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"The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys..."

--Mere Christianity

"The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation."

--The Weight of Glory

"You and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness."

--The Weight of Glory

"Perfect humility dispenses with modesty."

--The Weight of Glory

"If God is satisfied with the work, the work may be satisfied with itself."

--The Weight of Glory

"When humans should have become as perfect in voluntary obedience as the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they will put on its glory, or rather that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch."

--The Weight of Glory

"As long as this deliberate refusal to understand things from above, even where such understanding is possible, continues, it is idle to talk of any final victory over materialism."

--The Weight of Glory

"No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as 'what a man does with his solitude.'"

--The Weight of Glory

"We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship."

--The Weight of Glory

"To make Christianity a private affair while banishing all privacy is to relegate it to the rainbow's end or the Greek Calends."

--The Weight of Glory

"100 per cent of us die, and the percentage cannot be increased."

--The Weight of Glory

"When you invite a middle-aged moralist to address you, I suppose I must conclude...that you have a taste for middle-aged moralizing."

--The Weight of Glory

"Whenever you find a man who says he doesn't believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later."

--The Case for Christianity

"This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practise ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people."

--The Case for Christianity

"Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and can't really get rid of it."

--The Case for Christianity

"Safety and happiness can only come from individuals, classes, and nations being honest and fair and kind to each other."

--The Case for Christianity

"Reality, in fact, is always something you couldn't have guessed. That's one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It's a religion you couldn't have guessed."

--The Case for Christianity

"Badness is only spoiled goodness."

--The Case for Christianity

"God has landed on this enemy-occupied world in human form...The perfect surrender and humiliation was undergone by Christ: perfect because He was God, surrender and humiliation because He was man."

--The Case for Christianity

"Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it."

--The Case for Christianity

"It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men."

--Reflections on the Psalms

"I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation."

--Reflections on the Psalms

"The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about."

--Reflections on the Psalms

"Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes."

--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"The modern idea of a Great Man is one who stands at the lonely extremity of some single line of development--"

--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"Disobedience to conscience is voluntary; bad poetry, on the other hand, is usually not made on purpose."

--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"Reasoning is never, like poetry, judged from the outside at all."

--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"Only the skilled can judge the skillfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result."

--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"Who can endure a doctrine which would allow only dentists to say whether our teeth were aching, only cobblers to say whether our shoes hurt us, and only governments to tell us whether we were being well governed?"

--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"Everything except God has some natural superior; everything except unformed matter has some natural inferior."

--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"Without sin, the universe is a Solemn Game: and there is no good game without rules."

--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"In the midst of a world of light and love, of song and feast and dance, [Lucifer] could find nothing to think of more interesting than his own prestige."

--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"It is in their 'good' characters that novelists make, unawares, the most shocking self- revelations."

--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"People blush at praise--not only praise of their bodies, but praise of anything that is theirs."

--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"To fight in another man's armour is something more than to be influenced by his style of fighting."

--The Allegory of Love

"The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it."

--The Abolition of Man

"It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous."

--The Abolition of Man

"Without the aid of trained emotions the intellect is powerless against the animal organism."

--The Abolition of Man

"As the king governs by his executive, so Reason in man must rule the mere appetites by means of the 'spirited element.'"

--The Abolition of Man

"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."

--The Abolition of Man

"The preservation of society, and of the species itself, are ends that do not hang on the precarious thread of Reason: they are given by Instinct."

--The Abolition of Man

"If we did not bring to the examinations of our instincts a knowledge of their comparative dignity we could never learn it from them."

--The Abolition of Man

"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."

--The Abolition of Man

"Wherever any precept of traditional morality is simply challenged to produce its credentials, as though the burden of proof lay on it, we have taken the wrong position."

--The Abolition of Man

"If we are to have values at all we must accept the ultimate platitudes of Practical Reason as having absolute validity..."

--The Abolition of Man

"What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument."

--The Abolition of Man

"Man's conquest of Nature turns out, in the moment of its consummation, to be Nature's conquest of Man."

--The Abolition of Man

"No doubt those who really founded modern science were usually those whose love of truth exceeded their love of power."

--The Abolition of Man

"You have gone into the Temple...and found Him, as always, there."

--from a letter "To A Lady"

"Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done..."

--from a letter "To Mrs. L." (50)

"...art can teach without at all ceasing to be art."

--from a letter to "I.O. Evans"

"If the universe is so bad...how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator?"

--The Problem of Pain

"Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness."

--The Problem of Pain

"Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal."

--The Problem of Pain

"When we are such as He can love without impediment, we shall in fact be happy."

--The Problem of Pain

"When God becomes a Man and lives as a creature among His own creatures in Palestine, then indeed His life is one of supreme self-sacrifice and leads to Calvary."

--The Problem of Pain

"If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows...then we must starve eternally."

--The Problem of Pain

"Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment."

--The Problem of Pain

"Unless Christianity is wholly false, the perception of ourselves which we have in moments of shame must be the only true one..."

--The Problem of Pain

"The 'frankness' of people sunk below shame is a very cheap frankness."

--The Problem of Pain

"We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin."

--The Problem of Pain

"It is by human avarice or human stupidity, not by the churlishness of nature, that we have poverty and overwork."

--The Problem of Pain

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."

--The Problem of Pain

"[Pain] removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul."

--The Problem of Pain

"We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it."

--The Problem of Pain

"It matters enormously if I alienate anyone from the truth."

--The Problem of Pain

"Those who would like the God of scripture to be more purely ethical, do not know what they ask."

--The Problem of Pain

"[God] is not proud...He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him."

--The Problem of Pain

"If God were a Kantian, who would not have us till we came to Him from the purest and best motives, who could be saved?"

--The Problem of Pain

"Tribulations cannot cease until God either sees us remade or sees that our remaking is now hopeless."

--The Problem of Pain

"Those who would most scornfully repudiate Christianity as a mere "opiate of the people" have a contempt for the rich, that is, for all mankind except the poor."

--The Problem of Pain

"Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh error and fresh sin flowing on to the end of time."

--The Problem of Pain

"Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary soul can desire."

--The Problem of Pain

"Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you."

--The Problem of Pain

"God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love."

--The Problem of Pain

"No good work is done anywhere without aid from the Father of Lights."

--Reflections on the Psalms

"An Ulster Scot may come to disbelieve in God, but not to wear his weekday clothes on the Sabbath."

--Surprised by Joy

"To be discontinuous from God as I am discontinuous from you would be annihilation."

--Letters to Malcolm

"'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan. 'And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor in earth.'"

--Prince Caspian

"Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it."

--The World's Last Night

"Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is..."

--Mere Christianity

"Nothing is yet in its true form."

--Till We Have Faces

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."

--Mere Christianity

"If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don't feel at home there?"

--Encounter with Light

"It now seemed that...the deepest thirst within him was not adapted to the deepest nature of the world."

--The Pilgrim's Regress

"Though I do not believe that my desire for Paradise proves that I shall enjoy it, I think it a pretty good indication that such a thing exists and that some men will."

--Transposition and Other addresses

"We are born helpless. As soon as we are fully conscious we discover loneliness..."

--Transposition and Other addresses

"It was when I was happiest that I longed most...The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all the beauty came from."

--Till We Have Faces

"There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes."

--The Last Battle

"The very nature of Joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting."

--Surprised by Joy

"All joy...emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings."

--from an unknown letter

"Joy is the serious business of Heaven."

--Letters to Malcolm

"'You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,'" said the Lion."

--The Silver Chair

"A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere--'Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,' as Herbert says, 'fine nets and stratagems.' God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous."

--Surprised by Joy

"Thus, and not otherwise, the world was made. Either something or nothing must depend on individual choices."

--Perelandra

"Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself."

--The Problem of Pain

"If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will...then we may take it it is worth paying."

--Mere Christianity

"Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self..."

--Mere Christianity

"Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves."

--On Three Ways of Writing for Children

"The worst attitude of all would be the professional attitude which regards children in the lump as a sort of raw material which we have to handle."

