism is about freedom, yes. But it is also about the institutions and attitudes that shape the responsible citizen, and ensure that freedom is a benefit to us all. Conservatism is therefore also about the limits to freedom.
I’ve never been an optimist, but that’s fine because pessimists have the possibility of being agreeably surprised.
Ultimately, political order does not generate itself.
The language of politics is spoken in the first-person plural, and for Conservatives, the duty of the politician is to maintain that first-person plural in being.
Conservatism, for me, is the philosophy and the politics of attachment.
My own view is that left-wing positions largely come about from resentment – I agree with Nietzsche about this – a resentment about the surrounding social order. They have privileges, I don’t. Or, I have them and I can’t live up to them.