C. S. Lewis quote

"There is a difficulty about disagreeing with God. He is the source from which all your reasoning power comes: you could not be right and he wrong any more than a stream can rise higher than its own source. When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on."

C. S. Lewis

Born: November 29, 1898

Die: November 22, 1963

Occupation: Novelist

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No emotion is, in itself, a judgement; in that sense all emotions and sentiments are alogical. but they can be reasonable or unreasonable as they conform to Reason or fail to conform. The heart never takes...

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If ever they remembered their life in this world it was as one remembers a dream.

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There is nothing indulgent about the Moral Law. It is as hard as nails. It tells you to do the straight thing and it does not seem to care how painful, or dangerous, or difficult it is to do.

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Digory never spoke on the way back, and the others were shy of speaking to him. He was very sad and he wasn't even sure all the time that he had done the right thing; but whenever he remembered the shining...

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All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be. This is elementary

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Clearly one must read every good book at least once every ten years.

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It doesn't really matter whether you grip the arms of the dentist's chair or let your hands lie in your lap. The drill drills on.

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I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.

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For Narnia and for Aslan!

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Sleeping on a dragon's hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself.

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People shouldn't call for demons unless they really mean what they say.

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When the time comes to you at which you will be forced at last to utter the speech which has lain at the center of your soul for years, which you have, all that time, idiot-like, been saying over and over,...

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Child, that is why all the rest are now a horror to her. That is what happens to those who pluck and eat fruits at the wrong time and in the wrong way. Oh, the fruit is good, but they loath it ever after.

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Make your choice, adventurous Stranger, Strike the bell and bide the danger, Or wonder, till it drives you mad, What would have followed if you had.

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After an error you need not only to remove the causes but also to correct the error itself: after a sin you must not only, if possible, remove the temptation, you must also go back and repent the sin itself....

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You cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

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If Christianity was something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not. We cannot compete, in simplicity with people who are inventing religions. How could we? We are dealing...

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Nothing is very strong: strong enough to steal away a man's best years not in sweet sins but in a dreary flickering of the mind over it knows not what and knows not why, in the gratification of curiosities...

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The man who truly and disinterestedly enjoys any one thing in the world, for its own sake, and without caring two-pence what other people say about it, is by that very fact forewarmed against some of our...

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By this method thousands of humans have been brought to think that humility means pretty women trying to believe they are ugly and clever men trying to believe they are fools. And since what they are trying...

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The Enemy wants to bring the man to a state of mind in which he could design the best cathedral in the world, and know it to be the best, and rejoice in the fact, without being any more (or less) or otherwise...

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You must therefore zealously guard in his mind the curious assumption 'My time is my own'. Let him have the feeling that he starts each day as the lawful possessor of twenty-four hours. Let him feel as...

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The man can neither man, nor retain, one moment of time; it all comes to him by pure gift; he might as well regard the sun and moon as his chattels.

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The game is to have them all running about with fire extinguishers when there is a flood, and all crowding to that side of the boat which is already nearly gunwale under.

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Whatever he says, let his inner resolution be not to bear whatever comes to him, but to bear it 'for a reasonable period'--and let the reasonable period be shorter than the trial is likely to last. It...

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If war is ever lawful, then peace is sometimes sinful.

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Life isn't all fricasseed frogs and eel pie.

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The way for a person to develop a style is (a) to know exactly what he wants to say, and (b) to be sure he is saying exactly that.

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And He [God] and you are two things of such a kind that if you really get into any kind of touch with Him you will, in fact, be humble--delightedly humble, feeling the infinite relief of having for once...

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All killing is not murder any more than all sexual intercourse is adultery.

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The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all the other kinds of union which were intended to go along...

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In my experience, it is Affection that creates this taste, teaching us first to notice, then to endure, then to smile at, then to enjoy, and finally to appreciate the people who 'happen to be there.' Made...

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You cannot love a fellow creature fully till you love God.

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The longest way round is the shortest way home. (Quoting Alexander MacLaren, The Wearied Christ and Other Sermons)

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Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistake...

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Enemy-occupied territory---that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us to take part in a great campaign...

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But what would have been the good?" Aslan said nothing. "You mean," said Lucy rather faintly, "that it would have turned out all right – somehow? But how? Please, Aslan! Am I not to know?" "To know what...

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You can't know, you can only believe - or not.

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And since we cannot deceive the whole human race all the time, it is most important thus to cut every generation off from all others; for where learning makes a free commerce between the ages there is...

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Now we cannot...discover our failure to keep God's law except by trying our very hardest (and then failing). Unless we really try, whatever we say there will always be at the back of our minds the idea...

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Remember He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can't see it. So quietly submit to be painted---i.e., keep fulfilling all the obvious duties of your station (you really know quite well enough...

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Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.

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I was not born to be free---I was born to adore and obey.

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Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.

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He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.

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There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.

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There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.

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Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.

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I wonder do the gods know what it feels like to be a man.

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Even if there were pains in Heaven, all who understand would desire them.

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Sometimes it is hard not to say, 'God forgive God.' Sometimes it is hard to say so much. But if our faith is true, He didn't. He crucified Him.

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It is my opinion that a story worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then.

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Once when I had remarked on the affection quite often found between cat and dog, my friend replied, "Yes. But I bet no dog would ever confess it to the other dogs.

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I have at last come to the end of the Faerie Queene: and though I say "at last", I almost wish he had lived to write six books more as he had hoped to do — so much have I enjoyed it.

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The man is a humbug — a vulgar, shallow, self-satisfied mind, absolutely inaccessible to the complexities and delicacies of the real world. He has the journalist's air of being a specialist in everything,...

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For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition.

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Any amount of theology can now be smuggled into people's minds under the cover of fiction without their knowing it.

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It is very true. But even a traitor may mend. I have known one who did.

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but who can feel ugly, when their heart feels joy

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Edmund, give a special goodbye to Trumpkin for me. He's been a brick.

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In those days a boy on the classical side officially did almost nothing but classics. I think this was wise; the greatest service we can to education today is to teach few subjects. No one has time to...

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We don't have a soul. We are a soul. We happen to have a body.

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Every Christian would agree that a man's spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God.

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Always winter but never Christmas.

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But what manner of use would it be ploughing through that darkness?' asked Drinian. Use?' replied Reepicheep. 'Use, Captain?' If you mean by filling our bellies or our purses, I confess it will be no use...

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A thing may be morally neutral and yet the desire for that thing may be dangerous.

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I was driven to Whipsnade one sunny morning. When we set out I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did. Yet I had not exactly spent the journey in thought....

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who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? The words compelle...

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Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair.

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Provided that any of those neighbours sing out of tune or have boots that squeak, or double chins, or odd clothes, the patient will quite easily believe that their religion must therefore be somehow ridiculous.

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Humans are amphibians...half spirit and half animal...as spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. This means that while their spirit can be directed to an eternal object,...

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The Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most temporal part of time--for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.

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Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.

