Quotes

“In a word, what the soul is in a body, this the Christians are in the world.” – Epistle to Diognetus (Chapter 6)

“Since its birth, Christianity has assumed, elaborated and deepened the best of Greek and Roman wisdom, presenting itself precisely as the victory of human thought over the world of religious mythology and fanaticism. In a certain sense, therefore, rationality in Christianity has become religion: God has not rejected philosophical knowledge but has assimilated it. St Justin, for example, after studying all the systems of thought, recognized Christianity as the true philosophy. He was convinced that in becoming Christian, he had not denied philosophy but indeed only then had fully become a philosopher. The strength that transformed Christianity into a world religion lies precisely in its synthesis between reason, faith and life.” – Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (On Religious Freedom)

“Freedom, therefore, needs foundations that will enable it to develop but without endangering human dignity and social cohesion. Such foundations can only be transcendent, because the transcendent alone is ‘high’ enough to allow freedom to expand to the maximum, and at the same time so ‘firm’ that it can guide and qualify it in any circumstance. On the other hand, these very values, presumed to be most important, fail whenever transcendence is denied or relativized — that is, when God is deemed to be of secondary importance and can thus be temporarily or permanently set aside in the name of values erroneously considered more important. This is demonstrated by the tragic result of the political ideologies of the last century, which, in denying God, violated the truth about man and ‘chained up’ his freedom.” – Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (On Religious Freedom)

“It was a quite general desire that both our laws and our governments should exist without recognizing God or Jesus Christ, on the theory that all authority comes from men, not from God. Because of such an assumption, these theorists fell very short of being able to bestow upon law not only those sanctions which it must possess but also that secure basis for the supreme criterion of justice which even a pagan philosopher like Cicero saw clearly could not be derived except from the divine law. Authority itself lost its hold upon mankind, for it had lost that sound and unquestionable justification for its right to command on the one hand and to be obeyed on the other. Society, quite logically and inevitably, was shaken to its very depths and even threatened with destruction, since there was left to it no longer a stable foundation, everything having been reduced to a series of conflicts, to the domination of the majority, or to the supremacy of special interests.” – Pope Pius XI (Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, #28)

“Amongst the various sects of Christians, Catholicism seems to me, on the contrary, to be one of those which are most favorable to the equality of conditions. … If Catholicism predisposes the faithful to obedience, it certainly does not prepare them for inequality; but the contrary may be said of Protestantism, which generally tends to make men independent, more than to render them equal.” – Alexis de Tocqueville (Democracy in America, Volume 1, Chapter 17, Part 2)

“Again, we can see that the various aspects of the contemporary social and political chaos are interrelated and there is no real way to effectively oppose them other than by returning to the origins. To go back to the origins means, plainly and simply, to reject everything that in any domain (whether social, political, or economic) is connected to the ‘immortal principles’ of 1789, as a libertarian, individualistic, and egalitarian thought, and to oppose it with the hierarchical view, in the context of which alone the notion, value, and freedom of man as person are not reduced to mere words or excuses for a work of destruction and subversion.” – Julius Evola (Men Among the Ruins, p. 147) [alt link]

“Nothing is more evident than that modern capitalism is just as subversive as Marxism. The materialistic view of life on which both systems are based is identical; both of their ideals are qualitatively identical, including the premises connected to a world the center of which is constituted of technology, science, production, ‘productivity,’ and ‘consumption.’ And as long as we only talk about economic classes, profit, salaries, and production, and as long as we believe that real human progress is determined by a particular system of distribution of wealth and goods, and that, generally speaking, human progress is measured by the degree of wealth or indigence — then we are not even close to what is essential, even though new theories, beyond Marxism and capitalism, might be formulated.” – Julius Evola (Men Among the Ruins, p. 166)

“Ask yourself about ‘Liberty,’ for example; what you do really mean by it, what in any just and rational soul is that Divine quality of liberty? That a good man be ‘free,’ as we call it, be permitted to unfold himself in works of goodness and nobleness, is surely a blessing to him, immense and indispensable; to him and to those about him. But that a bad man be ‘free,’ permitted to unfold himself in [hi]s particular way, is contrariwise the fatallest curse you could inflict on him; curse and nothing, else, to him and all his neighbours. Him the very Heavens call upon you to persuade, to urge, induce, compel, into something of well-doing; if you absolutely cannot, if [h]e will continue in ill-doing, then for him (I can assure you, though you will be shocked to hear it), the one ‘blessing’ left is the speediest gallows you can lead him to. Speediest, that at least his ill-doing may cease quam primum.” – Thomas Carlyle (Shooting Niagara: And After?, p. 8-9)

“How decipher, with best fidelity, the eternal regulation of the Universe; and read, from amid such confused embroilments of human clamor and folly, what the real Divine Message to us is? A divine message, or eternal regulation of the Universe, there verily is, in regard to every conceivable procedure and affair of man: faithfully following this, said procedure or affair will prosper, and have the whole Universe to second it, and carry it, across the fluctuating contradictions, towards a victorious goal; not following this, mistaking this, disregarding this, destruction and wreck are certain for every affair. How find it? All the world answers me, ‘Count heads; ask Universal Suffrage, by the ballot-boxes, and that will tell.’ Universal Suffrage, ballot-boxes, count of heads? Well, — I perceive we have got into strange spiritual latitudes indeed. Within the last half-century or so, either the Universe or else the heads of men must have altered very much.” – Thomas Carlyle (Latter-Day Pamphlet #1)

“As an honest reactionary I naturally reject Nazism, communism, fascism and all related ideologies which are, in sober fact, the reductio ad absurdum of so-called democracy and mob domination. I reject the absurd assumptions of majority rule, parliamentary hocus-pocus; the bogus materialistic liberalism of the Manchester School and the bogus conservatism of the big bankers and industrialists. I abhor the centralism and uniformity of the herd life, the stupid mob spirit of racialism, the private capitalism as well as the state capitalism (socialism) which have contributed to the gradual ruin of our civilization in the last two centuries. The real reactionary of this day is a rebel against the prevailing assumptions and a ‘radical’ in that he goes down to the roots.” – Erik Maria Ritter von Kuehnelt-Leddihn (a.k.a. Francis Stuart Campbell; Credo of a Reactionary, The American Mercury, July 1943, p. 86-88)

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