• The mind is constituted to accept the god of the more powerful. If you have to choose between the god of the slave owner and the god of the enslaved, naturally you will choose the former

    Barry Unsworth
  • The successful cannot be unhappy -- it was a contradiction in terms

    Barry Unsworth
  • Doubt is the ally of hope, not its enemy, and together they made all the blessing he had

    Barry Unsworth
  • The kind of truth that can be asserted by argument had lost all glamour, all lustre, for him, seeming no more now than another aspect of that ancient urge - much older than the desire for truth - to command attention, dominate one's fellows

    Barry Unsworth
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