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If each side had been frankly contending for its own real wish, they would all have kept within the bounds of reason and courtesy; but just because the contention is reversed and each side is fighting...

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We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice. Whenever we have almost succeeded in doing so, God permits a war or an earthquake or some other calamity, and at once courage becomes so obviously...

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The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.

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For jokes as well as justice come in with speech. - Aslan, The Magician's Nephew

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the sweet heavy smell grew very much less. For though the whole fire had not been put out, a good bit of it had, and what remained smelled very largely of burnt Marsh-wiggle, which is not at all an enchanting...

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In Charn [Jadis] had taken no notice of Polly (till the very end) because Digory was the one she wanted to make use of. Now that she had Uncle Andrew, she took no notice of Digory. I expect most witches...

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You've no idea how good an old joke sounds when you take it out again after a rest of five or six hundred years.

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Alas," said Aslan, shaking his head. "It will. Things always work according to their nature. She has won her heart's desire; she has unwearying strength and endless days like a goddess. But length of days...

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There might be things more terrible even than losing someone you love by death.

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All is summed up in the prayer which a young female human is said to have uttered recently: "O God, make me a normal twentieth-century girl!" Thanks to our labors, this will mean increasingly: "Make me...

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No thanks," said Digory, "I don't know that I care much about living on and on after everyone I know is dead. I'd rather live an ordinary time and die and go to Heaven.

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Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.

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Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently...

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Jesus was either a Liar, a Lunatic, or Lord

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It is not your business to succeed, but to do right. When you have done so the rest lies with god.

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I wish I had never been born," she said. "What are we born for?" "For infinite happiness," said the Spirit. "You can step out into it at any moment...

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Growing maturity is marked by the increasing liberties we take with our travelling... we made the discovery (some people never make it) that real books can be taken on a journey and that hours of golden...

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She remembered, as every sensible person does, that you should never never shut yourself up in a wardrobe.

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All the delights of sense, or heart, or intellect, with which you could once have tempted him, even the delights of virtue itself, now seem to him in comparison but as the half nauseous attractions of...

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When the author walks on the stage the play is over. God is going to invade, all right...something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left? For this...

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To excuse what can really produce good excuses is not Christian charity; it is only fairness. To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable in you.

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There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice...

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Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.

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In the midst of a world of light and love, of song and feast and dance, [Lucifer] could find nothing to think of more interesting than his own prestige.

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All shall be done, but it may be harder than you think.

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I was wondering — I mean — could there be some mistake? Because nobody called me and Scrubb, you know. It was we who asked to come here. You would not have called me unless I had been calling you.

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It is because they have no Oyarsa,' said one of the pupils. It is because everyone of them wants to be a little Oyarsa himself,' said Augray.

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Well,' said Ransom, 'if it is a delusion, it's a pretty stubborn one.

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Virtue - even attempted virtue - brings light; indulgence brings fog.

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Evil can be undone, but it cannot 'develop' into good. Time does not heal it. The spell must be unwound, bit by bit, 'with backward mutters of dissevering power' - or else not.

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No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.

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The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we are sure to lose.

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The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them,and what came through them was longing. These things—the...

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we follow One who stood and wept at the grave of Lazarus-not surely, because He was grieved that Mary and Martha wept, and sorrowed for their lack of faith (though some thus interpret) but because death,...

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The people who keep asking if they can't lead a decent life without Christ, don't know what life is about; if they did they would know that 'a decent life' is mere machinery compared with the thing we...

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Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.

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Free will, though it makes evil possible, also makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.

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If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don't feel at home there?

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No time for better words, no time to unsay anything. -Til We Have Faces

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If you think of this world as a place simply intended for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place for training and correction and it's not so bad.

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At a well in a yard they met a man who was beating a boy. The stick burst into a flower in the mans hand. He tried to drop it, but it stuck to his hand. His arm became a branch, his body the trunk of a...

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To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.

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you had nothing to say about it and yet made the nothing up into words.

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In the name of the Fathers, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, here goes-I mean Amen.

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Music. A meaningless acceleration in the rhythm of celestial experience.

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It is in some ways more troublesome to track and swat an evasive wasp than to shoot, at close range, a wild elephant. But the elephant is more troublesome if you miss.

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A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered.

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Remember, he is not, like you, a pure spirit. Never having been a human (Oh that abominable advantage of the Enemy's) you don't realize how enslaved they are to the pressure of the ordinary.

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Death and resurrection are what the story is about and had we but eyes to see it, this has been hinted on every page, met us, in some disguise, at every turn, and even been muttered in conversations between...

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An 'impersonal God'-well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own heads-better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap-best of all....

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He is not the soul of Nature, nor any part of Nature. He inhabits eternity: He dwells in a high and holy place: heaven is His throne, not his vehicle, earth is his footstool, not his vesture. One day he...

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It would be nice and fairly nearly true, to say that 'from that time forth, Eustace was a different boy.' To be strictly accurate, he began to be a different boy. He had relapses. There were still many...

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It is a very funny thing that the sleepier you are, the longer you take about getting to bed.

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Isn't it absolutely essential to keep a fierce Left and fierce Right, both on their toes and each terrified of the other? That's how we get things done.

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He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart

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Strictly speaking, there are no such things as good and bad impulses. Think...of a piano. It has not got two kinds of notes on it, the 'right' notes and the 'wrong' ones. Every single note is right at...

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Knock and it shall be opened.' But does knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac?

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Few men looked on her without becoming, in a certain fashion, her lovers. But it was the kind of love that made them not less true, but truer, to their own wives.

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If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that...

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If you do not take the distinction between good and bad very seriously, then it is easy to say that anything you find in this world is a part of God. But, of course, if you think some things really bad,...

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God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is...

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Why love, if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore: only the life I have lived. Twice in that life I've been given the choice: as a boy and as a man. The boy chose safety, the man chooses suffering....

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Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia.

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Everything is as good or bad as our opinion makes it.

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A Centaur has a man-stomach and a horse-stomach. And of course both want breakfast. So first of all he has porridge and pavenders and kidneys and bacon and omlette and cold ham and toast and marmalade...

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I don't want him to live forever, and I know that he's not going to live forever whether I want him to or not.

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To every man, in his acquaintance with a new art, there comes a moment when that which before was meaningless first lifts, as it were, one corner of the curtain that hides its mystery, and reveals, in...

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The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God's love for us does not.

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When they have really learned to love their neighbours as themselves, they will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbours.

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The humans live in time but our Enemy (God) destines them for eternity.

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There have been men before … who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God himself… as if the good Lord had nothing to do but to exist. There have been...

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Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it.

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The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man's self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred

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The Christian is in a different position from other people who are trying to be good. They hope, by being good, to please God if there is one; or — if they think there is not — at least they hope to...

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Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh error and fresh sin flowing on to the end of time.

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The laws of thought are also the laws of things: of things in the remotest space and the remotest time.

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The present is the only time in which any duty may be done or grace received.

