Thursday, 30 June 2011

All Gone with the Wind: A Poignant Quote by Malcolm Muggeridge

This is a powerful and very poignant quote by Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990) - an English journalist, author, media personality, and satirist, who came to the Lord after years of living totally away from God - that has moved me a lot. It speaks of Christ's eternal rule when all else is vapour.

“We look back upon history and what do we see? Empires rising and falling, revolutions and counter-revolutions, wealth accumulating and wealth dispersed, one nation dominant and then another. Shakespeare speaks of ‘the rise and fall of great ones that ebb and flow with the moon.’

“I look back on my own fellow countrymen ruling over a quarter of the world, the great majority of them convinced, in the words of what is still a favorite song, that, ‘God who’s made the mighty would make them mightier yet.’ I’ve heard a crazed, cracked Austrian announce to the world the establishment of a German Reich that would last a thousand years; an Italian clown announce that he would restart the calendar to begin his own ascension to power. I’ve heard a murderous Georgian brigand in the Kremlin acclaimed by the intellectual elite of the world as a wiser than Solomon,more humane than Marcus Aurelius, more enlightened than Ashoka. I’ve seen America wealthier and in terms of weaponry, more powerful than the rest of the world put together, so that had the American people desired, could have outdone an Alexander or a Julius Caesar in the range and scale of their conquests.
“All in one lifetime.All in one lifetime. All gone with the wind. England part of a tiny island off the coast of Europe, threatened with dismemberment and even bankruptcy. Hitler and Mussolini dead, remembered only in infamy. Stalin a forbidden name in the regime he helped found and dominate for some three decades. America haunted by fears of running out of those precious fluids that keep her motorways roaring, and the smog settling, with troubled memories of a disastrous campaign in Vietnam, and the victories of the Don Quixotes of the media as they charged the windmills of Watergate.
“All in one lifetime, all gone. Gone with the wind.”
“Behind the debris of these self-styled, sullen supermen and imperial diplomatists, there stands the gigantic figure of one person, because of whom, by whom, in whom, and through whom alone mankind might still have hope. The person of Jesus Christ.”

-Malcolm Muggeridge

This quote is one of Ravi Zacharias' favourite and he quotes it often in his talks:

This quote is found in Ravi Zacharia's Book: Deliver Us From Evil: Restoring the Soul in a Disintegrating Culture, Dallas, USA: Word Publishing, 1996, pp. 187-8.

God Bless, 


Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah, Sarah, very very thought provoking especially in the light of current events in Wall street and markets of the world - in Afghanistan and Iraq, and even in Christmas Islands on shores nearer to home.
The folly of governments who make decisions without God in their hearts!
Look at our own Prime Minister, who is an avowed atheist, living in adultery - how very, very sad it is for us all and how the mighty have fallen...
love, Shaz.x

Sarah said...

Yes, Shaz, this is so true. It breaks the heart. My heart breaks for the path Australia is taking. I pray God would have mercy on us and lead us in His truth. This quote, though, reminds us to see everything in its right perspective - that they don't last forever - Christ is over all.
God Bless,

rivendell61 said...

I enjoy Ravi Zacharias so much! I'm wondering, though, where Muggeridge's words end and Zacharias's begin. According to this site,, the last paragraph is Ravi's words.

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