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When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.

    Topics: Marriage, Love

Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful.

    Topics: Mercy, Justice
    Source: The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment

Some people probably think of the Resurrection as a desperate last moment expedient to save the Hero from a situation which had got out of the Author's control.

    Topics: Miracles, Salvation, Resurrection

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.

    Topics: Miracles

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.

    Topics: Miracles, Nature

The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys.

    Topics: Morality

Wherever any precept of traditional morality is simply challenged to produce its credentials, as though the burden of proof lay on it, we have taken the wrong position.

    Topics: Morality
    Source: The Abolition of Man

The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Unless we return to the crude and nursery-like belief in objective values, we perish.

    Topics: Morality, Believing, Freedom

Morality or duty never yet made a man happy in himself or dear to others.

    Topics: Morality, Happiness
    Source: English Literature in the 16th Century

Morality, like numinous awe, is a jump; in it, man goes beyond anything that can be 'given' in the facts of experience.

    Topics: Morality
    Source: The Problem of Pain

One can regard the moral law as an illusion, and so cut himself off from the common ground of humanity.

    Topics: Morality
    Source: The Problem of Pain

The standard that measures two things is something different from either. You are, in fact, comparing them both with some Real Morality, admitting that there is such a thing as a real Right, independent of what people think, and that some people's ideas get nearer to that real Right than others.

    Topics: Morality

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