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Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation.

    Topics: Philosophy
    Source: The Problem of Pain

You cannot study pleasure in the moment of the nuptial embrace, nor repentance while repenting, nor analyze the nature of humour while roaring with laughter.

    Topics: Philosophy, Laughter

This moment contains all moments.

    Topics: Philosophy
    Source: The Great Divorce

We have had enough, once and for all, of Hedonism--the gloomy philosophy which says that Pleasure is the only good.

    Topics: Philosophy
    Source: 'Hedonics' Time and Tide

Poetry too is a little incarnation, giving body to what had been before invisible and inaudible.

    Topics: Philosophy
    Source: Reflections on the Psalms

No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that 'In the beginning God made Heaven and Earth'.

    Topics: Philosophy, Scripture, Truth
    Source: Miracles

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.

    Topics: Philosophy, Enemies, Struggles

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

    Topics: Philosophy

It does seem to me like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most necessary.

    Topics: Philosophy

Democracy demands that little men should not take big ones too seriously; it dies when it is full of little men who think they are big themselves.

    Topics: Politics, Pride, Men

He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself.

    Topics: Politics, Surrender

I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.

    Topics: Praise
    Source: Reflections on the Psalms

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