--On Three Ways of Writing for Children (100)

"Truth and falsehood are opposed; but truth is the norm not of truth only but of falsehood also."

--The Allegory of Love

"If nothing is self-evident, nothing can be proved. Similarly if nothing is obligatory for its own sake, nothing is obligatory at all."

--The Abolition of Man

"The human mind has no more power of inventing a new value than of planting a new sun in the sky or a new primary colour in the spectrum..."

--Christian Reflections

"The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike...Unless we return to the crude and nursery-like belief in objective values, we perish."

--Christian Reflections

"Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning..."

--Mere Christianity

"If we retain only what can be justified by standards of prudence and convenience at he bar of enlightened common sense, then we exchange revelation for that old wraith Natural Religion."

--'Notes on the Way', Time and Tide

"When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all."

--Mere Christianity

"If naturalism were true then all thoughts whatever would be wholly the result of irrational causes...it cuts its own throat."

--A Christian Reply to Professor Price

"Unless thought is valid we have no reason to believe in the real universe."

--Christian Reflections

"A universe whose only claim to be believed in rests on the validity of inference must not start telling us the inference is invalid..."

--Christian Reflections

"The laws of thought are also the laws of things: of things in the remotest space and the remotest time."

--Christian Reflections

"Morality or duty...never yet made a man happy in himself or dear to others."

--English Literature in the 16th Century

"You would not call a man humane for ceasing to set mousetraps if he did so because he believed there were no mice in the house."

--Mere Christianity

"There is nothing indulgent about the Moral Law. It is as hard as nails...If God is like the Moral Law, then He is not soft."

--Mere Christianity

"Morality, like numinous awe, is a jump; in it, man goes beyond anything that can be 'given' in the facts of experience."

--The Problem of Pain

"All men alike stand condemned, not by alien codes of ethics, but by their own, and all men therefore are conscious of guilt."

--The Problem of Pain

"[Consciousness] is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation."

--The Problem of Pain

"The road to the promised land runs past Sinai."

--The Problem of Pain

"Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst."

--Reflections on the Psalms

"It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies."

--The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment

"Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it already."

--The Great Divorce

"I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia."

--The Silver Chair

"Certain things, if not seen as lovely or detestable, are not being correctly seen at all."

--Letters to Malcolm

"[One] can regard the moral law as an illusion, and so cut himself off from the common ground of humanity."

--The Problem of Pain

"Human intellect is incurably abstract."

--Myth Became Fact, World Dominion

"The more lucidly we think, the more we are cut off: the more deeply we enter into reality, the less we can think."

--Myth Became Fact, World Dominion

"You cannot study Pleasure in the moment of the nuptial embrace, nor repentance while repenting, nor analyze the nature of humour while roaring with laughter."

--Myth Became Fact, World Dominion

"The surest way of spoiling a pleasure [is] to start examining your satisfaction."

--Surprised by Joy

"History is a story written by the finger of God."

--Christian Reflections

"This moment contains all moments."

--The Great Divorce

"Where, except in the present, can the Eternal be met?"

--Christian Reflections

"So many things--nay every real thing--is good if only it will be humble and ordinate."

--Letters

"There are no variations except for those who know a norm, and no subtleties for those who have not grasped the obvious."

--An Experiment in Criticism

"If there is equality it is in His love, not in us."

--Transposition and Other Addresses

"Authority exercised with humility, and obedience accepted with delight are the very lines along which our spirits live."

--Transposition and Other Addresses

"Beauty is not democratic; she reveals herself more to the few than to the many..."

--'Notes on the Way' Time and Tide

"Democracy demands that little men should not take big ones too seriously; it dies when it is full of little men who think they are big themselves."

--'Notes on the Way' Time and Tide

"The claim to equality, outside the strictly political field, is made only by those who feel themselves to be in some way inferior."

--The Screwtape Letters

"They do not get their qualities from a class: they belong to that class because they have those qualities."

--'Delinquents in the Snow' Time and Tide

"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..."

