Russell Kirk

Important as they are, Books Won't Answer the World's Problems

"Do not fall into political bibliolatry; in particular, do not regard Kirk's Works as written by one endowed with the prophetic afflatus...  Alas, no small book, or big one either, has been written to tell us honestly and practically what to do about all these modern problems, nor will one such ever be published, not even by a conservative author."

-- Russell Kirk, The Politics of Prudence, p.47

The True Political Division

"The great line of demarcation in modern politics, Eric Voegelin used to point out, is not a division between liberals on one side and totalitarians on the other.  No, on one side of that line are all those men and women who fancy that the temporal order is the only order, and that material needs are their only needs, and that they may do as they like with the human patrimony.  On the other side of that line are all those who recognize an enduring moral order in the universe, a constant human nature, and high duties toward the order spiritual and the order temporal."

-- Russell Kirk, The Politics of Prudence, p.28-29