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  • It is always the novice who exaggerates.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • When they have really learned to love their neighbours as themselves, they will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbours.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • It is in some ways more troublesome to track and swat an evasive wasp than to shoot, at close range, a wild elephant. But the elephant is more troublesome if you miss.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • Whenever all men are...hastening to be slaves or tyrants we make Liberalism the prime bogey.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")


  • Provided that any of those neighbours sing out of tune or have boots that squeak, or double chins, or odd clothes, the patient will quite easily believe that their religion must therefore be somehow ridiculous.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • She's the sort of woman who lives for others - you can tell the others by their hunted expression.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all-and more amusing.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • Suspicion often creates what it suspects.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • A woman means by Unselfishness chiefly taking trouble for others; a man means not giving trouble to others...thus, while the woman thinks of doing good offices and the man of respecting other people's rights, each sex, without any obvious unreason, can and does regard the other as radically selfish.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • The claim to equality, outside of the strictly political field, is made only by those who feel themselves to be in some way inferior.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • All the delights of sense, or heart, or intellect, with which you could once have tempted him, even the delights of virtue itself, now seem to him in comparison but as the half nauseous attractions of a raddled harlot would seem to a man who hears that his true beloved whom he has loved all his life and whom he had believed to be dead is alive and even now at his door.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • The duty of planning tomorrow's work is today's duty; though its material is borrowed from the future, the duty, like all duties, is in the Present.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • By this method thousands of humans have been brought to think that humility means pretty women trying to believe they are ugly and clever men trying to believe they are fools. And since what they are trying to believe may, in some cases, be manifest nonsense, they cannot succeed in believing it and we have the chance of keeping their minds endlessly revolving on themselves in an effort to achieve the the impossible.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • 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.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")


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