--Transposition and Other Addresses

"The true enjoyments must be spontaneous and compulsive and look to no remoter end."

--The World's Last Night

"The moment good taste knows itself, some of its goodness is lost."

--Surprised by Joy

"We have had enough, once and for all, of Hedonism--the gloomy philosophy which says that Pleasure is the only good."

--'Hedonics' Time and Tide

"Many things--such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly--are done worst when we try hardest to do them."

--Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature

"Conquest is an evil productive of almost every other evil both to those who commit and to those who suffer it."

--Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature

"The universe rings true wherever you fairly test it."

--Surprised by Joy

"Heaven will solve our problems, but not, I think, by showing us subtle reconciliations between all our apparently contradictory notions."

--A Grief Observed

"The notion that everyone would like Christianity to be true, and therefore all atheists are brave men who have accepted the defeat of all their deepest desires, is simply impudent nonsense."

--Encounter With Light

"Now that I am a Christian I do not have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable."

--Mere Christianity

"Looking for God--or Heaven--by exploring space is like reading or seeing all Shakespeare's plays in the hope that you will find Shakespeare as one of the characters..."

--'The Seeing Eye', Christian Reflections (150)

"Books on psychology or economics or politics are as continuously metaphorical as books of poetry or devotion."

--Miracles

"Unless the religious claims of the Bible are again acknowledged, its literary claims will, I think, be given only 'mouth honour' and that decreasingly."

--They Asked for a Paper

"Odd, the way the less the Bible is read the more it is translated."

--Letters (25 May 1962)

"Poetry too is a little incarnation, giving body to what had been before invisible and inaudible."

--Reflections on the Psalms

"For whatever else the religious life may be, it is the fountain of self-knowledge and disillusion, the safest form of psychoanalysis."

--Book Review, Review of English Studies

"The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance."

--Reflections on the Psalms

"We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God."

--Letters to Malcolm

"The difference [God's] timelessness makes is that this now (which slips away from you even as you say the word now) is for Him infinite."

--Letters (1 August 1949)

"Perfect goodness can never debate about the end to be attained, and perfect wisdom cannot debate about the means most suited to achieve it."

--The Problem of Pain

"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'."

--Miracles

"Though we cannot experience our life as an endless present, we are eternal in God's eyes; that is, in our deepest reality."

--Letters to Malcolm

"Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful."

--The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment

"Pure, spiritual, intellectual love shot form their faces like barbed lightning. It was so unlike the love we experience that its expression could easily be mistaken for ferocity."

--Perelandra

"God has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense."

--The Problem of Pain

"'Yes,' said Queen Lucy. 'In our world too, a Stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.'"

--The Last Battle

"'How can I step out of [God's] will save into something that cannot be wished?'"

--Perelandra

"'Don't you mind him,' said Puddleglum. 'There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan.'"

--The Silver Chair

"'Safe?' said Mr. Beaver...'Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. but he's good. He's the King, I tell you.'"

--The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

"'Then instantly the pale brightness of the mist and the fiery brightness of the Lion rolled themselves together into a swirling glory and gathered themselves up and disappeared.'"

--The Horse and His Boy

"Only He who really lived a human life (and I presume that only one did) can fully taste the horror of death."

--Letters (c. September 1940)

"Where, except in uncreated light, can the darkness be drowned?"

--Letters to Malcolm

"'When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor's stead, the table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.'"

--The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

"Some people probably think of the Resurrection as a desperate last moment expedient to save the Hero from a situation which had got out of the Author's control."

--Miracles

"The idea which...shuts out the Second Coming from our minds, the idea of the world slowly ripening to perfection, is a myth, not a generalization from experience."

--The World's Last Night

"To play well the scenes in which we are 'on' concerns us much more than to guess about the scenes that follow it."

--The World's Last Night

"'Something of God...flows into us from the blue of the sky, the taste of honey, the delicious embrace of water whether cold or hot, and even from sleep itself.'"

--'Scraps', St. James' Magazine

"'We do not truly see light, we only see slower things lit by it, so that for us light is on the edge--the last thing we know before things become too swift for us.'"