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There must, whether the gods see it or not, be something great in the mortal soul. For suffering, it seems, is infinite, and our capacity without limit.

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The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become - because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. . .It is when I turn...

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Feelings, and feelings, and feelings. Let me try thinking instead.

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The time when there is nothing at all in your soul except a cry for help may be just that time when God can't give it: you are like the drowning man who can't be helped because he clutches and grabs. Perhaps...

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Reality the iconoclast once more. Heaven will solve our problems, but not, I think, by showing us subtle reconciliations between all our apparently contradictory notions. The notions will all be knocked...

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We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.

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There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there's never more than one.

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Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is.

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Do I think well of myself, think myself a nice chap? WEll, I am afraid I sometimes do (and those are, no doubt, my worst moments)...

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Enough had been thought, and said, and felt, and imagined. It was about time that something should be done.

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Courtship is the time for sowing those seeds which will grow up ten years into domestic hatred.

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But suppose you struggle through to the good and find that it also is dreadful? How if food itself turns out to be the very thing you can't eat, and home the very place you can't live, and your very comforter...

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If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

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The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice,...

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Those who tread 'adult' as a term of approval cannot hope to be considered adult themselves. When I became a man I put away childish things, along with the desire to be very grown up.

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When you are happy, so happy you have no sense of needing Him, so happy that you are tempted to feel His claims upon you as an interruption, if you remember yourself and turn to Him with gratitude and...

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Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall...

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A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Digory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought...

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The purpose of all opprobrious language is, not to describe, but to hurt - even when, like Hamlet, we make only the shadow-passes of a soliloquised combat. We call the enemy not what we think he is but...

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We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.

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If the immutable heart can be grieved by the puppets of its own making, it is Divine Omnipotence, no other, that has subjected it, freely, and in a humility that passes understanding. If the world exists...

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A Christian society is not going to arrive until most of us really want it: and we are not going to want it until we become fully Christian. I may repeat "Do as you would be done by" till I am black in...

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C. S. Lewis

That is why Christians are told not to judge. We see only the results which a man's choices make out of his raw material. But God does not judge him on the raw material at all, but on what he has done...

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C. S. Lewis

Non-Christians seem to think that the Incarnation implies some particular merit or excellence in humanity. But of course it implies just the reverse: a particular demerit and depravity. No creature that...

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C. S. Lewis

I now see that I spent most of my life in doing neither what I ought nor what I liked.

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C. S. Lewis

In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not.

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C. S. Lewis

I am in love and out of it I will not go.

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C. S. Lewis

Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. ... We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never...

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C. S. Lewis

You Too? I thought I was the only one.

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C. S. Lewis

Nothing can seem extraordinary until you have discovered what is ordinary.

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C. S. Lewis

All possible knowledge, then, depends on the validity of reasoning...Unless human reasoning is valid no science can be true.

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C. S. Lewis

Theology offers you a working arrangement, which leaves the scientist free to continue his experiments and the Christian to continue his prayers.

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C. S. Lewis

The assumption that things which have been conjured in the past will always be conjured in the guiding principle not of rational but of animal behavior.

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C. S. Lewis

Every object you see before you at this moment -the walls, ceiling, and furniture, the book, your own washed hands and cut fingernails, bears witness to the colonization of Nature of Reason.

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C. S. Lewis

Besides reasoning about matters of fact, men also make moral judgements.

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C. S. Lewis

If we continue to make moral judgements (and whatever we say shall in fact continue) then we must believe that the conscience of man is not a product of nature.

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C. S. Lewis

Christianity does not involve the belief that all things were made for man. it does involve the belief that god loves man and for his sake became man and died.

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C. S. Lewis

Christ did not die for man because they were intrinsically worth dying for, but because he is intrinsically love, and therefore loves infinitely.

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C. S. Lewis

The Christians say that God has done miracles. The modern world, even when it believes in God, and even when it has see the defenselessness of nature, does not. It thinks God would not do that sort of...

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C. S. Lewis

We who defend Christianity find ourselves constantly opposed not by the irreligion of our headers but by their real religion.

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C. S. Lewis

In your world, I have another name. You should know me by it.

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C. S. Lewis

If tribulation is a necessary element in redemption, we must anticipate that it will never cease till God sees the world to be either redeemed or no further redeemable.

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C. S. Lewis

Kindness consents very readily to the removal of its object – we have all met people whose kindness to animals is constantly leading them to kill animals lest they should suffer. Kindness, merely as...

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C. S. Lewis

Love may, indeed, love the beloved when her beauty is lost: but not because it is lost. Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal. Love...

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C. S. Lewis

If the world is meaningless, then so are we; if we mean something, we do not mean alone.

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C. S. Lewis

[S]omething inside us, the feeling of resentment, the feeling that wants to get one's own back, must be simply killed. I do not mean that anyone can decide this moment that he will never feel it anymore....

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C. S. Lewis

But length of days with an evil heart is only length of misery and already she begins to know it. All get what they want; they do not always like it.

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C. S. Lewis

Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it.

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C. S. Lewis

If one has to choose between reading the new books and reading the old, one must choose the old: not because they are necessarily better but because they contain precisely those truths of which our own...

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C. S. Lewis

We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good; if bad, because it works in us patience, humility, contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.

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C. S. Lewis

Being nice doesn’t make you stupid. It makes you feel good because you know you are gracious enough to forgive and smart enough to realize how distasteful some people can be.

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C. S. Lewis

When we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subjects we destroy his standards, perhaps for life.

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C. S. Lewis

We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, 'Blessed are they that mourn,' and I accept it. I've got nothing that I hadn't bargained for. Of course it is different when...

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C. S. Lewis

I see people, as they approach me, trying to make up their minds whether they'll 'say something about it' or not. I hate if they do, and if they don't.

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C. S. Lewis

Aren't all these notes the senseless writings of a man who won't accept the fact that there is nothing we can do with suffering except to suffer it?

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C. S. Lewis

We forgive, we mortify our resentment; a week later some chain of thought carries us back to the original offence and we discover the old resentment blazing away as if nothing had been done about it at...

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C. S. Lewis

They say, 'The coward dies many times'; so does the beloved. Didn't the eagle find a fresh liver to tear in Prometheus every time it dined?

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C. S. Lewis

Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean “More people died” don’t say “Mortality rose.

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C. S. Lewis

The modern habit of doing ceremonial things unceremoniously is no proof of humility; rather it proves the offender's inability to forget himself in the rite, and his readiness to spoil for every one else...

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C. S. Lewis

First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order...

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C. S. Lewis

Whenever we find that our religious life is making us feel that we are good - above all, that we are better than someone else - I think we may be sure that we are being acted on, not by God, but by the...

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C. S. Lewis

We may not be able to get certainty, but we can get probability, and half a loaf is better than no bread.

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C. S. Lewis

True faith is never found alone; it is accompanied by expectation.

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C. S. Lewis

We all agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it.

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C. S. Lewis

I find that when I think I am asking God to forgive me I am often in reality. . . asking Him not to forgive me but to excuse me.

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C. S. Lewis

God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than of any other slackers. If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains...

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C. S. Lewis

Everyone says that forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.

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C. S. Lewis

If one could run without getting tired I don't think one would often want to do anything else.

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C. S. Lewis

If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be; if it is true, every honest man will want to believe it, even if it gives him no help at all

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C. S. Lewis

It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.

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C. S. Lewis

Come, live with me and you'll know me.

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C. S. Lewis

See the bear in his own den before you judge of his conditions.

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C. S. Lewis

Everyone who believes in God at all believes that he knows what you and I are going to do tomorrow.

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C. S. Lewis

I think we must attack -- wherever we meet it -- the nonsensical idea that mutually exclusive propositions about God can both be true.

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C. S. Lewis

From the moment a creature becomes aware of God as God and of itself as self, the terrible alternative of choosing God or self for the centre is opened to it.

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C. S. Lewis

Even in this world of course it is the stupidest children who are most childish and the stupidest grown-ups who are most grown-up.

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C. S. Lewis

There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God Himself.

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C. S. Lewis

I think I am beginning to understand why grief feels like suspense. It comes from the frustration of so many impulses that had become habitual. Thought after thought feeling after feeling action after...

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C. S. Lewis

You and I who still enjoy fairy tales have less reason to wish actual childhood back. We have kept its pleasures and added some grown-up ones as well.

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C. S. Lewis

Not my idea of God, but God. Not my idea of H., but H. Yes, and also not my idea of my neighbour, but my neighbour. For don't we often make this mistake as regards people who are still alive -- who are...

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C. S. Lewis

I know all about the despair of overcoming chronic temptation. It is not serious, provided self-offended petulance, annoyance at breaking records, impatience, etc., don't get the upper hand. No amount...

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C. S. Lewis

The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.

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C. S. Lewis

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good...Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is.

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C. S. Lewis

With my mother's death all settled happiness, all that was tranquil and reliable, disappeared from my life. There was to be much fun, many pleasures, many stabs of Joy; but no more of the old security....

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C. S. Lewis

Once in those very early days my brother brought into the nursery the lid of a biscuit tin which he had covered with moss and garnished with twigs and flowers so as to make it a toy garden or a toy forest....

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C. S. Lewis

Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever?

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C. S. Lewis

The people with very hard problems are understood by God. He knows what wretched machines they are trying to drive. Some day he will fling them away and give those people new ones; then they may astonish...

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C. S. Lewis

What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects--with their Christianity latent.

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C. S. Lewis

God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.

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C. S. Lewis

All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes...

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C. S. Lewis

Inner silence is for our race a difficult achievement. There is a chattering part of the mind which continues, until it is corrected, to chatter on even in the holiest places.

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C. S. Lewis

The proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gifts...Thus a heavy task is laid upon Gift-love. It must work toward its own abdication. We must aim at making...

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C. S. Lewis

They were really getting quite fond of their strange pet and hoped that Aslan would allow them to keep it. The cleverer ones were quite sure by now that at least some of the noises which came out of his...

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C. S. Lewis

Joy is never in our power and pleasure often is

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C. S. Lewis

In a word, we may reasonably hope for the virtual abolition of education when I'm as good as you has fully had its way. All incentives to learn and all penalties for not learning will vanish.The few who...

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C. S. Lewis

I daren't come and drink," said Jill. Then you will die of thirst," said the Lion. Oh dear!" said Jill, coming another step nearer."I suppose I must go and look for another stream then." There is no other...

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C. S. Lewis

For the past twenty years you and I have been fed all day long on good solid lies about sex

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C. S. Lewis

Do not cite the Deep Magic to me, Witch. I was there when it was written.

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C. S. Lewis

The Christian "doctrines" are translations into our concepts and ideas of that which God has already expressed in language more adequate, namely the actual incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection

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C. S. Lewis

Grief ... gives life a permanently provisional feeling. It doesn't seem worth starting anything. I can't settle down. I yawn, I fidget, I smoke too much. Up till this I always had too little time. Now...

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C. S. Lewis

Here the whole world (stars, water, air, And field, and forest, as they were Reflected in a single mind) Like cast off clothes was left behind In ashes, yet with hopes that she, Re-born from holy poverty,...

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C. S. Lewis

The hard sayings of our Lord are wholesome to those only who find them hard.

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C. S. Lewis

All your life an unattainable ecstasy has hovered just beyond the grasp of your consciousness. The day is coming when you will wake to find, beyond all hope, that you have attained it, or else, that it...

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C. S. Lewis

Like a good chess player, Satan is always trying to maneuver you into a position where you can save your castle only by losing your bishop.

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C. S. Lewis

For you will certainly carry out God's purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.

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C. S. Lewis

and a charge of lying against someone whom you have always found truthful is a very serious thing; a very serious thing indeed.

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C. S. Lewis

He wondered how he could ever have thought of the planets, even of the Earth, as islands of life and reality floating in a deadly void. Now with a certainty which never after deserted him, he saw the planets...

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C. S. Lewis

Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory a meaning for me. I still do not know where else I could...

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C. S. Lewis

We feasted on love; every mode of it, solemn and merry, romantic and realistic, sometimes as dramatic as a thunderstorm, sometimes comfortable and unemphatic as putting on your soft slippers. She was my...

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C. S. Lewis

The sense that in this universe we are treated as strangers, the longing to be acknowledged, to meet with some response, to bridge some chasm that yawns between us and reality, is part of our inconsolable...

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C. S. Lewis

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.

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C. S. Lewis

He told people that their sins were forgiven, and never waited to consult all the other people whom their sins had undoubtedly injured. He unhesitatingly behaved as if He was the party chiefly concerned,...

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C. S. Lewis

Awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.

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C. S. Lewis

Human beings look separate because you see them walking about separately. But then we are so made that we can see only the present moment. If we could see the past, then of course it would look different....

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C. S. Lewis

We can never know what might have been but what is to come is another matter entirely

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C. S. Lewis

Dearest Daughter. I knew you would not be long in coming to me. Joy shall be yours.

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C. S. Lewis

In Science we have been reading only the notes to a poem; in Christianity we find the poem itself.

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C. S. Lewis

Sexual appetite, like any other appetite, grows by indulgence

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C. S. Lewis

Things never happen the same way twice.

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C. S. Lewis

A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all—and more amusing.

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C. S. Lewis

It is always the novice who exaggerates.

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C. S. Lewis

When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less.

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C. S. Lewis

Christian principles are, admittedly, stricter than the others; but then we think you will get help towards obeying them which you will not get towards obeying the others.

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C. S. Lewis

The Christian idea of marriage is based on Christ's words that a man and wife are to be regarded as a single organism - for that is what the words 'one flesh' would be in modern English. And the Christians...

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C. S. Lewis

The promise, made when I am in love and because I am in love, to be true to the beloved as long as I live, commits me to being true even if I cease to be in love. A promise must be about things that I...

