1. The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.
2. The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred.
3. We do not want merely to see beauty . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.
4. In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.
5. There are only 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.”
6. The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.
7. There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.
8. Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.
9. Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.
10. The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self–all your wishes and precautions–to Christ.
11. No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.
12. Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.
13. When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.
14. Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.
15. All get what they want; they do not always like it.
16. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.
17. “Being in love” first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise.
18. Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth.
19. The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.
20. 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.
21. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
22. Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.
23. I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
24. You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.
25. What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.
26. To love at all is to be vulnerable.
27. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.
28. A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.
29. There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
30. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.
31. If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.
32. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
33. When Christ died, he died for you individually just as much as if you had been the only person in the world.
34. Jesus Christ did not say, “Go into all the world and tell the world that it is quite right.”
35. If God forgives us we must forgive ourselves otherwise its like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than him.
36. All these toys were never intended to possess my heart. My true good is in another world, and my only real treasure is Christ.
37. When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.
38. God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.
39. We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with him. He walks everywhere incognito.
40. To walk out of his will is to walk into nowhere.
41. Faith in Christ is the only thing to save you from despair.
42. Of all the bad men, religious bad men are the worst.
43. One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.
44. Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.
45. If God had granted all the silly prayers I’ve made in my life, where should I be now?
45. Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.
46. You must ask for God’s help. … After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again.
47. Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
48. Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.
49. When you are arguing against God you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.
50. God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are as much alone with him as if you were the only being he had ever created.
51. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
52. The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.
53. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
54. There would be no sense in saying you trusted Jesus if you would not take his advice.
55. God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want.
56. Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you do, and you will presently come to love him.
57. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
58. To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.
59. The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.
60. Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.
61. I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen — not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
62. Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.
63. Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.
64. It cost God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost him crucifixion.
65. Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.