quote by C. S. Lewis

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

— C. S. Lewis

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And fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns.

No, Sir, claret is the liquor for boys;

port for men: but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy. In the first place brandy will do soonest for a man what drinking can do for him.

I made a mental note to watch which bottle became empty soonest, sometimes a more telling evaluation system than any other.

Fearless minds climb soonest into crowns.


And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.

The faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.

The greatest flood has the soonest ebb;

the sorest tempest the most sudden calm; the hottest love the coldest end; and from the deepest desire oftentimes ensues the deadliest hate.

Faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.

The most violent friendships soonest wear themselves out.


Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.

That danger which is despised arrives the soonest.

Devils soonest tempt, resembling spirits of light.

From rest and sleep, which but thy pictures be, Much pleasure, then from thee much more, must flow, And soonest our best men with thee do go, Rest of their bones, and soul's delivery.

Shun delays, they breed remorse;Take thy time while time is lent thee;Creeping snails have weakest force,Fly their fault lest thou repent thee.Good is best when soonest wrought,Linger'd labours come to nought.


According to other writers, it is the women who last longest in sieges, the young men who soonest fall into that deadly lethargy that precedes actual death. But the account is accurate enough: that is what a siege is like. Moreover, that is what it is meant to be like. When a city is encircled and deprived of food, it is not the expectation of the attackers that the garrison will hold out until individual soldiers... drop dead in the streets. The death of ordinary inhabitants of the city is expected to force the hand of the civilian or military leadership. The goal is surrender; the means is not the defeat of the enemy army, but the fearful spectacle of the civilian dead.

Loveliest of lovely things are they on earth that soonest pass away.

The rose that lives its little hour is prized beyond the sculptured flower.

The sweetest pleasures soonest cloy, And its best flavour temperance gives to joy.

A rake is a composition of all the lowest, most ignoble, degrading, and shameful vices; they all conspire to disgrace his character, and to ruin his fortune; while wine and the pox content which shall soonest and most effectually destroy his constitution.

The stubbornest of wills Are soonest bended, as the hardest iron, O'er-heated in the fire to brittleness,Flies soonest into fragments, shivered through.


Trees and children are, of all living things, those whose growth soonest makes one feel one's age.

The best ground untilled, soonest runs out into rank weeds.

A man of knowledge that is negligent or uncorrected, cannot but grow wild and godless.

Men are but men, and the greatest men are they who soonest learn the simpler things.

On woman Nature did bestow two eyes, Like Hemian's bright lamps, in matchless beauty shining, Whose beams do soonest captivate the wise And wary heads, made rare by art's refining.

The best fire doesna flare up the soonest.


The man who leaves a woman best pleased with herself is the one whom she will soonest wish to see.

Not so in haste, my heart! Have faith in God and wait;

Although he linger long, He never comes too late. He never comes too late, He knoweth what is best: Vex not thyself in vain; Until he cometh, rest. Until he cometh, rest. Nor grudge the hours that roll: The feet that wait for God Are soonest at the goal. Are soonest at the goal. That is not gained by speed; Then hold thee still, my heart, For I shall wait his lead.

Little said is soonest mended.

On the human imagination, events produce the effects of time.

Thus, he who has travelled far and seen much, is apt to fancy that he has lived long; and the history that most abounds in important incidents, soonest assumes the aspect of antiquity.

For with eyes made clear by many tears, and a heart softened by the tenderest sorrow, she recognized the beauty of her sister's life—uneventful, unambitious, yet full of the genuine virtues which 'smell sweet, and blossom in the dust', the self-forgetfulness that makes the humblest on earth remembered soonest in heaven, the true success which is possible to all.


When lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner

My life is not this steeply sloping hour, in which you see me hurrying.

Much stands behind me; I stand before it like a tree; I am only one of my many mouths, and at that, the one that will be still the soonest. I am the rest between two notes, which are somehow always in discord because Death’s note wants to climb over— but in the dark interval, reconciled, they stay there trembling. And the song goes on, beautiful.

Least said, soonest mended

No truer word, save God's, was ever spoken, Than that the largest heart is soonest broken.

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