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C. S. Lewis

Christianity does not want us to reduce by one atom the hatred we feel for cruelty and treachery. We ought to hate them. Not one word of what we have said about them needs to be unsaid. But it does want...

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C. S. Lewis

The real test of being in the presence of God is, that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object.

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C. S. Lewis

The worldly man treats certain people kindly because he 'likes' them: the Christian, trying to treat every one kindly, finds him liking more and more people as he goes on - including people he could not...

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C. S. Lewis

Good and evil both increase at compound interest.

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C. S. Lewis

We sit down before the picture in order to have something done to us, not that we may do things with it. The first demand any work of art makes upon us is surrender. Look. Listen. Receive. Get yourself...

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C. S. Lewis

While we are actually subjected to them, the 'moods' and 'spirits' of nature point no morals. Overwhelming gaiety, insupportable grandeur, sombre desolation are flung at you. Make what you can of them,...

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C. S. Lewis

Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of...

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C. S. Lewis

We are forbidden to neglect the assembling of ourselves together. Christianity is already institutional in the earliest of its documents. The Church is the Bride of Christ. We are members of one another.

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C. S. Lewis

The change which the writing wrought in me (and of which I did not write) was only a beginning; only to prepare me for the gods' surgery. They used my own pen to probe my wound.

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C. S. Lewis

The problem of reconciling human suffering with the existence of a God who loves, is only insoluble so long as we attach a trivial meaning to the word "love", and look on things as if man were the centre...

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C. S. Lewis

God has no needs. Human love, as Plato teaches us, is the child of Poverty – of want or lack; it is caused by a real or supposed goal in its beloved which the lover needs and desires. But God's love,...

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C. S. Lewis

We are afraid that Heaven is a bribe, and that if we make it our goal we shall no longer be disinterested. It is not so. Heaven offers nothing that the mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell the...

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C. S. Lewis

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching”...

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C. S. Lewis

When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.

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C. S. Lewis

Materialism is in fact no protection. Those who seek it in that hope (they are not a negligible class) will be disappointed. The thing you fear is impossible. Well and good. Can you therefore cease to...

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C. S. Lewis

I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been - if you've been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you - you...

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C. S. Lewis

But the most obvious fact about praise -- whether of God or anything -- strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honor. I had never noticed that all enjoyment...

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C. S. Lewis

My friendship you shall have, leanred Man," piped Reepicheep. "And any Dwarf--or Giant---in the army who does not give you good language shall have my sword to reckon with.

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C. S. Lewis

Good and evil increase at compound interest. That's why the little decisions we make every day are of infinite importance.

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C. S. Lewis

When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.

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C. S. Lewis

A man whose life has been transformed by Christ cannot help but have his worldview show through.

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C. S. Lewis

No man can be an exile if he remembers that all the world is one city.

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C. S. Lewis

Oh, I can see it happening, age after age, and growing worse the more you reveal your beauty: the son turning his back on the mother and the bride on her groom, stolen away by this everlasting calling,...

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C. S. Lewis

And in that far distant day when the gods become wholly beautiful, or we at last are shown how beautiful they always were, this will happen more and more. For mortals, as you said, will become more and...

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C. S. Lewis

When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including...

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C. S. Lewis

Welcome, Prince,' said Aslan. 'Do you feel yourself sufficient to take up the Kingship of Narnia?' I - I don't think I do, Sir,' said Caspian. 'I am only a kid.' Good,' said Aslan. 'If you had felt yourself...

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C. S. Lewis

Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.

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C. S. Lewis

I think we must fully face the fact that when Christianity does not make a man very much better, it makes him very much worse... Conversion may make of one who was, if no better, no worse than an animal,...

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C. S. Lewis

To be religious is to have one's attention fixed on God and on one's neighbour in relation to God.

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C. S. Lewis

A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered. You are speaking, Hmán, as if pleasure were one thing and the memory another. It is all one thing.

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C. S. Lewis

When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place [if we anticipate and look for it, rather than wallow in our 'supposed loss'. It can be helpful to think of the loss of...

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C. S. Lewis

Notice how we are perpetually surprised at Time. ('How time flies! Fancy John being grown-up and married! I can hardly believe it!') In heavens name, why? Unless, indeed, there is something in us which...

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C. S. Lewis

What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God's eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems...

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C. S. Lewis

I became my own only when I gave myself to Another.

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C. S. Lewis

No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.

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C. S. Lewis

Many things have gone wrong with the world that God made and... God insists, and insists very loudly, on our putting them right again

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C. S. Lewis

I think He made one law of that kind in order that there might be obedience. In all these other matters what you call obeying Him is but doing what seems good in your own eyes also. Is love content with...

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C. S. Lewis

And I say also this. I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes.

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C. S. Lewis

Badness is only spoiled goodness.

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C. S. Lewis

Men propound mathematical theorems in besieged cities, conduct metaphysical arguments in condemned cells, make jokes on the scaffold, discuss a new poem while advancing to the walls of Quebec, and comb...

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C. S. Lewis

I enjoyed my breakfast this morning, and I think that was a good thing and do not think it was condemned by God. But I do not think myself a good man for enjoying it.

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C. S. Lewis

Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind.

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C. S. Lewis

Temperance referred not abstaining, but going the right length and no further...of course it may be the duty of a particular Christian, or any Christian, at a particular time, to abstain from strong drink,...

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C. S. Lewis

We must perpetually try to distinguish, however closely they get entwined by the subtle nature of the facts and by the secret importunity of our passions, those attitudes in a writer which we can honestly...

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C. S. Lewis

It matters enormously if I alienate anyone from the truth.

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C. S. Lewis

Surely what a man does when he is taken off guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is. If there are rats in a cellar, you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness...

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C. S. Lewis

Not to be, but to seem, virtuous - it is a formula whose utility we all discovered in the nursery.

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C. S. Lewis

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal.... Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbor...

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C. S. Lewis

I will not be at the mercy of the telephone!

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C. S. Lewis

And he writhed inside at what seemed the cruelty and unfairness of the demand. He had not yet learned that if you do one good deed your reward usually is to do another and harder and better one.

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C. S. Lewis

Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that...

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C. S. Lewis

We were talking of DRAGONS, Tolkien and I In a Berkshire bar. The big workman Who had sat silent and sucked his pipe All the evening, from his empty mug With gleaming eye glanced towards us: "I seen 'em...

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C. S. Lewis

Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.

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C. S. Lewis

I am suffering incessant temptations to uncharitable thoughts at present; one of those black moods in which nearly all one's friends seem to be selfish or even false. And how terrible that there should...

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C. S. Lewis

Far overhead from beyond the veil of blue sky which hid them the stars sang again; a pure, cold, difficult music. Then there came a swift flash like fire (but it burnt nobody) either from the sky or from...

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C. S. Lewis

In justifying cruelty to animals we put ourselves also on the animal level. We choose the jungle and must abide by our choice.

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C. S. Lewis

For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.

