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It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

    Topics: Gossip
    Source: The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment

Who can endure a doctrine which would allow only dentists to say whether our teeth were aching, only cobblers to say whether our shoes hurt us, and only governments to tell us whether we were being well governed?

    Topics: Government, Health, Doctrine

God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.

    Topics: Grace, Tribulation

An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons - marriage, or meat, or beer, or cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who do use them, he has taken the wrong turning.

    Topics: Habits, Hypocrisy

The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation.

    Topics: Happiness, Rewards
    Source: The Weight of Glory

Safety and happiness can only come from individuals, classes, and nations being honest and fair and kind to each other.

    Topics: Happiness, Honesty

It was when I was happiest that I longed most. The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing to find the place where all the beauty came from.

    Topics: Happiness, Beauty

There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.

    Topics: Happiness
    Source: The Last Battle

The surest way of spoiling a pleasure is to start examining your satisfaction.

    Topics: Happiness
    Source: Surprised by Joy

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

    Topics: Happiness

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

    Topics: Happiness, Peace

I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.

    Topics: Happiness, Joy

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