Quotes Sampler

Here is a collection of quotes from books I am reading:

“He who suffers before it is necessary suffers more than is necessary.” —Seneca

“Discipline equals freedom.”(Jocko, quoted in Ferris, Tools of Titans)

“Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live for ever.” (Lewis, Mere Christianity)

“One great piece of mischief has been done by the modern restriction of the word Temperance to the question of drink. It helps people to forget that you can be just as intemperate about lots of other things. A man who makes his golf or his motor-bicycle the centre of his life, or a woman who devotes all her thoughts to clothes or bridge or her dog, is being just as ‘intemperate’ as someone who gets drunk every evening. Of course, it does not show on the outside so easily: bridge-mania or golf-mania do not make you fall down in the middle of the road. But God is not deceived by externals.” (Lewis, Mere Christianity)

“When the theologies of Pelagius and Augustine are compared, Pelagius is popularly touted as the more appealing of the two because of his optimism in humanity and his defense of individual human freedom. Promoting a self-help, save-the-planet theology, it is no wonder Pelagius receives the better press. Yet in fact it was Pelagius’s theology that was the stern and chilling one. He placed a crushing weight of responsibility on the individual: we each must ensure our own, personal perfection.” (Reeves, Theologians You Should Know)

“However, Lewis’s message is not simply that the Witch is wrong and the rescuers are right. He wants to show how they finally manage to clear their heads. The Witch’s “false, mocking fancy”[37] (as Lewis describes the Moon in his early poem “French Nocturne”) is extremely convincing. How can they possibly avoid ending up as lunatics? Only obedience can do it. Painful obedience. Puddleglum stamps on the fire. “He knew it would hurt him badly enough; and so it did.” But “the pain itself made Puddleglum’s head for a moment perfectly clear and he knew exactly what he really thought. There is nothing like a good shock of pain for dissolving certain kinds of magic.”[38]” (Ward, The Narnia Code)