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Marghanita Laski

  • One can never be sure of the end, only of the means, and so we must be sure that the means are good.

  • The only good thing we can do, the only goodness we can be sure of, is our own goodness as individuals and the good that we can individually do. As groups we often do evil that good may come and very often the good does not come and all that is left is the evil we have pointlessly done.

  • The Trevor way of life seldom involved taking a decision that had not, in fact, been unconsciously made before the problem apparently arose. Events inevitably succeeded each other, and, in so restricted a life as theirs, the normal margin for accidental influences to bring about changes was extremely small. Thus, no mechanism had ever been developed for the assimilation of the unexpected ...

  • ... why, the only reason for religion is that it can make you, keep you safe. If religion weren't true, then there would be no salvation, no comfort for being alive and alone, there would be nothing but living and dying — no, that cannot be so ... of course religion is true and will save me ...

  • It was no sin ... because the customs were different; sin changes, you know, like fashion.

Marghanita Laski, English journalist, writer, playwright, radio personality

(1915 - 1988)