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He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart.

    Topics: Humorous, Lust, The Heart

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

    Topics: Humorous

It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.

    Topics: Humorous, Prayer

The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.

    Topics: Humorous, Ignorance

A woman means by unselfishness chiefly taking trouble for others; a man means not giving trouble to others. Thus each sex regards the other as basically selfish.

    Topics: Humorous, Selfishness

This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practise ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people.

    Topics: Hypocrisy
    Source: The Case for Christianity

An Ulster Scot may come to disbelieve in God, but not to wear his weekday clothes on the Sabbath.

    Topics: Hypocrisy
    Source: Surprised by Joy

Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.

    Topics: Hypocrisy, Men

The dangers of apparent self-sufficiency explain why Our Lord regards the vices of the feckless and dissipated so much more leniently than the vices that lead to worldly success.

    Topics: Hypocrisy, Worldliness
    Source: The Problem of Pain

I believe there are too many practitioners in the church who are not believers.

    Topics: Hypocrisy

As long as this deliberate refusal to understand things from above, even where such understanding is possible, continues, it is idle to talk of any final victory over materialism.

    Topics: Ignorance, Materialism, Victory

Human intellect is incurably abstract.

    Topics: Ignorance
    Source: Myth Became Fact, World Dominion

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