Mere Christianity (New York: HarperCollins, 1952)

“Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live forever.”

“Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before . And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices , all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or into a hellish creature: either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures , and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow-creatures, and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is heaven: that is , it is joy and peace and knowledge and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness . Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.”

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