|Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word,
'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
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.
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and
durable happiness there is in our lives.
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and
you get neither.
An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable?
Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite
importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every
virtue at the testing point.
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.
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to
make man a more clever devil.
Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
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
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God
do you learn.
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no
survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself,
because it is not there. There is no such thing.
Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with
regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old
age is replete.
Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits
they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.
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.
The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of
60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or
middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for
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
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but
to irrigate deserts.
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
You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
I gave in, and admitted that God was God.
I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.
Let's pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to
spread its iniquity elsewhere.
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.
Long before history began we men have got together apart from
the women and done things. We had time.
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.
Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its
victims may be the most oppressive.
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.
Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ
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.
There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an
entire marriage reconciles them.
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.
This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing
through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.
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
We are what we believe we are.
What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.
What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power
exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its
With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new
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