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Robert Fulford

1932 -

Columnist, journalist, editor-in-chief of Saturday Night magazine (1968-1987), critic of art, theatre, and music, author or editor of twenty books and hundreds of articles about Canada's culture and history


Complaining about how newspapers thoughtlessly offend this or that cluster of humans has developed into one of the popular folk arts of this era... Those feeling aggrieved happily enlist in the ever-growing army of victims, people who love to insist that they are "hurt." ... It's dangerous to take such complaints seriously: Constant worry about offending will drain the life from journalism.

Sep. 4, 2001 - from "What's wrong with Welsh on a bet?", published in the National Post
The curious fact is that, in order to qualify as Canadians, we are not required to be loyal, even in theory, to the idea of Canada.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
My generation of Canadians grew up believing that, if we were very good or very smart, or both, we would someday graduate from Canada.

Oct. 1970 - from Saturday Night Magazine
Civilization begins with the consciousness of memory; it begins when we decide we must maintain a spoken, drawn or written account of who we are, what we have done, and why we did it. Conversely, when we abandon this enterprise, or neglect it, or wilfully distort it for the political needs of the moment, we grow less civilized. A society loses its way when it loses secure connections with the past. That possibility is one of the dangers facing us during this historic period.

1993 - from "The Future of Memory: Cultural Institutions in Time of Radical Change", published in Queen's Quarterly, Vol. 100, No. 4
I have seen the future and it doesn't work.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo