Although I've never had the pleasure to read this book by C.S. Lewis, it's certainly on my list of soon-to-be-reads. These quotes are from the book The Screwtape Letters. The perspective is that of an elder demon writing to a younger, less experienced demon. I think these are some very interesting quotes from an alternate, unusual perspective.
“It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their
minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.”
“It does not matter how small the sins are provided that their
cumulative effect is to edge the man away from the Light and out into
the Nothing. Murder is no better than cards if cards can do the trick.
Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope,
soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without
Here are some other good quotes from C.S. Lewis from his book Mere Christianity, another book on my soon-to-be-read list.
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that
people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral
teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing
we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things
Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a
lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or
else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either
this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something
worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him
as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but
let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great
human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
“A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation
means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation
know how strong it is... A man who gives in to temptation after five
minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later.
That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness.
They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.”
“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always
looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are
looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”