Friday, July 23, 2010

The Friday Clive

“Don’t be too easily convinced that God really wants you to do all sorts of work you needn’t do. Each must do his duty ‘in that state of life to which God has called him.’ Remember that a belief in the virtues of doing for doing’s sake is characteristically feminine, characteristically American, and characteristically modern: so that three veils may divide you from the correct view! There can be intemperance in work just as in drink. What feels like zeal may be only fidgets or even the flattering of one’s self-importance. As MacDonald says, ‘In holy things may be unholy greed!’ And by doing what ‘one’s station and its duties’ does not demand, one can make oneself less fit for the duties it does demand and so commit some injustice. Just you give Mary a chance as well as Martha!”

C.S. Lewis, Letters to An American Lady


HT: Cindy, whose sidebar quotes offer inspiration and intellectual stimulation, let alone the content of her posts. Not been there? Go now.




Providing the usual link to the book I use for quotes, even though I found my quote-of-the-week elsewhere.

1 comment:

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Love the CS Lewis quote. He is so right. I wonder what gave him such insight into American women.