"[God] wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them."

"What the Enemy means by this is primarily that he should accept with patience the tribulation which has actually been dealt out to him - the present anxiety and suspense."




"The great thing is to direct the malice to his immediate neighbours whom he meets every day and to thrust his benevolence out to remote circumference, to people he does not know."
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"Think of your man as a series of concentric circles, his will being the innermost, his intellect coming next, and finally his fantasy."

"It is only in so far as they reach the Will and are there embodied in habits that the virtues are really fatal to us."

"All sorts of virtues painted in the fantasy or approved by the intellect or even, in some measure, loved and admired, will not keep a man from Our Father's house: indeed they may make him more amusing when he gets there."