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In reality, moral rules are directions for running the human machine. Every moral rule is there to prevent a breakdown, or a strain, or a friction, in the running of that machine. That is why these rules at first seem to be constantly interfering with our natural inclinations.

    Topics: Morality

Really great moral teachers never do introduce new moralities: it is quacks and cranks who do that.

    Topics: Morality, Teachers

Does loving your enemy mean not punishing him? No, for loving myself does not mean that I ought not subject myself to punishment-even to death. If you had committed a murder, the right Christian thing to do would be to give yourself up to the police and be hanged.

    Topics: Murder, Enemies

When humans should have become as perfect in voluntary obedience as the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they will put on its glory, or rather that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch.

    Topics: Obedience, Creation

The full acting out of the self's surrender to God therefore demands pain: this action, to be perfect, must be done from the pure will to obey, in the absence, or in the teeth, of inclination".

    Topics: Obedience, Surrender

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

    Topics: Pain, Conscience
    Source: The Problem of Pain

Pain removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul.

    Topics: Pain
    Source: The Problem of Pain

The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.

    Topics: Pain

Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment.

    Topics: Patience
    Source: The Problem of Pain

A blessed spirit is a mould ever more and more patient of the bright metal poured into it, a body ever more completely uncovered to the meridian blaze of the spiritual sun.

    Topics: Patience, Blessings
    Source: The Problem of Pain

It now seemed that the deepest thirst within him was not adapted to the deepest nature of the world.

    Topics: Peace
    Source: The Pilgrim's Regress

Nothing is yet in its true form.

    Topics: Perseverance
    Source: Till We Have Faces

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