Tuesday, September 4, 2007

C.S. Lewis

Does anyone know where this quote of C.S. Lewis' came from?

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busy bodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us with out end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.---C.S. Lewis

3 comments:

Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

What a great quote! I sent it off to my friend who knows all things C.S. Lewis. When she responds I'll post it for you here.

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Candace Salima (LDS Nora Roberts) said...

Okay Sandra, she came through for me. That would be Donna Goff through the Donna's Journey on my blogspot. Here's what she said:

It is an essay on The Humanitarian Theory of Punishmen. The theme of busybodies seems to run through a lot of his works. This specific quote can be found in "God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics."

I loved his Abolition of Man, Weight of Glory, The Great Divorce, and Screwtape Letters.

Anne Bradshaw said...

It's found in "The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment," Res Judicatae (June 1953).