What the soul cries out for is the resurrection of the senses. Even in this life, matter would be nothing to us if it were not the source of sensations.
I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.
Read and Re-Read--"Re-reading, we always find a new book.
Christian principles are, admittedly, stricter than the others; but then we think you will get help towards obeying them which you will not get towards obeying the others.
All the time the joke is that the word "mine" in its fully possessive sense cannot be uttered by a human being about anything. In the long run either [Satan] or God will say "mine" of each thing that exists, and specially of each man.
A man may have to die for our country: but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself.
Every story of conversion is the story of a blessed defeat.
And He [God] and you are two things of such a kind that if you really get into any kind of touch with Him you will, in fact, be humble--delightedly humble, feeling the infinite relief of having for once got rid of all the silly nonsense about your own dignity which has made you restless and unhappy
Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemyâ€™s (Godâ€™s) groundâ€¦He [God] made the pleasure: all our research so far has not enabled us to produce one. All we can do is to encourage the humans to take the p
This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.
A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on.
What does seem to me poisonous, what breeds a type of patriotism that is pernicious if it lasts but not likely to last long in an educated adult, is the perfectly serious indoctrination of the young in knowably false or biased history - the heroic legend drably disguised as text-book fact. With this
There is someone I accept even though I do not approve of all he does...and that someone is me
Though no one would want to be sold as a slave, it is perhaps even more galling to be a sort of utility slave whom no one will buy.
I was with book, as a woman is with child.
The Enemy wants to bring the man to a state of mind in which he could design the best cathedral in the world, and know it to be the best, and rejoice in the fact, without being any more (or less) or otherwise glad at having done it than he would be if it had been done by another. The Enemy wants him
Goodness is, so to speak, itself; badness is only spoiled goodness. And there must be something good first before it can be spoiled.
That fierce imprisonment in the self is but the obverse of the self-giving which is absolute reality.
You canâ€™t go on â€œseeing throughâ€ things forever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. To â€œsee throughâ€ all things is the same as not to see.
Let me make it quite clear that when Christians say the Christ-life is in them, they do not mean simply something mental or moral. When they speak of being "in Christ" or of Christ being "in them", this is not simply a way of saying that they are thinking about Christ or copying Him. They mean that
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. 1
The only thing Christianity can not be...is moderately important.
This is our dilemma--either to taste and not to know or to know and not to taste--or, more strictly, to lack one kind of knowledge because we are in an experience or to lack another kind because we are outside it. [. . .] Of this tragic dilemma myth is the partial solution. In the enjoyment of a gre
You can make anything by writing.
Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly. For all that can be shaken will be shaken and only the unshakeable remains.
Clearly one must read every good book at least once every ten years.
The first fact in the history of Christendom is a number of people who say they have seen the Resurrection.
To be religious is to have one's attention fixed on God and on one's neighbour in relation to God.
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 road to the promised land runs past Sinai.