Authors - C. S. Lewis

Brief Biography

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 - 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as "Jack", was a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist from Belfast, Ireland. He is known for both his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy and his nonfiction, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles and The Problem of Pain. - Wikipedia

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Quote 36by Anonymous on 07/12/2010

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.
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    Quote 132by Anonymous on 14/12/2010

    Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
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      Quote 404by Anonymous on 01/01/2011

      Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
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        Quote 486by Anonymous on 04/01/2011

        Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary soul can desire.
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          Quote 529by Anonymous on 05/01/2011

          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...
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            Quote 670by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

            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.
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              Quote 681by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

              The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about.
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                Quote 696by Anonymous on 06/01/2011

                Other than heaven, the only place where one's heart is completely safe from the dangers of love is hell.
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                  Quote 764by Anonymous on 07/01/2011

                  Poetry too is a little incarnation, giving body to what had been before invisible and inaudible.
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                    Quote 778by Anonymous on 07/01/2011

                    We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin.
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                      Quote 782by Anonymous on 07/01/2011

                      The gap between those who worship different gods is not so wide as the gap between those who worship and those who don't.
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                        Quote 792by Anonymous on 07/01/2011

                        Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair.
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                          Quote 812by Anonymous on 07/01/2011

                          Love, while always forgiving of imperfections and mistakes, can never cease to will their removal.
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                            Quote 828by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

                            This moment contains all moments.
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                              Quote 846by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

                              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.
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                                Quote 902by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

                                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.
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                                  Quote 973by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

                                  Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
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                                    Quote 1006by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

                                    We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.
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                                      Quote 1013by Anonymous on 09/01/2011

                                      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.
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                                        Quote 1029by Anonymous on 09/01/2011

                                        The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.
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                                          Quote 1072by Anonymous on 09/01/2011

                                          God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
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                                            Quote 1130by Anonymous on 10/01/2011

                                            Surely what a man does when he is caught off his guard is the best evidence as to what sort of man he is.
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                                              Quote 1157by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                                              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.
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                                                Quote 1162by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                                                If the universe is so bad...how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator?
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                                                  Quote 1185by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                                                  Our passions are not too strong, they are too weak. We are far too easily pleased.
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                                                    Quote 1249by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                                                    Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.
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                                                      Quote 1250by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                                                      No doubt those who really founded modern science were usually those whose love of truth exceeded their love of power.
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                                                        Quote 1268by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                                                        Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
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                                                          Quote 1280by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

                                                          Who will take medicine unless he knows he is in the grip of disease?
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                                                            Quote 1281by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

                                                            God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
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                                                              Quote 1307by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

                                                              When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right.
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                                                                Quote 1314by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

                                                                Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.
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                                                                  Quote 1340by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

                                                                  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.
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                                                                    Quote 1393by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

                                                                    Wherever any precept of traditional morality is simply challenged to produce its credentials, as though the burden of proof lay on it, we have taken the wrong position.
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                                                                      Quote 1410by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

                                                                      You find out more about God from the Moral Law than from the univerise in general just as you find out more about a man by listening to his conversation than by looking at a house he has built.
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                                                                        Quote 1437by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

                                                                        A great many of those who 'debunk' traditional...values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process.
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                                                                          Quote 1443by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

                                                                          You cannot go on 'explaining away' for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on 'seeing through' things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it.
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                                                                            Quote 1469by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

                                                                            Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.
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                                                                              Quote 1536by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

                                                                              The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys.
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                                                                                Quote 1566by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

                                                                                Whenever you find a man who says he doesn't believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later.
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                                                                                  Quote 1579by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

                                                                                  Badness is only spoiled goodness.
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                                                                                    Quote 1582by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

                                                                                    There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on Earth.
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                                                                                      Quote 1605by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

                                                                                      Who can endure a doctrine which would allow only dentists to say whether our teeth were aching, only cobblers to say whether our shoes hurt us, and only governments to tell us whether we were being well governed?
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                                                                                        Quote 1629by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

                                                                                        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.
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                                                                                          Quote 1631by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

                                                                                          It is in their 'good' characters that novelists make, unawares, the most shocking self-revelations.
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                                                                                            Quote 1703by Anonymous on 15/01/2011

                                                                                            Certain things, if not seen as lovely or detestable, are not being correctly seen at all.
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                                                                                              Quote 1716by Anonymous on 15/01/2011

                                                                                              We all wish to be judged by our peers, by the men 'after our own heart.' Only they really know our mind and only they judge it by standards we fully acknowledge. Theirs is the praise we really covet and the blame we really dread. The little pockets of early Chrstians survived because they cared exclusively for the love of 'the bretheren' and stopped their ears to the opinion of the Pagan society around them. But a circle of criminals, cranks, or perverts survives in just the same way; by becoming deaf to the opinion of the outer world, by discounting it as the chatter of outsiders who 'don't understand,' of the 'conventional,' the 'bourgeois,' the 'Establishment,' of prigs, prudes, and humbugs.
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                                                                                                Quote 1720by Anonymous on 15/01/2011

                                                                                                No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.
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                                                                                                  Quote 1723by Anonymous on 15/01/2011

                                                                                                  We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it.
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                                                                                                    Quote 1774by Anonymous on 16/01/2011

                                                                                                    In any fairly large and talkative community such as a university there is always the danger that those who think alike should gravitate together where they will henceforth encounter opposition only in the emasculated form of rumour that the outsiders say thus and thus. The absent are easily refuted, complacent dogmatism thrives, and differences of opinion are embittered by the group hostility. Each group hears not the best, but the worst, that the other group can say.
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                                                                                                      Quote 1805by Anonymous on 16/01/2011

                                                                                                      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.
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                                                                                                        Quote 1870by Anonymous on 18/01/2011

                                                                                                        It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.
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                                                                                                          Quote 1880by Anonymous on 18/01/2011

                                                                                                          Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment.
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                                                                                                            Quote 1892by Anonymous on 18/01/2011

                                                                                                            Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn. My God do you learn.
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                                                                                                              Quote 1894by Anonymous on 18/01/2011

                                                                                                              Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one!'
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                                                                                                                Quote 1944by Anonymous on 19/01/2011

                                                                                                                It was when I was happiest that I longed most...The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all the beauty came from.
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                                                                                                                  Quote 1985by Anonymous on 20/01/2011

                                                                                                                  Unless Christianity is wholly false, the perception of ourselves which we have in moments of shame must be the only true one.
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                                                                                                                    Quote 1987by Anonymous on 20/01/2011

                                                                                                                    Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
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                                                                                                                      Quote 2068by Anonymous on 21/01/2011

                                                                                                                      'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan. 'And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor in earth.'
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                                                                                                                        Quote 2101by Anonymous on 22/01/2011

                                                                                                                        Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.
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                                                                                                                          Quote 2150by Anonymous on 23/01/2011

                                                                                                                          A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is... A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.
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                                                                                                                            Quote 2180by Anonymous on 24/01/2011

                                                                                                                            Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
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                                                                                                                              Quote 2196by Anonymous on 24/01/2011

                                                                                                                              God is not proud...He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him.
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                                                                                                                                Quote 2202by Anonymous on 24/01/2011

                                                                                                                                Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it.
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                                                                                                                                  Quote 2210by Anonymous on 24/01/2011

                                                                                                                                  The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature, the ethos of any society is the creation of its rulers, educators and conditioners; and every creator stands above and outside his own creation.
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                                                                                                                                    Quote 2252by Anonymous on 25/01/2011

                                                                                                                                    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may 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.
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                                                                                                                                      Quote 2375by Anonymous on 28/01/2011

                                                                                                                                      Experience proves this, or that, or nothing, according to the preconceptions we bring to it.
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                                                                                                                                        Quote 2404by Anonymous on 28/01/2011

                                                                                                                                        Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.
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                                                                                                                                          Quote 2423by Anonymous on 29/01/2011

                                                                                                                                          If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows...then we must starve eternally.
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                                                                                                                                            Quote 2435by Anonymous on 29/01/2011

                                                                                                                                            Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
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                                                                                                                                              Quote 2495by Anonymous on 31/01/2011

                                                                                                                                              The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
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                                                                                                                                                Quote 2533by Anonymous on 31/01/2011

