This is where I’ll post good, shorter quotes that I stumble across. Some of them have to do with writing, but others are about theology or philosophy, other passions of mine. Peruse around, and you just might find one you like. If you have any quotes you think should be here, or any you particularly like, go ahead and comment! I’d love to see it.

Tolerance is the virtue of men who no longer believe in anything. —GK Chesterton

When people stop believing in God, they won’t believe in nothing, they’ll believe in anything.–G. K. Chesterton

The Lord Jesus is the ultimate reality to which all the fairy tales point.–Alistair Begg

Bookstores, like libraries, are the physical manifestation of the wide world’s longest, most thrilling conversation.— Richard Russo

The gospel’s glory is not that the Prince rescues the princess, but that He rescues, redeems and beautifies the evil witch- us.–RC Sproul Jr.

There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him & bad when it turns from Him.–C.S. Lewis

The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let it loose and it will defend itself.–Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Morality without religion is only a kind of dead reckoning,–an endeavor to find our place on a cloudy sea by measuring the distance we have run, but without any observation of the heavenly bodies.–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved–loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.―Victor Hugo

Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.–C.S. Lewis

Not being heard is no reason for silence.― Victor Hugo

We don’t know enough about the unknown to know that it is unknowable.–G. K. Chesterton

We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners.–R. C. Sproul

Truth will always be stranger than fiction because we have made fiction to suit ourselves.–G.K. Chesterton

You can only come to the morning through the shadows.–J.R.R. Tolkien

If a transtemporal, transfinite good is our real destiny, then any other good on which our desire fixes must be in some degree fallacious, must bear at best only a symbolical relation to what will truly satisfy. In speaking of this desire for our own faroff country, which we find in ourselves even now, I feel a certain shyness. I am almost committing an indecency. I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of you—the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence; the secret also which pierces with such sweetness that when, in very intimate conversation, the mention of it becomes imminent, we grow awkward and affect to laugh at ourselves; the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name. Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that had settled the matter. Wordsworth’s expedient was to identify it with certain moments in his own past. But all this is a cheat. If Wordsworth had gone back to those moments in the past, he would not have found the thing itself, but only the reminder of it; what he remembered would turn out to be itself a remembering. The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited. Do you think I am trying to weave a spell? Perhaps I am; but remember your fairy tales. Spells are used for breaking enchantments as well as for inducing them. And you and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness which has been laid upon us for nearly a hundred years. Almost our whole education has been directed to silencing this shy, persistent, inner voice; almost all our modern philosophies have been devised to convince us that the good of man is to be found on this earth. And yet it is a remarkable thing that such philosophies of Progress or Creative Evolution themselves bear reluctant witness to the truth that our real goal is elsewhere. When they want to convince you that earth is your home, notice how they set about it. They begin by trying to persuade you that earth can be made into heaven, thus giving a sop to your sense of exile in earth as it is. Next, they tell you that this fortunate event is still a good way off in the future, thus giving a sop to your knowledge that the fatherland is not here and now. Finally, lest your longing for the transtemporal should awake and spoil the whole affair, they use any rhetoric that comes to hand to keep out of your mind the recollection that even if all the happiness they promised could come to man on earth, yet still each generation would lose it by death, including the last generation of all, and the whole story would be nothing, not even a story, for ever and ever. Hence all the nonsense that Mr. Shaw puts into the final speech of Lilith, and Bergson’s remark that the élan vital is capable of surmounting all obstacles, perhaps even death—as if we could believe that any social or biological  development on this planet will delay the senility of the sun or reverse the second law of thermodynamics.–C.S. Lewis

There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.–W. Somerset Maugham

All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.–Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is plagiarism when you take something out of a book and use it as your own.  If you take it out of several books then it is research.–Quoted by Ralph Foss, 1932

Like stones, words are laborious and unforgiving, and the fitting of them together, like the fitting of stones, demands great patience and strength of purpose and particular skill.–Edmund Morrison

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.  ~G.K. Chesterton

Drama, instead of telling us the whole of a man’s life, must place him in such a situation, tie such a knot, that when it is untied, the whole man is visible.–Leo Tolstoy

Saying a book has one theme is murder. You’ve taken the heart out of the body but killed it in the process.–Michael Sacasas.

But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.–Lord Byron

To try to be brave is to be brave.―George MacDonald

We turn to stories and pictures and music because they show us who and what and why we are.―Madeleine L’Engle

There cannot be any ‘story’ without a fall—all stories are ultimately about the fall.–J.R.R. Tolkien

We have all read in scientific books, and, indeed, in all romances, the story of the man who has forgotten his name. This man walks about the streets and can see and appreciate everything; only he cannot remember who he is. Well, every man is that man in the story. Every man has forgotten who he is. One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God; but thou shalt not know thyself. We are all under the same mental calamity; we have all forgotten our names. We have all forgotten what we really are. All that we call common sense and rationality and practicality and positivism only means that for certain dead levels of our life we forget that we have forgotten. All that we call spirit and art and ecstacy only means that for one awful instant we remember that we forget.–G.K. Chesterton


2 thoughts on “Good Quotes

  1. Good quotes Christopher!
    Here are a few of my favorite quotes that you should consider including.

    “It is absurd to hold that a man should be ashamed being unable to defend himself with his limbs, but not ashamed of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of rational speech is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs.” –Aristotle

    “For all men guard against ordinary offences, just as they guard against ordinary diseases; but no one takes precautions against a disease that nobody has ever had.” –Aristotle

    “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” –C.S. Lewis

    “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” –C.S. Lewis

    “I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun, not because I can see it, but because by it I can see everything else.”–C.S. Lewis

    “But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” –C.S. Lewis, from The Last Battle

    “Faster progress would be made in all fields if conceit did not cause us to forget or disdain the work done by others before us. There is a tendency to believe that nothing worthy of note has been done in the past, and this has an unfortunate bearing on our judgment; thus the present trend toward mediocrity, not because it would cost more to do better but because we do not know how to do better.” –Ettore Bugatti

    I hope that you find each of these quotes to be as useful and insightful as I have.

    Thank you,
    Vilno Voltinov

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