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"The proper question to be asked about any creed is not, 'Is it pleasant?' but, 'Is it true?'" - Dorothy L. Sayers

"You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity, nor endeavour to persuade yourself or me that selfishness is prudence, and insensibility of danger, security for happiness." - Jane Austen

"It's high time some people realised that there's nothing new under the sun, and stuff that was nasty dangerous rubbish when it was being spouted by a bunch of Neo-Platonist heretics in the fourth century is just the same rubbish when you dust it off, translate it into consultant-speak, and tidy it into a PowerPoint presentation." - AJ Hall

"Every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense." - Jane Austen

"The sin which in English is called Sloth is insidious, and assumes such Protean shapes that it is rather difficult to define. It is not merely idleness of mind and laziness of body: it is that whole poisoning of the will which, beginning with indifference and an attitude 'I couldn't care less,' extends to the deliberate refusal of joy and culminates in morbid introspection and despair." - Dorothy L. Sayers

"The trouble with trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed." - CS Lewis

"Those who cannot conceive of Friendship as a substantive love but only as a disguise or elaboration of Eros betray the fact they have never had a Friend." - CS Lewis