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Nov 29, 1898 - Nov 22, 1963
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English literary scholar
"The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world."
"The surest way of spoiling a pleasure is to start examining your satisfaction."
"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts."
"The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature, the ethos of any society is the creation of its rulers, educators and conditioners; and every creator stands above and outside his own creation."
"There are no variations except for those who know a norm, and no subtleties for those who have not grasped the obvious."
"There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes."
"There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on Earth."
"There will be two kinds of people in the end: Those that will say to God 'Thy will be done' and those to whom God will say 'Thy will be done.'"
"Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult."
"This moment contains all moments."
"Those who would most scornfully repudiate Christianity as a mere 'opiate of the people' have a contempt for the rich, that is, for all mankind except the poor."
"Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself."
"Unless Christianity is wholly false, the perception of ourselves which we have in moments of shame must be the only true one."
"Unless the religious claims of the Bible are again acknowledged, its literary claims will, I think, be given only 'mouth honour' and that decreasingly."
"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."
"We all wish to be judged by our peers, by the men 'after our own heart.' Only they really know our mind and only they judge it by standards we fully acknowledge. Theirs is the praise we really covet and the blame we really dread. The little pockets of early Chrstians survived because they cared exclusively for the love of 'the bretheren' and stopped their ears to the opinion of the Pagan society around them. But a circle of criminals, cranks, or perverts survives in just the same way; by becoming deaf to the opinion of the outer world, by discounting it as the chatter of outsiders who 'don't understand,' of the 'conventional,' the 'bourgeois,' the 'Establishment,' of prigs, prudes, and humbugs."
"We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin."
"We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship."
"We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and then bid the geldings to be fruitful."
"We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it."
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