Perhaps man will rise ever higher as soon as he ceases to flow out into a god.
The man who does not wish to belong to the mass needs only to cease taking himself easily; let him follow his conscience, which calls to him: "Be your self! All you are now doing, thinking, desiring, is not you yourself.
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.--What was that god thinking who counseled, "Know thyself!" Did he perhaps mean,"Cease to concern yourself! Become objective!"--And Socrates?--And "scientific men"?
Good deeds shun the light as anxiously as evil deeds: the latter fear that disclosure will bring on pain (as punishment), while the former fear that disclosure will take away pleasure (that pure pleasure, that pleasure per se, which immediately ceases once the vanity's satisfaction is added).
The man who does not wish to be one of the mass only needs to cease to be easy on himself.
Artists may here have a more subtle scent: they know only too well that it is precisely when they cease to act 'voluntarily' and do everything of necessity that their feeling of freedom, subtlety, fullness of power, creative placing, disposing, shaping reaches its height - in short, that necessity a
Man's task is simple. He should cease letting his existence be a thoughtless accident.
At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.
The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.
The same passions in man and woman nonetheless differ in tempo; hence man and woman do not cease misunderstanding one another.
My conception of freedom. â€” The value of a thing sometimes does not lie in that which one attains by it, but in what one pays for it â€” what it costs us. Liberal institutions cease to be liberal as soon as they are attained: later on, there are no worse and no more thorough injurers of freedom th
Liberal institutions straightway cease being liberal the moment they are soundly established: Once this is attained, no more grievous and more thorough enemies of freedom exist than liberal institutions.
The hypocrite who always plays one and the same part ceases at last to be a hypocrite.
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
Even great spirits have only their five-fingers' breadth of experience - just beyond it their thinking ceases and their endless empty space and stupidity begins.
O sancta simplicitas! What strange simplification and falsification mankind lives on! One can never cease to marvel once one has acquired eyes for this marvel! How we have made everything around us bright and free and easy and simple! How we have known how to bestow on our senses a passport to every
Oh Trees, Trees, Trees...wake. Don't you remember it? Don't you remember me? Dryads and hamadryads, come out, come [out] to me.
It is usual to speak in a playfully apologetic tone about one's adult enjoyment of what are called 'children's books.' I think the convention a silly one. No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty-except, of course,
If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world
We 'have all we want' is a terrible saying when 'all' does not include God. We find God an interruption. As St. Augustine says somewhere, 'God wants to give us something, but cannot, because our hands are full - there's nowhere for Him to put it.'
Unless the religious claims of the Bible are again acknowledged, its literary claims will, I think, be given only 'mouth honour' and that decreasingly.
Nothing is wonderful except in the abnormal, and nothing is abnormal until we have grasped the norm.
I fancy that most people who think at all have done a great deal of their thinking in the first fourteen years.
The whole journey was odd and dream-like -- the roaring stream, the wet grey grass, the glimmering cliffs which they were approaching, and always the glorious, silently pacing beast ahead.
In God there is no hunger that needs to be filled, only plenteousness that desires to give.
With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere. C. S. Lewi
Last year, when he had been staying with the Pevensies, he had managed to hear them all talking of Narnia and he loved teasing them about it. He thought of course that they were making it all up; and as he was far too stupid to make anything up himself, he did not approve of that.
Only He who really lived a human life (and I presume that only one did) can fully taste the horror of death.
As the king governs by his executive, so Reason in man must rule the mere appetites by means of the 'spirited element.'
In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road.
The real test of being in the presence of God is, that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object.
Don't think of God in terms of forms, because forms are limited and God is unlimited.
Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did.
You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another.
Look for the valleys, the green places, and fly through them. There will always be a way through.
It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.