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If I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, why should the different vices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is mere hypocrisy and convention?
For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.
All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be. This is elementary
I believe this not in the sense that it is part of my creed, but in the sense that it is one of my opinions. My religion would not be in ruins if this opinion were shown to be false.
I do not expect old heads on young shoulders.
The claim to equality, outside of the strictly political field, is made only by those who feel themselves to be in some way inferior.
The master demon Screwtape identifies elitist humanity's tendency toward "an ingrained habit of belittling anything that concerns the great mass of their fellow men.
... To be in time means to change.
The duty of planning the morrow's work is today's duty...
... Of his sins [Heavenly Father] does not want [man] to think [on them] too much: once they are repented, the sooner the man turns his attention outward, the better [Heavenly Father] is pleased.
Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts, ...Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.
A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all—and more amusing.
Music. A meaningless acceleration in the rhythm of celestial experience.
The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.
Men are not angered by mere misfortune but by misfortune conceived as injury. And the sense of injury depends on the feeling that a legitimate claim has been denied.
Even of his sins the Enemy does not want him to think too much: once they are repented, the sooner the man turns his attention outward, the better the Enemy is pleased.
Once you have made the world an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing.
He cannot ravish. He can only woo.
As long as he does not convert it into action, it does not matter how much he thinks about this new repentance.
Whatever their bodies do affects their souls. It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out...
Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,
She's the sort of woman who lives for others - you can tell the others by their hunted expression.
... You must always remember... Whatever their bodies do affects their souls.
Courtship is the time for sowing those seeds which grow up ten years later into domestic hatred.
Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.
The Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most temporal part of time--for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.