The main object of the novel is to represent life. . .The success of a work of art, to my mind, may be measured by the degree to which it produces a certain illusion; that illusion makes it appear to us for the time that we have lived another life - that we have had a miraculous enlargement of experience.
Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the enemy’s (god’s) ground…he [god] made the pleasure: all our research so far has not enabled us to produce one. all we can do is to encourage the humans to take the pleasures which our enemy [god] has produced, at at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which he [god] has forbidden.
Unpleasant, even dangerous, qualities can be found in every nation and every individual: it is cruel to demand that the jew be an exception. in him, these qualities may even be dangerous and revolting to an unusual degree; and perhaps the young stock-exchange jew is altogether the most disgusting invention of mankind.
In the same way a christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble--because the christ-life is inside him, repairing him all the time, enabling him to repeat (in some degree) the kind of voluntary death which christ himself carried out." - mere christianity
The establishment of our new government seemed to be the last great experiment for promoting human happiness by reasonable compact in civil society. it was to be, in the first instance, in a considerable degree a government of accommodation as well as a government of laws. much was to be done by prudence, much by conciliation, much by firmness.