By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient's reason; and once it is awake, who can foresee the result?
To play well the scenes in which we are 'on' concerns us much more than to guess about the scenes that follow it.
There is one bit of advice given us by the ancient Greeks, and by the Jews in the Old Testament, and by the great Christian teachers of the Middle Ages, which the modern economic system has completely disobeyed. All these people told us not to lend money at interest; and lending money at interest -
People shouldn't call for demons unless they really mean what they say.
No man who values originality will ever be original. But try to tell the truth as you see it, try to do any bit of work as well as it can be done for the work's sake, and what men call originality will come unsought..
We're not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be
Many thousands of people have had the experience of finding the first friend, and it is none the less a wonder; as great a wonder (pace the novelists) as first love, or even greater.
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.'
Slowly, quietly, like snow-flakesâ€”like the small flakes that come when it is going to snow all night â€”little flakes of me, my impressions, my selections, are settling down on the image of her. The real shape wil be quite hidden in the end.
An unliterary man may be defined as one who reads books once only.
We are told that Christ was killed for us, that His death has washed out our sins, and that by dying He disabled death itself. That is the formula. That is Christianity. That is what has to be believed.
A man is never so proud as when striking an attitude of humility.
Readers are advised to remember the devil is a liar.
No man who says, 'I'm as good as you,' believes it. He would not say it if he did.
In our world," said Eustace, "a star is a huge ball of flaming gas." Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is, but only what it is made of.
With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.
The Eternal Being, who knows everything and who created the whole universe, became not only a man but (before that) a baby, and before that a fetus in a woman's body.
It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
Enemy-occupied territory---that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.
As for all I can tell, the only difference is that what many see we call a real thing, and what only one sees we call a dream.
I'm afraid it's not much use to you, Mr. Rumblebuffin.' Not at all. Not at all.' said the giant politely. 'Never met a nicer hankerchee.
In your life you meet people. Some you never think about again. Some, you wonder what happened to them. There are some that you wonder if they ever think about you. And then there are some that you wish you never have to think about again. But you do.
We are forbidden to neglect the assembling of ourselves together. Christianity is already institutional in the earliest of its documents. The Church is the Bride of Christ. We are members of one another.
The dangers of apparent self-sufficiency explain why Our Lord regards the vices of the feckless and dissipated so much more leniently than the vices that lead to worldly success.
Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.
Gone! ...And you and I quite crestfallen.
It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men.
Total war is the most humane in the long run.
Well, whatever they say, you don't feel like ghosts.
I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself.