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764 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1938
"The swiftest thing that touches our senses is light. We do not truly see light, we only see slower things lit by it, so that for us light is on the edge —the last thing we know before things become too swift for us."
"It seems to me , Thick One, that what you really love is no completed creature but the very seed itself: for that is all that is left."
"When the Bible used that very expression about fighting with principalities and powers and depraved hypersomatic beings at Great heights (our translation is very misleading at that point, by the way) it meant that quite ordinary people were to do the fighting."
"A man who has been in another world does not come back unchanged."
"I suppose everyone knows this fear of getting 'drawn in' the moment at which a man realizes that what had seemed mere speculations are on the point of landing him in the Communist Party or the Christian church— the sense that a door has just slammed and left him on the inside."
"... ready, if ever the power is put into its hands, to open a new chapter of misery for the universe. It is the idea that humanity, having now sufficiently corrupted the planet where it arose, must at all costs contrive to seed itself over a larger area : that the vast astronomical distances which are God's quarantine regulations, must somehow be overcome."
"Though he was theoretically a materialist, he had all his life believed quite inconsistently, and even carelessly, in the freedom of his own will."
"The man who had been dug up out of the earth and the man who had been in outer space."
"For the Hideous Strength confronts us, and it is as in the days when Nimrod built a tower to reach heaven."