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All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.
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#Eternity

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You cannot make men good by law: and without good men you cannot have a good society
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#Law

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With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.
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#Beginning

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It is hard to have patience with people who say ''There is no death'' or ''Death doesn't matter'.' There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter.
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#Patience

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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
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#Catholicism

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Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
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#Affection

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Some have paid me an undeserved compliment by supposing that my Letters were the ripe fruit of many years' study in moral and ascetic theology. They forgot that there is an equally reliable, though less creditable, way of learning how temptation works. 'My heart'-I need no other's-'showeth me the wickedness of the ungodly.'
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#Compliments

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The value given to the testimony of any feeling must depend on our whole philosophy, not our whole philosophy on a feeling.
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#Value #Philosophy

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If you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away?
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#Christianity

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There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on Earth
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#Earth

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Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
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#Giving #Charity

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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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#Faith #Art

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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.
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#Anxiety

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Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
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#Best Friends

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Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
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#Exercise

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The (Christian) "doctrines" are translations into our concepts and ideas of that which God has already expressed in language more adequate, namely the actual incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection
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#Doctrine

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I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing thatpeople often say about Him: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moralteacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God." That is the one thing wemust not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesussaid would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on alevel with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be theDevil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, theSon of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for afool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at Hisfeet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronisingnonsense about His being a great moral teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
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#People

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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.
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#Life

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You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan. 'And that is both honor enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.
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#Contentment

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There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.
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#Marriage

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A man with an obsession is a man who has very little sales resistance.
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#Man

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But probably every age gets, within certain limits, the science it deserves
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#Age And Aging

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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 their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.
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#Bereavement

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We treat our dogs as if they were 'almost human': that is why they really become 'almost human' in the end.
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#Animals

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Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
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#God

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There, right in the midst of our lives, is that which satisfies the craving for inequality, and acts as a permanent reminder that medicine is not food. Hence a man’s reaction to monarchy is a kind of test. Monarchy can easily be ‘debunked;' but watch the faces, mark the accents of the debunkers. These are the men whose tap-root in Eden has been cut: whom no rumour of the polyphony, the dance, can reach - men to whom pebbles laid in a row are more beautiful than an arch. Yet even if they desire equality, they cannot reach it. Where men are forbidden to honour a king they honour millionaires, athletes or film-stars instead: even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.
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#Equality

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Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.
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#Animals