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anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened: one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself. That is why an uneducated believer like Bunyan was able to write a book that has astonished the whole world.


There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.


Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.


Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.


You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.


You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.


Do not dare not to dare.


A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.


A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.


We read to know we are not alone.


It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.


Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.


There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened.


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


With my mother’s death all settled happiness, all that was tranquil and reliable, disappeared from my life. There was to be much fun, many pleasures, many stabs of Joy; but no more of the old security. It was sea and islands now; the great continent had sunk like Atlantis.


If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.


Joy is the serious business of heaven.


It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.


Clearly one must read every good book at least once every ten years.


A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.


What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects–with their Christianity latent.


I never exactly made a book. It’s rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say.


God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down.


To live his life in his own way, to call his house his castle, to enjoy the fruits of his own labor, to educate his children as his conscience directs, to save for their prosperity after his death — these are wishes deeply ingrained in civilized man. Their realization is almost as necessary to our virtues as to our happiness. From their total frustration disastrous results both moral and psychological might follow.


When you argue against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.


If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.


God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.


But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.


It is too good to waste on jokes.


Remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.


Most of us, I suppose, have a secret country but for most of us it is only an imaginary country. Edmund and Lucy were luckier than other people in that respect.


It matters enormously if I alienate anyone from the truth.


There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s never more than one.


Nothing is yet in its true form.


A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.


A myth is a lie that conveys a truth.

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