If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.


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Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no ...
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Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
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The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
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I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up o...
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There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he...
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A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking d...
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They tell me, Lord, that when I seem
To be in speech with you.
Since but one voice is heard, i...
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Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences,...
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Friendship, then, like the other natural loves, is unable to save itself. In reality, because it is ...
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The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, 'What? You too? I thought I wa...
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Once when I had remarked on the affection quite often found between cat and dog, my friend replied, ...
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Alone among unsympathetic companions, I hold certain views and standards timidly, half ashamed to av...
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We hear a great deal about the rudeness of the ris-
ing generation. I am an oldster myself and...
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Man approaches God most nearly when he is in one sense least like God. For what can be more unlike t...
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No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
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And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, am...
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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
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Sleeping on a dragon's hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon hi...
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I desired dragons with a profound desire.
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What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on wh...
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Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole w...
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You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of...
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But I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. But do ...
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You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve," said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect th...
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Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don't go trying to use the same route twice. Ind...
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People often think of Christian morality as a kind of bargain in which God says, 'If you keep a lot ...
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The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.
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We can rest contentedly in our sins and in our stupidities, and anyone who has watched gluttons shov...
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I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but becaus...
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In reading Chesterton, as in reading MacDonald, I did not know what I was letting myself in for. A y...
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Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies t...
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Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
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I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give...
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Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he...
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You are told to love your neighbour as yourself. How do you love yourself? When I look into my own m...
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We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, Blessed are they that...
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If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explan...
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All joy emphasises our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are...
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A faith in culture is as bad as a faith in religion; both expressions imply a turning away from thos...
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Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
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What I like about experience is that it is such an honest thing. You may take any number of wrong tu...
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If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precis...
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Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead ...
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Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.
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“If we insist on keeping Hell (or even Earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we ...
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To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possib...
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If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of t...
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Humans are amphibians -- half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, b...
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I like bats much better than bureaucrats. I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of Admin. The gre...
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The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epic...
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Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense ...
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The thing is to rely on God. The time will come when you will regard all this misery as a small pric...
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We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walk...
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