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The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about.

    Topics: Praise
    Source: Reflections on the Psalms

People blush at praise--not only praise of their bodies, but praise of anything that is theirs.

    Topics: Praise
    Source: A Preface to Paradise Lost

Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine.

    Topics: Prayer, Confession

In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not. After that the idea that prayer is recommended to us as a sort of infallible gimmick may be dismissed.

    Topics: Prayer, Jesus

The claim to equality, outside the strictly political field, is made only by those who feel themselves to be in some way inferior.

    Topics: Pride
    Source: The Screwtape Letters

The moment good taste knows itself, some of its goodness is lost.

    Topics: Pride
    Source: Surprised by Joy

The natural life in each of us is something self-centred, something that wants to be petted and admired, to take advantage of other lives, to exploit the whole universe.

    Topics: Pride
    Source: Mere Christianity

Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in that danger.

    Topics: Pride, Self-righteousness
    Source: The Problem of Pain

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.

    Topics: Pride

According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride.

    Topics: Pride, Teachers

Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that is "finding his place in it," while really it is finding its place in him.

    Topics: Prosperity

The preservation of society, and of the species itself, are ends that do not hang on the precarious thread of Reason: they are given by Instinct.

    Topics: Reasoning
    Source: The Abolition of Man

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