--Out of the Silent Planet

"These things are not strange, Small One, though they are beyond our senses."

--Out of the Silent Planet

"A creature revolting against a creator is revolting against the source of his own powers--including even his power to revolt...It is like the scent of a flower trying to destroy the flower."

--A Preface to Paradise Lost

"Really, a young Atheist cannot guard his faith too carefully. Dangers lie in wait for him on every side."

--Surprised by Joy

"You must not do, you must not even try to do, the will of the Father unless you are prepared to 'know of the doctrine'."

--Surprised by Joy

"Every sin is the distortion of an energy breathed into us..."

--Letters to Malcolm

"We poison the wine as He decants it into us; murder a melody He would play with us as the instrument...Hence all sin, whatever else it is, is sacrilege."

--Letters to Malcolm

"...of that intimate laughter between fellow professionals, which of all earthly powers is strongest to make men do very bad things before they are yet, individually, very bad men."

--That Hideous Strength

"And then she understood the devilish cunning of the enemies' plan. By mixing a little truth with it they had made their lie far stronger."

--The Last Battle

"To admire Satan [in Paradise Lost] is to give one's vote not only for a world of misery, but also for a world of lies and propaganda, of wishful thinking, of incessant autobiography."

--A Preface to 'Paradise Lost'

"The extremity of its evil had passed beyond all struggle into some state which bore a horrible similarity to innocence."

--Perelandra

"Hatred obscures all distinctions."

--'On Science Fiction', Of Other Worlds

"Sleeping on a dragon's hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself."

--The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader'

"The gravitation away from God, 'the journey homeward to habitual self', must, we think, be a product of the Fall."

--The Problem of Pain

"All that we call human history--money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery--[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy."

--Mere Christianity

"Every story of conversion is the story of a blessed defeat."

--Foreword to Joy Davidman's Smoke on the Mountain

"The natural life in each of us is something self-centred, something that wants to be petted and admired, to take advantage of other lives, to exploit the whole universe."

--Mere Christianity

"[The natural life] knows that if the spiritual life gets hold of it, all its self-centredness and self-will are going to be killed and it is ready to fight tooth and nail to avoid that."

--Mere Christianity

"This act of self-will on the part of the creature, which constitutes an utter falseness to its true creaturely position, is the only sin that can be conceived as the Fall."

--The Problem of Pain

"The essence of religion, in my view, is the thirst for an end higher than natural ends..."

--A Christian Reply to Professor Price' Phoenix Quarterly

"From the moment a creature becomes aware of God as God and of itself as self, the terrible alternative of choosing God or self for the centre is opened to it."

--The Problem of Pain

"At this very moment you and I are either committing [selfishness], or about to commit it, or repenting it."

--The Problem of Pain

"The dangers of apparent self-sufficiency explain why Our Lord regards the vices of the feckless and dissipated so much more leniently than the vices that lead to worldly success."

--The Problem of Pain

"Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in that danger."

--The Problem of Pain (200)

"The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is the hand over your whole self--all your wishes and precautions--to Christ."

--Mere Christianity

"'Nothing, not even what is lowest and most bestial, will not be raised again if it submits to death.'"

--The Great Divorce

"A blessed spirit is a mould ever more and more patient of the bright metal poured into it, a body ever more completely uncovered to the meridian blaze of the spiritual sun."

--The Problem of Pain

"For in self-giving, if anywhere, we touch a rhythm not only of all creation but of all being."

--The Problem of Pain

"What is outside the system of self-giving is no earth, nor nature, nor 'ordinary life', but simply and solely Hell. Yet even Hell derives from this law such reality as it has."

--The Problem of Pain

"That fierce imprisonment in the self is but the obverse of the self-giving which is absolute reality..."

--The Problem of Pain

"Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained."

--Answers to Questions on Christianity

"In the moral sphere, every act of justice or charity involves putting ourselves in the other person's place and thus transcending our own competitive particularity."

--An Experiment in Criticism

"In coming to understand anything we are rejecting the facts as they are for us in favour of the facts as they are."

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