C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1949), p. 32:
The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal, or two friends talking over a pint of beer, or a man alone reading a book that interests him; and . . . all economics, politics, laws, armies, and institutions, save insofar as they prolong and multiply such scenes, are a mere ploughing of the sand and sowing of the ocean, a meaningless vanity and vexation of the spirit.
Quoted by Terry Lindvall, Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis
(Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1996), p. 129.