Quotes by Joyce Cary

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Joyce Arthur Cary (born Arthur Joyce Lunel, December 7, 1888 - March 29, 1957) was an Irish novelist and artist.

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I look upon life as a gift from God. I did nothing to earn it. Now that the time is coming to give it back, I have no right to complain.

God is a character, a real and consistent being, or He is nothing. If God did a miracle He would deny His own nature and the universe would simply blow up, vanish, become nothing.
Religion is organized to satisfy and guide the soul -- politics does the same thing for the body.
For me, the principal fact of life is the free mind. For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity. A perpetually new and lively world, but a dangerous one, full of tragedy and injustice. A world in everlasting conflict between the new idea and the old allegiances, new arts and new inventions against the old establishment.
The will is never free -- it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car -- it can't steer.
For good and evil, man is a free creative spirit. This produces the very queer world we live in, a world in continuous creation and therefore continuous change and insecurity.

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