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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.


Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.


Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.


A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.




The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.


If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.

  • god

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.


No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.

  • age

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.


Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.


A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you.


Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.


I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.


Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.


There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."


Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.


If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.


Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.


God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.


The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.


Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.


Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.


The stamp of the Saint is that he can waive his own rights and obey the Lord Jesus.


If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a wandering to find home, why should we not look forward to the arrival?


We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, Blessed are they that morn.


You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

  • books

You can make anything by writing.


Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning...


Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

  • heaven

Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.




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Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.


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Perfect humility dispenses with modesty.


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Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.


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We are what we believe we are.


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True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.


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Joy is the serious business of heaven.


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God, who foresaw your tribulation has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.


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Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.


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Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing the monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.


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Eating and reading are two pleasures than combine admirably.


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To be a christian means to forgive the inexcusable because god has forgiven the inexcusable in you.


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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream...


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The are far better things ahead than any we leave behing


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A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.

  • books

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.

  • age

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.

  • eating

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

  • books

A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.


A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.


I'm tall, fat, rather bald, red-faced, double-chinned, black-haired, have a deep voice, and wear glasses for reading.


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Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.

  • destiny

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."

  • surrender

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.


Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.


History isn't just the story of bad people doing bad things. It's quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong.


Some people write heavily, some write lightly. I prefer the light approach because I believe there is a great deal of false reverence about. There is too much solemnity and intensity in dealing with sacred matters; too much speaking in holy tones.


'Good English' is whatever educated people talk; so that what is good in one place or time would not be so in another.


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A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.

  • books

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.

  • age

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

  • books

I was with book, as a woman is with child.

  • books

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

  • books

When the voice of your friend or the page of your book sinks into democratic equality with the pattern of the wallpaper, the feel of your clothes, your memory of last night, and the noises from the road, you are falling asleep. The highly selective consciousness enjoyed by fully alert men, with all its builded sentiments and consecrated ideals, has as much to be called real as the drowsy chaos, and more.

  • books

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Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.

  • truth

The fundamental laws are in the long run merely statements that every event is itself and not some different event.

  • truth

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.


If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

  • truth

Nothing is yet in its true form.

  • truth

I think that all things, in their way, reflect heavenly truth, the imagination not least.

  • truth

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Heaven offers nothing that the mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. There are rewards that do not sully motives. A man's love for a woman is not mercenary because he wants to marry her, nor his love for poetry mercenary because he wants to read it, nor his love of exercise less disinterested because he wants to run and leap and walk. Love, by definition, seeks to enjoy its object.


I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia.


When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.

  • love

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.


Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

  • love

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.

  • love

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The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.


The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.


We are what we believe we are.


Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

  • god



As for wrinkles--Pshaw! Why shouldn't we have wrinkles? Honorable insignia of long service in this warfare.

  • age

The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.


I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.

  • joy

I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.

  • christianity

Make the choice adventurous stranger, strike the bell and bide the danger or wonder 'till it drives you mad what would have happened if you had.


Let's pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.


Autumn is really the best of the seasons; and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life. But of course, like autumn, it doesn't last.

  • age

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.


I was with book, as a woman is with child.

  • books

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.


A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.


Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

  • christianity

I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.

  • charity

All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.

  • time

It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.

  • god

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.


It is only when you are asked to believe in Reason coming from non-reason that you must cry Halt. Human minds. They do not come from nowhere.

  • miracles

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.


Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege, of individuality.


We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.

  • god

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.

  • god

Onward and Upward! To Narnia and the North!


She's the sort of woman who lives for others - you can tell the others by their hunted expression.


I gave in, and admitted that God was God.

  • faith

There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, Thy will be done, and those to whom God says, in the end, Thy will be done. All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened.


Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.


Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.


Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.


Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

  • big

Be confident small immortals. You are not the only voice that all things utter, nor is there eternal silence in the places where you cannot come.

  • inspirational

I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia.

  • hell

God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.

  • god

The fundamental laws are in the long run merely statements that every event is itself and not some different event.

  • truth

Heaven offers nothing that the mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. There are rewards that do not sully motives. A man's love for a woman is not mercenary because he wants to marry her, nor his love for poetry mercenary because he wants to read it, nor his love of exercise less disinterested because he wants to run and leap and walk. Love, by definition, seeks to enjoy its object.

  • love

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.


The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

  • time

It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.


We are not living in a world where all roads are radii of a circle and where all, if followed long enough, will therefore draw gradually nearer and finally meet at the centre: rather in a world where every road, after a few miles, forks into two, and each of those into two again, and at each fork, you must make a decision.


Don’t judge a man by where he is, because you don’t know how far he has come.


If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.

  • heaven

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.

  • afflictions

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

  • truth

I never exactly made a book. It's rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say.

  • writing

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.


Nothing is more dangerous to one's own faith than the work of an apologist. No doctrine of that faith seems to me so spectral, so unreal as one that I have just successfully defended in a public debate.


When the voice of your friend or the page of your book sinks into democratic equality with the pattern of the wallpaper, the feel of your clothes, your memory of last night, and the noises from the road, you are falling asleep. The highly selective consciousness enjoyed by fully alert men, with all its builded sentiments and consecrated ideals, has as much to be called real as the drowsy chaos, and more.

  • books

I'm tall, fat, rather bald, red-faced, double-chinned, black-haired, have a deep voice, and wear glasses for reading.

  • fat

If we insist on keeping Hell (or even Earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell.