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C. S. Lewis

They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their minds, yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out.

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C. S. Lewis

The first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb, when it comes, find us doing sensible and human things -- praying, working,...

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C. S. Lewis

You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.

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C. S. Lewis

Autumn is really the best of the seasons; and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life.

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C. S. Lewis

We only learn to behave ourselves in the presence of God.

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C. S. Lewis

It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men.

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C. S. Lewis

Your Majesty would have a perfect right to strike off his head," said Peridan. "Such an assault as he made puts him on a level with assassins." "It is very true," said Edmund. "But even a traitor may mend....

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C. S. Lewis

But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, "Courage, dear heart," and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.

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C. S. Lewis

Fools!" said the man, stamping his foot with rage. "That is the sort of talk that brought me here, and I'd better have been drowned or never born. Do you hear what I say? This is where dreams — dreams,...

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C. S. Lewis

The cross comes before the crown and tomorrow is a Monday morning!

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C. S. Lewis

The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.

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C. S. Lewis

Don't say it was "delightful"; make us say "delightful" when we've read the description.

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C. S. Lewis

The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance.

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C. S. Lewis

When He [God] talks of their losing their selves, He means only abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid,...

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C. S. Lewis

Each new power won by man is a power over man as well. Each advance leaves him weaker as well as stronger.

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C. S. Lewis

Each generation exercises power over its successors: and each, in so far as it modifies the environment bequeathed to it and rebels against tradition, resists and limits the power of its predecessors.

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C. S. Lewis

Whenever you find a man who says he does not believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later. He may break his promise to you, but if you try breaking one...

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C. S. Lewis

For a long time I used to think this a silly, straw-splitting distinction: how could you hate what a man did and not hate the man? But years later it occurred to me that there was one man to whom I had...

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C. S. Lewis

If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least, nothing whatever can be done before...

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C. S. Lewis

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth of falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are...

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C. S. Lewis

Bridge-players tell me that there must be some money on the game 'or else people won't take it seriously'. Apparently it's like that. Your bid - for God or no God, for a good God or the Cosmic Sadist,...

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C. S. Lewis

What do people mean when they say, 'I am not afraid of God because I know He is good'? Have they never even been to a dentist?

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C. S. Lewis

A clever arrangement of bad eggs will never make a good omelet.

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C. S. Lewis

Nothing will shake a man-or at any rate a man like me-out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring...

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C. S. Lewis

Unsatisfied desire is in itself more desirable than any other satisfaction.

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C. S. Lewis

A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on.

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C. S. Lewis

To be ignorant and simple now-not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground-would be to throw down our weapons and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against...

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C. S. Lewis

My own view is that the Churches should frankly recognise that the majority of the British people are not Christians and, therefore, cannot be expected to live Christian lives. There ought to be two distinct...

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C. S. Lewis

Theology is like a map. Merely learning and thinking about the Christian doctrines, if you stop there, is less real and less exciting than the sort of thing my friend got in the desert. Doctrines are not...

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C. S. Lewis

The world was made partly that there may be prayer; partly that our prayers might be answered.

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C. S. Lewis

Lucy said, 'We're so afraid of being sent away, Aslan. And you have sent us back into our own world so often.' 'No fear of that,' said Aslan. 'Have you not guessed?' Their hearts leapt, and a wild hope...

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C. S. Lewis

Until you have given up yourself to Him, you will not have a real self.

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C. S. Lewis

We have to be continually reminded of what we believe.

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C. S. Lewis

Naturally, since I myself am a writer, I do not wish the ordinary reader to read no modern books. But if he must read only the new or only the old, I would advise him to read the old.

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C. S. Lewis

God can show Himself as He really is only to real men. And that means not simply to men who are individually good, but to men who are united together in a body, loving one another, helping one another,...

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C. S. Lewis

How difficult it is to avoid having a special standard for oneself.

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C. S. Lewis

I am often, I believe, praying for others when I should be doing things for them. It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see him.

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C. S. Lewis

We may note in passing that He (Jesus) was never regarded as a mere moral teacher. He did not produce that effect on any of the people who actually met Him. He produced mainly three effects - Hatred -...

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C. S. Lewis

The knight is a man of blood and iron, a man familiar with the sight of smashed faces and the ragged stumps of lopped-off limbs; he is also a demure, almost a maidenlike, guest in hall, a gentle, modest,...

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C. S. Lewis

The great thing is to be found at one's post as a child of God, living each day as though it were our last, but planning as though the world might last a hundred years.

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C. S. Lewis

True humility is more like self-forgetfulness than false modesty.

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C. S. Lewis

Pain is God's megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

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C. S. Lewis

He (God) loved us not because we are lovable, but because He is love.

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C. S. Lewis

God, in the end, gives people what they most want, including freedom from himself. What could be more fair?

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C. S. Lewis

A little lie is like a little pregnancy it doesn't take long before everyone knows.

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C. S. Lewis

The claim to equality, outside of the strictly political field, is made only by those who feel themselves to be in some way inferior.

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C. S. Lewis

At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says.

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C. S. Lewis

You can't see anything properly while your eyes are blurred with tears.

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C. S. Lewis

I have seen landscapes . . . which, under a particular light, make me feel that at any moment a giant might raise his head over the next ridge.

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C. S. Lewis

At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we...

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C. S. Lewis

this is a book about something

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C. S. Lewis

Satan always sends error into the world in pairs that are opposites. His great hope is that you will get so upset about one of his errors, that you'll react into the opposite one, and he's got you.

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C. S. Lewis

It takes courage to live through suffering; and it takes honesty to observe it.

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C. S. Lewis

I am only trying to call attention to a fact; the fact that this year, of this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practice ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people.

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C. S. Lewis

I believe, to be sure, that any man who reaches Heaven will find that what he abandoned (even in plucking out his right eye) has not been lost: that the kernel of what he was really seeking even in his...

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C. S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be...

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C. S. Lewis

Either the day must come when joy prevails and all the makers of misery are no longer able to infect it, or else, for ever and ever, the makers of misery can destroy in others the happiness they reject...

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C. S. Lewis

Suppose... suppose we have only dreamed and made up these things like sun, sky, stars, and moon, and Aslan himself. In that case, it seems to me that the made-up things are a good deal better than the...

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C. S. Lewis

Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else. (Notice this means that if you are interested only in writing you will never be a writer, because...

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C. S. Lewis

Humility, after the first shock, is cheerful virtue.

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C. S. Lewis

Don't think of God in terms of forms, because forms are limited and God is unlimited.

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C. S. Lewis

A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village; the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract...

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C. S. Lewis

God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. He is our only possible ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies. Some people...

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C. S. Lewis

The fact that our heart yearns for something Earth can't supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.

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C. S. Lewis

Devils are depicted with bats' wings and good angels with birds' wings, not because anyone holds that moral deterioration would be likely to turn feathers into membrane, but because most men like birds...

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C. S. Lewis

If we only have the will to walk, then God is pleased with our stumbles.

