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The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
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Apr 04, 12

Read in April, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Only adding the spoiler alert because of the quotes.

This book is definitely worth rereading.


There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.

(Loved the whole interaction with the man and the lizard on his shoulder. And can't you just feel the oppressive heat. . ."like the morning sun at the beginning of a tyrannous summer day.")


The action of Pity will live for ever: but the passion of Pity will not. The passion of Pity, the Pity we merely suffer, the ache that draws men to concede what should not be conceded and to flatter when they should speak truth, the pity that has cheated many a woman out of her virginity and many a statesman out of his honesty—that will die. It was used as a weapon by bad men against good ones: their weapon will be broken.’

(Feelings vs. logic? Perhaps.)


For a damned soul is nearly nothing: it is shrunk, shut up in itself. Good beats upon the damned incessantly as sound waves beat on the ears of the deaf, but they cannot receive it. Their fists are clenched, their teeth are clenched, their eyes fast shut. First they will not, in the end they cannot, open their hands for gifts, or their mouth for food, or their eyes to see.’

(Pharaoh & Moses. . .current Lenten readings)

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