January 12, 2011
“… he learned but three things in two years at Oxford. The first, on which he placed the greatest value, was that ‘Yea’ might be turned into ‘Nay’ and vice versa if a sufficient quantity of wordage was applied to the matter. The second was that in any argument, the victor is always right, and the third that though the pen is mightier than the sword, the sword speaks louder and stronger at any given moment” (p. 2).
The Mouse that Roared by Leonard Wibberlry
Curtis Publishing, 1954
December 5, 2010
There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
C. S. Lewis The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader,” p. 1.
December 1, 2010
From The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis:
“… you have the delightful situation of a human being saying things with the express purpose of offending and yet having a grievance when offence is taken.” (p. 18)
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Revised Paperback Edition (c) 1982 C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd.
Macmillan Publishing Company
November 25, 2010
From Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens:
The gentleman who spoke last was unconsciously right. It would have been very like a Christian, and a marvelously good Christian, too, if Oliver had prayed for the people who fed and took care of him. But he hadn’t, because nobody had taught him.
November 22, 2010
From The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (p. 172):
(a bit longer this time, but the quote really needed context)
“The Horned King!” [Taran] cried. “What happened? Where is he?”
“In a barrow, most likely, I should think.”
“Is he dead?”
“Naturally,” answered the girl. “You don’t think he’d stand being put in a barrow if he weren’t, do you?”
November 13, 2010
“Clearly, he had his own strange way of judging things. I suspect he acquired it from the Gospels.” – Victo Hugo, Les Miserables