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C. S. Lewis

All day I have been tossed and whirled in a preposterous happiness; was it an elf in the blood? Or a bird in the brain? Or even part of the cloudily crested, fifty-league-long, loud, uplifted wave of a...

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C. S. Lewis

A myth is a lie that conveys a truth.

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C. S. Lewis

Every joy is beyond all others.

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C. S. Lewis

Death opens a door out of a little, dark room (that's all the life we have known before it) into a great, real place where the true sun shines and we shall meet.

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C. S. Lewis

In the same way a Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble--because the Christ-life is inside him, repairing...

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C. S. Lewis

When you invite a middle-aged moralist to address you, I suppose I must conclude that you have a taste for middle-aged moralizing.

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C. S. Lewis

Once you were a child. Once you knew what inquiry was for. There was a time when you asked questions because you wanted answers, and were glad when you had found them. Become a child again, even now......

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C. S. Lewis

Every disability conceals a vocation, if only we can find it, which will 'turn the necessity to glorious gain.

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C. S. Lewis

Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life. If I had to give a piece of advice to a young man about a place to live, I think I should say, 'sacrifice...

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C. S. Lewis

Anger is the fluid love bleeds when cut.

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C. S. Lewis

We want not so much a Father but a grandfather in heaven, a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, 'What does it matter so long as they are contented?

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C. S. Lewis

Your patient has become humble; have you drawn his attention to the fact? All virtues are less formidable to us once the man is aware that he has them, but this is specially true of humility.

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C. S. Lewis

Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s (God’s) ground…He [God] made the pleasure: all our research...

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C. S. Lewis

Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against Christianity. They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can’t touch and see.

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C. S. Lewis

The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility...According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride....

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C. S. Lewis

The Christians are right: it is Pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began.

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C. S. Lewis

I'm hunger. I'm thirst. Where I bite, I hold till I die, and even after death they must cut out my mouthful from my enemy's body and bury it with me. I can fast a hundred years and not die. I can lie a...

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C. S. Lewis

Repentance is not something God demands of you before He will take you back and which He could let you off if He chose; it is simply a description of what going back is like.

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C. S. Lewis

In your life you meet people. Some you never think about again. Some, you wonder what happened to them. There are some that you wonder if they ever think about you. And then there are some that you wish...

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C. S. Lewis

I felt in my bones that this universe does not explain itself.

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C. S. Lewis

You never know what you can do until you try, and very few try unless they have to.

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C. S. Lewis

Watchin' and listenin' is the thing at present; not talking.

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C. S. Lewis

Novelty may fix our attention not even on the service but on the celebrant. You know what I mean. Try as one may to exclude it, the question "What on earth is he up to now?" will intrude. It lays one's...

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C. S. Lewis

Humanity does not pass through phases as a train passes through stations: being alive, it has the privilege of always moving yet never leaving anything behind. Whatever we have been, in some sort we are...

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C. S. Lewis

For most of us the prayer in Gethsemane is the only model. Removing mountains can wait.

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C. S. Lewis

Our struggle is--isn't it?--to achieve and retain faith on a lower level. To believe that there is a Listener at all. For as the situation grows more and more desperate, the grisly fears intrude. Are we...

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C. S. Lewis

This act [creation], as it is for God, must always remain totally inconceivable to man. For we--even our poets and musicians and inventors--never, in the ultimate sense make. We only build. We always have...

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C. S. Lewis

I hope I do not offend God by making my Communions in the frame of mind I have been describing. The command, after all, was Take, eat: not Take, understand.

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C. S. Lewis

My own eyes are not enough for me...I will see through the eyes of others. Reality, even seen through the eyes of many is not enough...I will see what others have invented. Even the eyes of all humanity...

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C. S. Lewis

The world does not consist of 100 percent Christians and 100 percent non-Christians. There are people (a great many of them) who are slowly ceasing to be Christians but who still call themselves by that...

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C. S. Lewis

The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self--all your wishes and precautions--to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we...

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C. S. Lewis

Remember, we Christians think man lives for ever. Therefore, what really matters is those little marks or twists on the central, inside part of the soul which are going to turn it, in the long run, into...

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C. S. Lewis

Meaningless combinations of words do not suddenly acquire meaning simply because we prefix to them the two other words ' God can'.

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C. S. Lewis

Periods' are largely an invention of the historians. The poets themselves are not conscious of living in any period and refuse to conform to the scheme.

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C. S. Lewis

A tyrannous and gluttonous demand for affection can be a horrible thing. But in ordinary life no one calls a child selfish because it turns for comfort to its mother; nor an adult who turns to his fellow...

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C. S. Lewis

God is love, and that love works through men-especially through the whole community of Christians.

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C. S. Lewis

The sin both of men and of angels, was rendered possible by the fact that God gave us free will.

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C. S. Lewis

Are the gods not just?' 'Oh no, child. What would become us us if they were?

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C. S. Lewis

Read and Re-Read--"Re-reading, we always find a new book.

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C. S. Lewis

Do not look sad. We shall meet soon again." "Please, Aslan", said Lucy,"what do you call soon?" "I call all times soon" said Aslan; and instantly he was vanished away.

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C. S. Lewis

Adventures are never fun while you're having them.

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C. S. Lewis

It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant...

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C. S. Lewis

[the difference between the old and the new education being] in a word, the old was a kind of propagation-men transmitting manhood to men; the new is merely propaganda.

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C. S. Lewis

‎"Don't bother too much about your feelings. When they are humble, loving, brave, give thanks for them; when they are conceited, selfish, cowardly, ask to have them altered. In neither case are they...

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C. S. Lewis

Mercy detached from justice grows unmerciful.

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C. S. Lewis

If you live for the next world, you get this one in the deal; but if you live only for this world, you lose them both.

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C. S. Lewis

War creates no absolutely new situation: it simply aggravates the permanent human situation so that we can no longer ignore it. Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice.

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C. S. Lewis

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.

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C. S. Lewis

A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world-and might be even more difficult...

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C. S. Lewis

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.

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C. S. Lewis

For in grief nothing "stays put." One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral? But if a spiral,...

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C. S. Lewis

My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself.

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C. S. Lewis

Oh God, God, why did you take such trouble to force this creature out of its shell if it is now doomed to crawl back -- to be sucked back -- into it?

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C. S. Lewis

Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything. But no, that is not quite accurate. There is one place where her absence comes locally home to me, and it is a place I can't avoid. I mean my own body....

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C. S. Lewis

I have discovered, passionate grief does not link us with the dead but cuts us off from them. This becomes clearer and clearer. It is just at those moments when I feel least sorrow - getting into my morning...

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C. S. Lewis

I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside.

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C. S. Lewis

We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another...

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C. S. Lewis

Perhaps your own reiterated cries deafen you to the voice you hoped to hear

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C. S. Lewis

You ask whether I have ever been in love: fool as I am, I am not such a fool as that. But if one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business. But though I have...

