In this humorous and perceptive exchange between two devils, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good vs. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better understanding of what it means to live a faithful life.
Lewis presents to us a series of fictional letters between a senior demon, Screwtape, and his nephew Wormwood, who is in training to become an expert in the art of temptation. These letters focus on Wormwood's current charge, "the patient", a young single man living in England. We follow this... read more
Lewis presents to us a series of fictional letters between a senior demon, Screwtape, and his nephew Wormwood, who is in training to become an expert in the art of temptation. These letters focus on Wormwood's current charge, "the patient", a young single man living in England. We follow this young man's life as he progresses through various philosophical ideas and beliefs, and Screwtape advises his nephew on the best infernal tactics to employ every step of the way. But when the patient finds his way into a Christian circle of friends, things take a turn for the worse for Wormwood.
“The Enemy wants him, in the end, to be so free from any bias in his own favour that he can rejoice in his own talents as frankly and gratefully as in his neighbour’s talents-or in a sunrise, an elephant, or a waterfall.”Screwtape
“Hell is "All Noise". Silence allows you to reflect and connect to God.”
“Experience is the mother of illusion.”
“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.”
“He really does want to fill the universe with a lot of loathsome little replicas of Himself - creatures whose life on its miniature scale, will be qualitatively like his own, not because he has absorbed them but because their wills freely conform to His .." .. The devil want cattle (us) for food, but God "wants servants who finally can become sons”
“He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles.”
“All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.”
“Active habits are strengthened by repetition but passive ones are weakened. The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.”
Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,Highlighted by 910 Kindle customers
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.Highlighted by 823 Kindle customers
Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.Highlighted by 774 Kindle customers
If once they get through this initial dryness successfully, they become much less dependent on emotion and therefore much harder to tempt.Highlighted by 698 Kindle customers
The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel,Highlighted by 685 Kindle customers
There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.Highlighted by 666 Kindle customers
A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all—and more amusing.Highlighted by 640 Kindle customers
We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons. We want to suck in, He wants to give out. We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over. Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself: the Enemy wants a world full of beings united to Him but still distinct.Highlighted by 601 Kindle customers
Hence nearly all vices are rooted in the future. Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.Highlighted by 537 Kindle customers
An ever increasing craving for an ever diminishing pleasure is the formula.Highlighted by 459 Kindle customers
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