Sunday Quotes: The Natural State

“We are not our own masters. We are God’s property. Is it not our happiness thus to view the matter? Is it any happiness or any comfort to consider that we are our own? It may be thought so by the young and prosperous. These may think it a great thing to have everything, as they suppose, their own way-to depend on no one- to think of nothing out of sight, to be without the irksomeness of continual acknowledgement, continual prayer, continual reference of what they do to the will of another. But as time goes on, they, as all men, will find that independence was not made for man- that it is an unnatural state- will do for a while, but will not carry us safely on to the end.”

-Aldous Huxley; Brave New World

Sunday Quotes: Trying To Be Original

Following up with a not-so-subtle theme from my last few posts, here’s one of my favorite Lewis quotes:

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original. Whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

-C.S. Lewis


**I think that’s from one of Lewis’ essays in The Weight of Glory, but I’m not sure. Someday, I’ll look up the exact source, but for now I’m Sabbathing.