Thoughts to drive us

It is impossible without humility to enjoy anything.
-GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Our temptation is to look eagerly for the minimum that will be accepted. We are in fact very like honest but reluctant taxpayers.
-CS Lewis, The Weight of Glory
 
Pride is the downward drag of all things into an easy solemnity. One “settles down” into a sort of selfish seriousness; but one has to rise to a gay self-forgetfulness. A man “falls” into a brown study; he reaches up at a blue sky. Seriousness is not a virtue…solemnity flows out of men naturally; but laughter is a leap. It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light. Satan fell by the force of gravity. 
-GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy

We do not want joy and anger to neutralise each other and produce a surly contentment; we want a fiercer delight and a fiercer discontent. We have to feel the universe at once as an ogre’s castle, to be stormed, and yet as our own cottage, to which we can return in the evening.
-GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows but only empties today of its strength.
-Charles Spurgeon
 
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
-Winston Churchill 
 
We have not any need to rebel against antiquity; we have to rebel against novelty.
-GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy

The church is often like a football stadium where 22 people need a rest and thousands of people need exercise.
-Tim Keller, via @DailyKeller

It is always simple to fall; there are an infinity of angles at which one falls, only one at which one stands.
-GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Christians shouldn’t be surprised when, in seeking to do God’s will, we find ourselves trapped in painful, frightening, difficult, or impossible situations. Life is hard – especially for Christians. We have a determined enemy seeking to devour us. “In the world,” Jesus warned, “you will have tribulation” (John 16:33).
Then He added: “But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
-Robert Morgan, The Red Sea Rules

It does not matter (comparatively speaking) how often humanity fails to imitate its ideal; for then all its old failures are fruitful. But it does frightfully matter how often humanity changes its idea; for then all its old failures are fruitless.
-GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.
-GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy

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