Equality, and Greatness

“ONE of the actual and certain consequences of the idea that all men are equal is immediately to produce very great men. I would say superior men, only that the hero thinks of himself as great, but not as superior. This has been hidden from us of late by a foolish worship of sinister and exceptional men, men without comrade-ship, or any infectious virtue. This type of Cæsar does exist. There is a great man who makes every man feel small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.”

~G.K. Chesterton: Charles Dickens, Ch. 1─The Dickens Period.

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Tyranny, Sincerely

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

— C.S. Lewis, “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment,” God in the Dock

Love the One, Or Serve the Other…

… “If you don’t read good books you will read bad ones. If you don’t go on thinking rationally, you will think irrationally. If you reject aesthetic satisfactions you will fall into sensual satisfactions.”

– C.S. Lewis, from The Weight of Glory, and Learning in War-Time.