Polly Toynbee's Quotes
Biography of Polly Toynbee
One in six people suffer depression or a chronic anxiety disorder. These are not the worried well but those in severe mental pain with conditions crippling enough to prevent them living normal lives.Tags: Depression, Enough, Pain
It is now possible to quantify people's levels of happiness pretty accurately by asking them, by observation, and by measuring electrical activity in the brain, in degrees from terrible pain to sublime joy.Tags: Brain, Happiness, Pain
This is indeed a clash of civilisations, not between Islam and Christendom but between reason and superstition.Tags: Between, Islam, Reason
My Lords temporal, today is the day to rise up against the regiment of Lords spiritual and proclaim the values of enlightenment, compassion and common sense.Tags: Compassion, Spiritual, Today
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.Tags: Anyone, Last, Poverty
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.Tags: Death, Die, Time
There is all the difference in the world between teaching children about religion and handing them over to be taught by the religious.Tags: Between, Children, Religion
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.Tags: Government, Happiness, Money
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.Tags: Scared, Stay, Worst
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?Tags: Art, History, Sense
But instead of standing up for reason, our government is handing education over to the world of faith.Tags: Education, Faith, Government
But the single overwhelming reason why jails are bursting is longer sentences given for more crimes.Tags: Reason, Single, Why
Most people come to fear not death itself, but the many terrible ways of dying.Tags: Death, Dying, Fear
Thresholds of pain, indignity and incapacity are entirely personal.Tags: Incapacity, Pain, Personal
Working lives are for the state to influence. Unemployment makes people unhappy. So does instability.Tags: Lives, Makes, Working
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.Tags: Faith, Government, Living
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.Tags: Happiness, Real, Time
In the polls, over 80% support the right to die and have done for the last 25 years. Even 80% of practising Catholics and Protestants support it, plus 76% of Church Times readers.Tags: Die, Done, Last
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.Tags: Happiness, Money, Poor
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.Tags: Happiness, Hard, Politics
My mother begged doctors to end her life. She was beyond the physical ability to swallow enough of the weak morphine pills she had around her. When she knew she was dying I promised to make sure she could go at a time of her choosing, but it was impossible. I couldn't help.Tags: Life, Mother, Time
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.Tags: Family, Good, Job
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