God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that he may love and perfect them.
Come, live with me and you'll know me.
My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself.
It doesn't really matter whether you grip the arms of the dentist's chair or let your hands lie in your lap. The drill drills on.
The Christian and the Materialist hold different beliefs about the universe. They can't both be right. The one who is wrong will act in a way which simply doesn't fit the real universe. Consequently, with the best will in the world, he will be helping his fellow creatures to their destruction.
Once when I had remarked on the affection quite often found between cat and dog, my friend replied, "Yes. But I bet no dog would ever confess it to the other dogs.
A perfect man would never act from a sense of duty; heâ€™d always want the right thing more than the wrong one. Duty is only a substitute for love (of God and of other people) like a crutch which is a substitute for a leg. Most of us need the crutch at times; but of course it is idiotic to use the c
The death of a beloved is an amputation.
But suppose you struggle through to the good and find that it also is dreadful? How if food itself turns out to be the very thing you can't eat, and home the very place you can't live, and your very comforter the person who makes you uncomfortable? Then, indeed, there is no rescue possible: the last
Knock and it shall be opened.' But does knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac?
You find out more about God from the Moral Law than from the univerise in general just as you find out more about a man by listening to his conversation than by looking at a house he has built.
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.
Surely what a man does when he is taken off guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is. If there are rats in a cellar, you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats; it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way the suddenness
Lucy said, 'We're so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often.' 'No fear of that,' said Aslan. 'Have you not guessed?' Their hearts leapt, and a wild hope rose within them. 'There was a real railway accident,' said Aslan softly. 'Your father and mother
A man with an obsession is a man who has very little sales resistance.
The desire for bad art is the desire bred of habit: like the smoker's desire for tobacco, more marked by the extreme malaise of denial than by any very strong delight in fruition.
At the end of all things, the blessed will say, 'We never lived anywhere but in heaven.'
Death opens a door out of a little, dark room (that's all the life we have known before it) into a great, real place where the true sun shines and we shall meet.
Onward and Upward! To Narnia and the North!
The proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gifts...Thus a heavy task is laid upon Gift-love. It must work toward its own abdication. We must aim at making ourselves superfluous. The hour when we can say 'They need me no longer' should be our reward. But
Education is only the most fully conscious of the channels whereby each generation influences the next.
If you live for the next world, you get this one in the deal; but if you live only for this world, you lose them both.
To get even near humility, even for a moment, is like a drink of cold water to a man in a desert.
The world was made partly that there may be prayer; partly that our prayers might be answered.
Every Christian would agree that a man's spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God.
The assumption that things which have been conjured in the past will always be conjured in the guiding principle not of rational but of animal behavior.
A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.
One of the most cowardly things ordinary people do is to shut their eyes to facts.
Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment.
Good and evil both increase at compound interest.