Joy is the serious business of Heaven.
Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when we look back everything is different.
You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
Eros will have naked bodies Friendship naked personalities.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
They would say, he answered, that you do not fail in obedience through lack of love, but have lost love because you never attempted obedience.
For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition.
â€œIf we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation isâ€¦we were made for another world.â€
Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.
The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.
Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.
Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.'
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.
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
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