  • heaven

Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn't mean anything else.


Some people write heavily, some write lightly. I prefer the light approach because I believe there is a great deal of false reverence about. There is too much solemnity and intensity in dealing with sacred matters; too much speaking in holy tones.

  • light

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.


Joy is the serious business of Heaven.


If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.

  • grief

What I like about experience is that it is such an honest thing. You may take any number of wrong turnings; but keep your eyes open and you will not be allowed to go very far before the warning signs appear. You may have deceived yourself, but experience is not trying to deceive you. The universe rings true wherever you fairly test it.

  • experience

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.

  • being

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.


[The decay of Logic results from an] untroubled assumption that the particular is real and the universal is not.

  • inspirational

There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.


He'll be coming and going he had said. One day you'll see him and another you won't. He doesn't like being tied down--and of course he has other countries to attend to. It's quite all right. He'll often drop in. Only you mustn't press him. He's wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.


Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.


They tell me, Lord, that when I seemTo be in speech with you.Since but one voice is heard, it


The proper motto is not Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever, but Be good sweet maid, and don't forget that this involves being as clever as you can. God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than any other slackers.


In reading Chesterton, as in reading MacDonald, I did not know what I was letting myself in for. A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere

  • atheism

The human heart is not unchanging (nay, changes almost out of recognition in the twinkling of an eye)...


Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us... While what we call 'our own life' remains agreeable, we will not surrender it to Him. What, then, can God do in our interests but make 'our own life' less agreeable to us, and take away the plausible sources of false happiness?


To the glistening eastern sea, I give you Queen Lucy the Valiant. To the great western woods, King Edmund the Just. To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. And to the clear northern skies, I give you King Peter the Magnificent. Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens.


I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of Admin. The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid dens of crime that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern. [From the Preface]


If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilised morality to savage morality.


To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.

  • love

I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.

  • joy

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.

  • instinct

'The Lion' all began with a picture of a faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself, 'Let's try to make a story about it.'


Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they own their bodies -- those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!


The thing is to rely on God. The time will come when you will regard all this misery as a small price to pay for having been brought to that dependence. Meanwhile, the trouble is that relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing has yet been done.

  • god

Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth? If there are rats in a cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats: it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way the suddenness of the provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man; it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am. The rats are always there in the cellar, but if you go in shouting and noisily they will have taken cover before you switch on the light.


'Good English' is whatever educated people talk; so that what is good in one place or time would not be so in another.

  • time

History isn't just the story of bad people doing bad things. It's quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong.

  • history

Nothing is yet in its true form.

  • truth

He's not safe, but he's good (referring to Aslan, the Lion, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)


A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.

  • bach

We can rest contentedly in our sins and in our stupidities, and anyone who has watched gluttons shoveling down the most exquisite foods as if they did not know what they were eating will admit that we can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

  • pain

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.


[God] will not be used as a convenience. Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of heaven as a shortcut to the nearest chemist's shop.

  • faith

When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.

  • love

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

  • love

What I call my 'self' now is hardly a person at all. It's mainly a meeting place for various natural forces, desires, and fears, etcetera, some of which come from my ancestors, and some from my education, some perhaps from devils. The self you were really intended to be is something that lives not from nature but from God.


Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.


We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.


I think that all things, in their way, reflect heavenly truth, the imagination not least.

  • truth

The value given to the testimony of any feeling must depend on our whole philosophy, not our whole philosophy on a feeling.


It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.


It is hard to have patience with people who say There is no death or Death doesn't matter. There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter.

  • death

When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you'd been the only man in the world.


I like bats much better than bureaucrats. I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of Admin. The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid dens of crime that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern.


Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.


It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

  • christianity

Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand.


Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adults themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence.... When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.


There is no uncreated being except God. God has no opposite.

  • god

Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.


Satan, the leader or dictator of devils, is the opposite, not of God, but of Michael.

  • god

All joy emphasises our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.

  • desires

You ask whether I have ever been in love: fool as I am, I am not such a fool as that. But if one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business. But though I have no personal experience of the things they call love, I have what is better -- the experience of Sappho, of Euripides, of Catallus, of Shakespeare, of Spenser, of Austen, of Bronte, of anyone else I have read.


Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have. So let us leave behind all these boys' philosophies--these over simple answers. The problem is not simple and the answer is not going to be simple either.

  • christianity

Real joy seems to me almost as unlike security or prosperity as it is unlike agony.

  • joy

But perhaps the most mysterious thing he ever said about it was this. I was questioning him on the subject


It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him. We must not use the Bible as a sort of encyclopedia out of which texts can be taken for use as weapons.


Solemnity is proper in church, but things that are proper in church are not necessarily proper outside, and vice versa. For example, I can say a prayer while washing my teeth, but that does not mean I should wash my teeth in church.

  • prayer

A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery.

  • value

Don't say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers Please will you do the job for me.

  • words

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

  • art

And Nothing is very strong: strong enough to steal away a man's best years not in sweet sins but in a dreary flickering of the mind over it knows not what and knows not why, in the gratification of curiosities so feeble that the man is only half aware of them, in drumming of fingers and kicking of heels, in whistling tunes that he does not like, or in the long, dim labyrinth of reveries that have not even lust or ambition to give them a relish, but which, once chance association has started them, the creature is too weak and fuddled to shake off.


Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

  • books

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.

  • atheist

Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ, and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.


Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don't implement promises, but keep them.


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