There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God Himself.
A world of automata â€“ of creatures that worked like machines â€“ would hardly be worth creating.
And so for a time it looked as if all the adventures were coming to and end; but that was not to be.
The human spirit will not even begin to try to surrender self-will as long as all seems to be well with it. Now error and sin both have this property, that the deeper they are the less their victim suspects their existence; they are masked evil. Pain is unmasked, unmistakable evil; every man knows t
An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about the ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or of Practical Reason is idiocy. If a man's mind is open on these things, let his mouth at least be shut. He can say nothing to the purpose. Outside the Tao there is no
By gum,' said Digory, 'Don't I just wish I was big enough to punch your head!
The standard that measures two things is something different from either. You are, in fact, comparing them both with some Real Morality, admitting that there is such a thing as a real Right, independent of what people think, and that some people's ideas get nearer to that real Right than others.
Humour is...the all-consoling and...the all-excusing, grace of life.
When they have really learned to love their neighbours as themselves, they will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbours.
Enemy-occupied territory - that is what this world is.
The Christian "doctrines" are translations into our concepts and ideas of that which God has already expressed in language more adequate, namely the actual incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection
Our experience is coloured through and through by books and plays and the cinema, and it takes patience and skill to disentangle the things we have really learned from life for ourselves.
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.
For pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.
No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.
Language exists to communicate whatever it can communicate. Some things it communicates so badly that we never attempt to communicate them by words if any other medium is available.
I wish I were younger. What inclines me now to think you may be right in regarding [evolution] as the central and radical lie in the whole web of falsehood that now governs our lives is not so much your arguments against it as the fanatical and twisted attitudes of its defenders.
When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him. And, in fact, He shows much more of Himself to some people than to othersâ€”not because He has favourites, but because it is impossible for Him to show Himself
You cannot make men good by law: and without good men you cannot have a good society.
The Scotch catechism says that man's chief end is 'to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.' But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.
The essence of religion, in my view, is the thirst for an end higher than natural ends...
Freedom always comes with a price.
The greatest evil is not done in those sordid dens of evil that Dickens loved to paint ... but is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clear, carpeted, warmed, well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not ne
The distinction between pretending you are better than you are and beginning to be better in reality is finer than moral sleuth hounds conceive.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell.
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.
God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love.
Don't think of God in terms of forms, because forms are limited and God is unlimited.
If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least, nothing whatever can be done before it. If you think you are not conceited, it means that you are very conceited indeed.