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There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."

    Topics: Contentment, Rebellion

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

    Topics: Contentment, Reading

You play the hand you're dealt. I think the game's worthwhile.

    Topics: Contentment

A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.

    Topics: Contentment, Thankfulness

I knew I was in danger but was not depressed. I've read pretty well everything.

    Topics: Contentment, Reading, Depression

Unsatisfied desire is in itself more desirable than any other satisfaction.

    Topics: Contentment

Nothing which is at all times and in every way agreeable to us can have objective reality. It is of the very nature of the real that it should have sharp corners and rough edges, that it should be resistant, should be itself. Dream-furniture is the only kind on which you never stub your toes or bang your knee.

    Topics: Contentment

Tribulations cannot cease until God either sees us remade or sees that our remaking is now hopeless.

    Topics: Conversion, Tribulation
    Source: The Problem of Pain

Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self.

    Topics: Conversion, Obedience
    Source: Mere Christianity

Every story of conversion is the story of a blessed defeat.

    Topics: Conversion
    Source: Foreword to Joy Davidman's Smoke on the Mountain

[The natural life] knows that if the spiritual life gets hold of it, all its self-centredness and self-will are going to be killed and it is ready to fight tooth and nail to avoid that.

    Topics: Conversion
    Source: Mere Christianity

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

    Topics: Conversion

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