Brat Farrar (bratfarrar) wrote,
Brat Farrar
bratfarrar

frighteningly true

If we must have a tyrant a robber baron is far better than an inquisitor. The baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity at some point be sated; and since he dimly knows he is doing wrong he may possibly repent. But the inquisitor who mistakes his own cruelty and lust for power and fear for the voice of Heaven will torment us infinitely because he torments us with the approval of his own conscience and his better impulses appear to him as temptations.

C.S. Lewis, "A reply to Professor Haldane"
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