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"Neither of my parents suffered from the little spooky prejudices that devour the people who know nothing but automobiles and movies and what's in the ice-box and what's in the papers and which neighbors are getting a divorce." Part 1, Chap. 1, p. 4

"My mother was informing me, by mail, that she was about to die, and would never see me again." Part 1, Chap. 1, p. 16

"The devil is no fool. He can get people feeling about heaven the way they ought to feel about hell. He can make them fear the means of grace the way they do not fear sin. And he does so, not by light but by obscurity, not by realities but by shadows, not by clarity and substance but by dreams and the creatures of psychosis. And men are so poor in intellect that a few cold chills down their spine will be enough to keep them from ever finding out the truth about anything." Part 1, Chap. 1, p. 30

"As a child, and since then too, I have always tended to resist any kind of a possessive affection on the part of any other human being—there has always been this profound instinct to keep clear, to keep free. And only with truly supernatural people have I ever felt really at my ease, really at peace." Part 1, Chap. 2, p. 63

"And so I became the complete twentieth-century man. . . I became a true citizen of my own disgusting century: the century of poison gas and atomic bombs." Part 1, Chap. 3, p. 94

"For it had become evident to me that I was a great rebel." Part 1, Chap. 3, p. 103

"It was death, that came to stand by my bed." Part 1, Chap. 3, p. 107

"But it was in Rome that my conception of Christ was formed. It was there I first saw Him, Whom I now serve as my God and my King, and Who owns and rules my life." Part 1, Chap. 3, p. 120

"They committed the thin body of my poor Victorian angel to the clay of Ealing, and buried my childhood with her." Part 1, Chap. 3, p. 134

"And that was the end of my days as a great revolutionary. I decided that it would be wiser if I just remained a 'fellow-traveller'. The truth is that my inspiration to do something for the good of mankind had been pretty feeble and abstract from the start. I was still interested in doing good for only one person in the world—myself." Part 1, Chap. 4, p. 164

"I had always been afraid of the Catholic Church." Part 2, Chap. 1, p. 188

"This registration in the graduate school represented the first remote step of a retreat from the fight for money and fame." Part 2, Chap. 1, p. 206

"So now I was told that I ought to turn to the Christian tradition, to St. Augustine—and told by a Hindu monk!" Part 2, Chap. 1, p. 217

"In spite of all my studying and all my reading and all my talking, I was still infinitely poor and wretched in my appreciation of what was about to take place within me. I was about to set foot on the shore at the foot of the high, seven-circled mountain of Purgatory, steeper and more arduous than I was able to imagine, and I was not at all aware of the climbing I was about to have to do." Part 2, Chap. 1, p. 242

"I went downstairs and out into the street to go to my happy execution and rebirth." Part 2, Chap. 1, p. 243

"For once, for the first time in my life, I had been, not days, not weeks, but months, a stranger to sin." Part 3, Chap. 1, p. 303

"I suddenly remembered who I was, who I had been. I was astonished: since last September I seemed to have forgotten that I had ever sinned." Part 3, Chap. 1, p. 324

"I no longer needed to get something, I needed to give something." Part 3, Chap. 3, p 390

"I was free. I had recovered my liberty. I belonged to God, not to myself: and to belong to Him is to be free, free of all the anxieties and worries and sorrows that belong to this earth, and the love of the things that are in it." Part 3, Chap. 3, p 406

"Father, here is a man who was converted to the faith by reading James Joyce." Part 3, Chap. 4, p 425

"At that moment there flashed into my mind all the scores of times in our forgotten childhood when I had chased John Paul away with stones from the place where my friends and I were building a hut. And now, all of a sudden, here it was all over again: a situation that was externally of the same pattern: John Paul, standing, confused and unhappy, at a distance which he was not able to bridge. Sometimes the same image haunts me now that he is dead." Part 3, Chap. 4, p. 438

"This means, in practice, that there is only one vocation. Whether you teach or live in the cloister or nurse the sick, whether you are in religion or out of it, married or single, no matter who you are or what you are, you are called to the summit of perfection: you are called to a deep interior life perhaps even to mystical prayer, and to pass the fruits of your contemplation on to others." Epilogue, p. 458

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