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 Polly Toynbee - “Working lives are for the state to influence. Unemployment makes people unhappy. So does instability.”
 Polly Toynbee - “This is indeed a clash of civilisations, not between Islam and Christendom but between reason and superstition.”
 Polly Toynbee - “Inequality makes everyone unhappy, the poor most of all, and that is well within the remit of the state. More money gives less extra happiness the richer we get, yet we are addicted to earning and spending more every year.”
 Polly Toynbee - “Could a government dare to set out with happiness as its goal Now that there are accepted scientific proofs, it would be easy to audit the progress of national happiness annually, just as we monitor money and GDP.”
 Polly Toynbee - “But the single overwhelming reason why jails are bursting is longer sentences given for more crimes.”
 Polly Toynbee - “But instead of standing up for reason, our government is handing education over to the world of faith.”
 Arnold J. Toynbee - “A city that outdistances man's walking powers is a trap for man.”
 Arnold J. Toynbee - “Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether he worships his own power or the power of God.”
 Arnold J. Toynbee - “Of the twenty-two civilizations that have appeared in history, nineteen of them collapsed when they reached the moral state the United States is in now.”
 Arnold Toynbee - “America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair.”
 Arnold Toynbee - “America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.”
 Arnold Toynbee - “The human race's prospects of survival were considerably better when we were defenceless against tigers than they are today when we have become defenceless against ourselves.”
 Polly Toynbee - “Happiness is a real, objective phenomenon, scientifically verifiable. That means people and whole societies can now be measured over time and compared accurately with one another. Causes and cures for unhappiness can be quantified.”
 Arnold J. Toynbee - “The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue.”
 Polly Toynbee - “Is anyone serious about the politics of happiness David Cameron dipped a toe in the water, using the word lightly, but denying the hard policies it implies. Labour shies away from it, but should take up the challenge.”
 Polly Toynbee - “The strongest predictor of unhappiness is anyone who has had a mental illness in the last 10 years. It is an even stronger predictor of unhappiness than poverty - which also ranks highly.”
 Arnold Toynbee - “Do not let yourselves be discouraged or embittered by the smallness of the success you are likely to achieve in trying to make life better. You certainly would not be able, in a single generation, to create an earthly paradise. Who could expect that But, if you make life ever so little better, you will have done splendidly, and your lives will have been worthwhile.”
 Polly Toynbee - “Thresholds of pain, indignity and incapacity are entirely personal.”
 Polly Toynbee - “But how odd that in this heathen nation of empty pews, where churches' bare, ruined choirs are converted into luxury loft living, a Labour government - yes, a Labour government - is deliberately creating a huge expansion of faith schools.”
 Polly Toynbee - “What is all that ministerial toil and effort for, if not a constant attempt to allow the greatest number to live in as much happiness as possible”
 Polly Toynbee - “People want the right to die at a time of their own choosing. Too many families have watched helplessly as a relative dies slowly, longing for death.”
 Polly Toynbee - “Most people come to fear not death itself, but the many terrible ways of dying.”
 Polly Toynbee - “How do you make any sense of history, art or literature without knowing the stories and iconography of your own culture and all the world's main religions”
 Polly Toynbee - “So what really works Treatments in jail do some good, but it's mostly too late finding a family and a job or just growing older make most prisoners eventually give up crime.”
 Polly Toynbee - “Crime is only the worst example, but it is a paradigm for other Labour policy disasters. No one tells the voters that crime is falling let them stay scared senseless.”

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