But now I discovered the wonderful power of wine. I understood why men become drunkards. For the way it worked on me was not at all that it blotted out these sorrows, but that it made them seem glorious and noble, like sad music, and I somehow great and revered for feeling them.
I hope I do not offend God by making my Communions in the frame of mind I have been describing. The command, after all, was Take, eat: not Take, understand.
A great many of those who 'debunk' traditional...values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process
And how could we endure to live and let time pass if we were always crying for one day or one year to come back--if we did not know that every day in a life fills the whole life with expectation and memory and that these are that day?
It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.
Courtship is the time for sowing those seeds which will grow up ten years into domestic hatred.
Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An
Whatever you do, He will make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you had obeyed him.
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.
Fools!" said the man, stamping his foot with rage. "That is the sort of talk that brought me here, and I'd better have been drowned or never born. Do you hear what I say? This is where dreams â€” dreams, do you understand â€” come to life, come real. Not daydreams: dreams.
Though we cannot experience our life as an endless present, we are eternal in God's eyes; that is, in our deepest reality.
There is no use saying you chose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up.
Q. What is your view of the daily discipline of the Christian life - the need for taking time to be alone with God? Lewis: "We have our New Testament regimental orders upon the subject. I would take it for granted that everyone who becomes a Christian would undertake this practice. It is enjoined up
We must meet children as equals in that area of our nature where we are their equals...The child as reader is neither to be patronized nor idolized: we talk to him as man to man.
Never exaggerate. Never say more than you really mean.
When you give up a bit of work don't (unless it is hopelessly bad) throw it away. Put it in a drawer. It may come in useful later. Much of my best work, or what I think my best, is the re-writing of things begun and abandoned years earlier.
Love is more than an emotion, it is a decision.
All your life an unattainable ecstasy has hovered just beyond the grasp of your consciousness.
The change which the writing wrought in me (and of which I did not write) was only a beginning; only to prepare me for the gods' surgery. They used my own pen to probe my wound.
No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that 'In the beginning God made Heaven and Earth'.
Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.
There is no use in talking as if forgiveness were easy. For we find that the work of forgiveness has to be done over and over again.
Where I come from, they don't think much of men who are bossed about by their wives.
You weren't a decent man and you didn't do your best. We none of us were and none of us did.
They did nothing wrong their time here has ended
There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.
If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.
Even the best Christian that ever lived is not acting on his own steam--he is only nourishing or protecting a life he could never have acquired by his own efforts.
Tribulations cannot cease until God either sees us remade or sees that our remaking is now hopeless.
As St. Paul points out, Christ never meant that we were to remain children in intelligence: on the contrary, He told us to be not only "as harmless as doves," but also "as wise as serpents." He wants a child's heart, but a grown-up's head.