                                                                                                                                                Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
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                                                                                                                                                  Quote 2572by Anonymous on 01/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                  The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
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                                                                                                                                                    Quote 2622by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                    The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
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                                                                                                                                                      Quote 2724by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                      We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and then bid the geldings to be fruitful.
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                                                                                                                                                        Quote 2749by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                        Many things--such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly--are done worst when we try hardest to do them.
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                                                                                                                                                          Quote 2859by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                          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.
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                                                                                                                                                            Quote 2863by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                            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.
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                                                                                                                                                              Quote 2921by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                              Art can teach without at all ceasing to be art.
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                                                                                                                                                                Quote 2953by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                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?'
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                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 2992by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                  The more often a man feels without acting, the less he'll be able to act. And in the long run, the less he'll be able to feel.
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                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 3072by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                    You would not call a man humane for ceasing to set mousetraps if he did so because he believed there were no mice in the house.
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                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 3076by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                    If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.
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                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 3079by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                      If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don't feel at home there?
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                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 3104by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                        If one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business.
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                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 3201by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                          Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes.
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                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 3280by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                            Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and can't really get rid of it.
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                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 3311by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                              Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves.
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                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 3325by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                If God is satisfied with the work, the work may be satisfied with itself.
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                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 3414by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                  Reasoning is never, like poetry, judged from the outside at all.
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 3472by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                    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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 3524by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                      There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 3545by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                        When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 3557by Anonymous on 07/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                          It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous.
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 3594by Anonymous on 07/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                            If we did not bring to the examinations of our instincts a knowledge of their comparative dignity we could never learn it from them.
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                                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 3771by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                              Unless the religious claims of the Bible are again acknowledged, its literary claims will, I think, be given only 'mouth honour' and that decreasingly.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 3778by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                There will be two kinds of people in the end: Those that will say to God 'Thy will be done' and those to whom God will say 'Thy will be done.'
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 3781by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                  A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere--'Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,' as Herbert says, 'fine nets and stratagems.' God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 3813by Anonymous on 10/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dualism is a truncated metaphysic.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 3852by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 3890by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 3913by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Man's conquest of Nature turns out, in the moment of its consummation, to be Nature's conquest of Man.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 3934by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Everything except God has some natural superior; everything except unformed matter has some natural inferior.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 3949by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 3955by Anonymous on 11/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 3979by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Without the aid of trained emotions the intellect is powerless against the animal organism.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 4077by Anonymous on 14/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 4098by Anonymous on 14/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 4139by Anonymous on 15/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 4177by Anonymous on 16/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 4189by Anonymous on 16/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 4235by Anonymous on 18/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 4278by Anonymous on 18/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The surest way of spoiling a pleasure is to start examining your satisfaction.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 4287by Anonymous on 18/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 4294by Anonymous on 18/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 4326by Anonymous on 19/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You play the hand you're dealt. I think the game's worthwhile.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 4350by Anonymous on 20/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 4357by Anonymous on 20/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 4472by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perfect humility dispenses with modesty.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 4532by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 4559by Anonymous on 23/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 4560by Anonymous on 23/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 4573by Anonymous on 23/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 4616by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Those who would most scornfully repudiate Christianity as a mere 'opiate of the people' have a contempt for the rich, that is, for all mankind except the poor.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 4652by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 4667by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The absent are easily refuted.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 4675by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Morality, like numinous awe, is a jump; in it, man goes beyond anything that can be 'given' in the facts of experience.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 4679by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 4703by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 4731by Anonymous on 26/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Regarding the debate about faith and works: It's like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most important.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 4742by Anonymous on 27/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 4744by Anonymous on 27/02/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God's eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when He catches us, as it were, off our guard.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 4802by Anonymous on 01/03/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If these holy places, things, and days cease to remind us, if they obliterate our awareness that all ground is holy and every bush (could we but perceive it) a Burning Bush, then the hallows begin to do harm. Hence both the necessity, and the perennial danger, of 'religion.'
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 4849by Anonymous on 01/03/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There are no variations except for those who know a norm, and no subtleties for those who have not grasped the obvious.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 5092by Anonymous on 14/05/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 7157by Anonymous on 26/10/2011

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as 'what a man does with his solitude.'
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 10675by Anonymous on 18/10/2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 11351by Anonymous on 15/12/2012

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 13663by Anonymous on 16/08/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.
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