We can rest contentedly in our sins and in our stupidities, and anyone who has watched gluttons shoveling down the most exquisite foods as if they did not know what they were eating will admit that we can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being
Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes. It can no longer concern the Great Powers alone. For a nuclear disaster, spread by wind and water and fear, could well engulf the great and the small
There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves. I have heard people admit that t
Make it depend on you
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
But probably every age gets, within certain limits, the science it deserves
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
Many things--such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly--are done worst when we try hardest to do them.
When Catholicism goes bad it becomes the religion of amulets and holy places and priestcraft: Protestantism, in its corresponding decay, becomes a vague mist of ethical platitudes
Mere change is not growth. Growth is the synthesis of change and continuity, and where there is no continuity there is no growth.
The great thing is, if one can, to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions in one's own or real life. The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one's life.
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed, you might say in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in His great campaign of sabotage