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We meet no ordinary people in our lives.
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Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.
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Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It
won't last forever. We must take it or leave it.
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It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to
fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely
being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
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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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Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one
of those things which give value to survival.
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Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
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All that we call human history - money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires,
slavery – is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will
make him happy.
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Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
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We read to know that we are not alone.
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Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
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The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour,
whatever he does, whoever he is.
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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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I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but
because by it I see everything else.
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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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A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an
obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is... A man who gives
in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour
later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived
a sheltered life by always giving in.
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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.
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Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment.
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When they have really learned to love their neighbours as themselves, they will be allowed to
love themselves as their neighbours.
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Perfect humility dispenses with modesty.
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If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in
preferring civilised morality to savage morality.
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We are what we believe we are.
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A glimpse is not a vision. But to a man on a mountain road by night, a glimpse of the next
three feet of road may matter more than a vision of the horizon.
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It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our
good temper down to ourselves.
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The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden
turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
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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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The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and
that is to support the ultimate career.
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A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.
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Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.
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If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we
can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want
knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable
conditions never come.
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Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong
turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road,
progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the
man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.
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Only the skilled can judge the skilfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the
result.
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Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.
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