Do you think i could bear to live on after you died? Oh, lyra, i'd follow you down to the world of the dead without thinking twice about it, just like you followed roger; and that would be two lives gone for nothing, my life wasted like yours. No, we should spend our whole lifetimes together, good long busy lives, and if we can't spend them together, we... We'll have to spend them apart.
If i'm reading something i happen to know and gets it wrong, i just don't trust the book any more. What i ask of a novel i'm reading is that it should know a fraction more about the things i know than i do. When i'm writing...I ask myself: would i be convinced by this if i read it? If i knocked against this bit of scenery, would it feel solid?
If we all gave all our goods to the poor, the church would fall apart. If we all hated our father and mother, as jesus told us to, there'd be an end of the church's emphasis on the family as being the one important thing holding the whole society together. There are all sorts of ways in which the church's teachings contradict directly what jesus says in the gospel.