As long as he doesn't convert it into action, it does not matter how much a man thinks about his repentance.— C. S. Lewis
Perspective Screwtape Letters quotations
The worldly person is insane from the point of view of the spiritual person.
Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against Christianity. They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can’t touch and see.
When He [God] talks of their losing their selves, He means only abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.
It is always the novice who exaggerates.
Suspicion often creates what it suspects.
The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.
If people knew how much ill-feeling unselfishness occasions, it would not be so often recommended from the pulpit.
By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient's reason;
and once it is awake, who can foresee the result?
Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.
He cannot "tempt" to virtue as we do to vice.
He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.
Surely you know that if a man can't be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighbourhood looking for the church that "suits" him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur of churches.
The humans live in time but our Enemy (God) destines them for eternity.
The man can neither man, nor retain, one moment of time;
it all comes to him by pure gift; he might as well regard the sun and moon as his chattels.
All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be. This is elementary
All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.
Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.
Your patient has become humble; have you drawn his attention to the fact? All virtues are less formidable to us once the man is aware that he has them, but this is specially true of humility.
For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.
When they have really learned to love their neighbours as themselves, they will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbours.
Prosperity knits a man to the world.
There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on Earth.
Thus we have now for many centuries triumphed over nature to the extent of making certain secondary characteristics of the male (such as the beard) disagreeable to nearly all the females—and there is more in that than you might suppose.
He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand.
A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all—and more amusing.
The Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity.
It is the most temporal part of time--for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.
The man who truly and disinterestedly enjoys any one thing in the world, for its own sake, and without caring two-pence what other people say about it, is by that very fact forewarmed against some of our subtlest modes of attack.
The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.
A spoiled saint, a Pharisee, an inquisitor, or a magician, makes better sport to Hell than a mere common tyrant or debauchee.
A sensible human once said, "If people knew how much ill-feeling unselfishness occasions, it would not be so often recommended from the pulpit"; and again, "She's the sort of woman who lives for others you can always tell the others by their hunted expression.
Whatever men expect, they soon come to think they have a right to;
the sense of disappointment can, with very little skill on our part, be turned into a sense of injury. (senior devil speaking)
Courtship is the time for sowing those seeds which will grow up ten years into domestic hatred.
Pilate was merciful till it became risky.
There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human's mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.
I now see that I spent most of my life in doing neither what I ought nor what I liked.