Halliday Sutherland

"A born writer, especially a born story-teller. Dr. Sutherland, who is distinguished in medicine, is an amateur in the sense that he only writes when he has nothing better to do. But when he does, it could hardly be done better." G.K. Chesterton.

Halliday Sutherland quotations

“Moral catastrophes inevitably lead to physical catastrophes” 

Birth Control: A Statement of Christian Doctrine Against the Neo-Malthusians, page 70.

“Our declining birth-rate is a fact of the utmost gravity, and a more serious position has never confronted the British people. Here in the midst of a great nation, at the end of a victorious war, the law of decline is working, and by that law the greatest empires in the world have perished. In comparison with that single fact all other dangers, be they war, of politics, or of disease, are of little moment. Attempts have already been made to avert the consequences by partial endowment of motherhood and by saving infant life. Physiologists are now seeking the endocrinous glands and the vitamins for a substance to assist procreation. “Where are my children?” was the question shouted yesterday from the cinemas. “Let us have children, children at any price,” will be the cry of tomorrow. And all these thoughts were once in the mind of Augustus, Emperor of the world from the Atlantic to the Euphrates, from Mount Atlas to the Danube and the Rhine. The Catholic Church has never taught that “an avalanche of children” should be brought into the world regardless of consequences. God is not mocked; as men sow, so shall they reap, and against a law of nature both the transient amelioration wrought by philanthropists and the subtle expediences of scientific politicians are alike futile. If our civilisation is to survive we must abandon those ideals that lead to decline. There is only one civilisation immune from decay, and that civilisation endures on the practical eugenics once taught by a united Christendom and now expounded almost solely by the Catholic Church.”

Birth Control: A Statement of Christian Doctrine Against the Neo-Malthusians, 1922, p. 155. Published by Messrs. Harding & More, Ambrosden Press, 119 High Holborn, London, W.C.1

“To that I answer: ‘Yes, they are true; but they are paintings, not photographs.’ In any art a man is entitled to accentuate some lines and attenuate others, provided his aim be a life-like portrait.”

On being asked if his books were true. In My Path.

“Is there anything to hide?”

On seeking permission to visit the Magdalene Laundry at Galway from Bishop Browne, Bishop of Galway. Irish Journey, page 79.

“No honest man may whisper against Franco without shouting from the house-tops against Stalin.”

Spanish Journey page 65

“I will always fear bad air;
I will never fear good air;
I will open the windows
And save my life.”

Creed recited by the children of the Regent’s Park Bandstand School. The Arches of the Years.

“Religion and superstition are not identical, although both are beliefs.  In true religion there is nothing repugnant to reason, and when Rome failed to eradicate pagan superstitions she Christianised them.”

The Arches of the Years

“Simplicity—the only attribute of mind common to genius and to fools.”

The Arches of the Years

“There are some self-styled eugenists who declaim that the prevention of disease is not in itself a good thing.  They say the efficiency of the State is based upon what they call ‘the survival of the fittest.’  This war has smashed their rhetorical phrase.  Who talks now about survival of the fittest, or thinks himself fit because he survives?  I don’t know what they mean.  I do know that in preventing disease you are not preserving the weak, but conserving the strong.”

Consumption: Its Cause and Cure, An Address to the National Council of the Y.M.C.A. 4th September 1917

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