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C. S. Lewis

Men became scientific because they expected Law in Nature, and they expected Law in Nature because they believed in a Law Giver.

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C. S. Lewis

We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. No belief will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed.

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C. S. Lewis

Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues.

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C. S. Lewis

The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous...

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C. S. Lewis

If we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell.

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C. S. Lewis

Now that I am a Christian I do have moods in which the whole thing looks improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.

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C. S. Lewis

One of the things that distinguishes man from the other animals is that he wants to know things, wants to find out what reality is like, simply for the sake of knowing. When that desire is completely quenched...

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C. S. Lewis

You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired...

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C. S. Lewis

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the...

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C. S. Lewis

The worst attitude of all would be the professional attitude which regards children in the lump as a sort of raw material which we have to handle.

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C. S. Lewis

We want, in fact, not so much a father in heaven as a grandfather in heaven: a senile benevolence who, as they say, "liked to see young people enjoying themselves" and whose plan for the universe was simply...

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C. S. Lewis

Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon's lair, but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains,...

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C. S. Lewis

When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy.

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C. S. Lewis

when pain is to be born, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than much courage, and the least tincture of the love of God more than all.

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C. S. Lewis

The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ.

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C. S. Lewis

But I remember more dearly autumn afternoons in bottoms that lay intensely silent under old great trees

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C. S. Lewis

The very lack of evidence is thus treated as evidence; the absence of smoke proves that the fire is very carefully hidden...A belief in invisible cats cannot be logically disproved although it does tell...

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C. S. Lewis

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal.

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C. S. Lewis

The Glory of God, and, as our only means of glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.

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C. S. Lewis

Total war is the most humane in the long run.

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C. S. Lewis

When you have reached your own room, be kind to those Who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall.

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C. S. Lewis

Our experience is coloured through and through by books and plays and the cinema, and it takes patience and skill to disentangle the things we have really learned from life for ourselves.

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C. S. Lewis

Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.

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C. S. Lewis

Whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want

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C. S. Lewis

As for all I can tell, the only difference is that what many see we call a real thing, and what only one sees we call a dream.

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C. S. Lewis

Till that word can be dug out of us, why should they hear the babble that we think we mean? How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?

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C. S. Lewis

It is hard to have patience with people who say, ‘There is no death’ or ‘Death doesn’t matter.’ There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they...

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C. S. Lewis

Your real, new self (which is Christ's and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him.

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C. S. Lewis

They were pretty tired by now of course; but not what I’d call bitterly tired – only slow and feeling very dreamy and tired as one does when one is coming to the end of a long day in the open.

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C. S. Lewis

And in truth (as I now see) I had the wish to put off my journey as long as I could. Not for any peril or labour it might cost; but because I could see nothing in the whole world for me to do once it was...

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C. S. Lewis

The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.

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C. S. Lewis

History is a story written by the finger of God.

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C. S. Lewis

Every story of conversion is the story of a blessed defeat.

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C. S. Lewis

Slowly, quietly, like snow-flakes—like the small flakes that come when it is going to snow all night —little flakes of me, my impressions, my selections, are settling down on the image of her. The...

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C. S. Lewis

The grave and the image are equally links with the irrecoverable and symbols for the unimaginable.

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C. S. Lewis

Put first things first and second things are thrown in. Put second things first and you lose both first and second things.

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C. S. Lewis

To love you as I should, I must worship God as Creator. When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love...

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C. S. Lewis

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations--these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.

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C. S. Lewis

Those who would most scornfully repudiate Christianity as a mere "opiate of the people" have a contempt for the rich, that is, for all mankind except the poor.

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C. S. Lewis

If naturalism were true then all thoughts whatever would be wholly the result of irrational causes. It cuts its own throat.

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C. S. Lewis

Unless thought is valid we have no reason to believe in the real universe.

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C. S. Lewis

A universe whose only claim to be believed in rests on the validity of inference must not start telling us the inference is invalid.

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C. S. Lewis

An author should never conceive himself as bringing into existence beauty or wisdom which did not exist before, but simply and solely as trying to embody in terms of his own art some reflection of eternal...

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C. S. Lewis

Really, a young Atheist cannot guard his faith too carefully. Dangers lie in wait for him on every side.

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C. S. Lewis

I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.

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C. S. Lewis

Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist.

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C. S. Lewis

A creature revolting against a creator is revolting against the source of his own powers-including even his power to revolt...It is like the scent of a flower trying to destroy the flower.

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C. S. Lewis

We must sometimes get away from the Authorized Version, if for no other reason, simply because it is so beautiful and so solemn. Beauty exalts, but beauty also lulls. Early associations endear, but they...

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C. S. Lewis

The value of the Old Testament may be dependant on what seems its imperfection. It may repel one use in order that we may be forced to use it in another way-to find the Word in it...to re-live, while we...

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C. S. Lewis

The human qualities of the raw materials show through. Naivety, error, contradiction, even (as in the cursing Psalms) wickedness are not removed. The total result is not "the Word of God" in the sense...

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C. S. Lewis

Most of us are not really approaching the subject in order to find out what Christianity says; we are approaching it in the hope of finding support from Christianity for the views of our own party.

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C. S. Lewis

If only this toothache would go away, I could write another chapter on the problem of pain.

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C. S. Lewis

I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press...

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C. S. Lewis

Holiness is irresistible. If even 10% of the world's population had it the whole world would be converted and happy before the year's end.

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C. S. Lewis

It means that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still that she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of Time. But if she could have looked a little further...

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C. S. Lewis

The distinction between pretending you are better than you are and beginning to be better in reality is finer than moral sleuth hounds conceive.

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C. S. Lewis

You and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness.

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C. S. Lewis

There is no good trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think...

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C. S. Lewis

The Eternal Being, who knows everything and who created the whole universe, became not only a man but (before that) a baby, and before that a fetus in a woman's body.

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C. S. Lewis

The Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.

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C. S. Lewis

We were made to be neither cerebral men nor visceral men, but Men. Not beasts nor angels but Men - things at once rational and animal.

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C. S. Lewis

No natural feelings are high or low, holy or unholy, in themselves. They are all holy when God's hand is on the rein. They all go bad when they set up on their own and make themselves into false gods.

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C. S. Lewis

I have been trying to make the reader believe that we actually are, at present, creatures whose character must be, in some respects, a horror to God, as it is, when we really see it, a horror to ourselves....

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C. S. Lewis

Humour is...the all-consoling and...the all-excusing, grace of life.

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C. S. Lewis

Do you mean to say," asked Caspian, "that you three come from a round world (round like a ball) and you've never told me! It's really too bad for you. Because we have fairy-tales in which there are round...

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C. S. Lewis

Those who are enjoying something, or suffering something, together, are companions. Those who enjoy or suffer one another, are not.

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C. S. Lewis

Dyson and Tolkien were the immediate human causes of my conversion. Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?

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C. S. Lewis

It is a happy moment when our desire crosses with the will of Heavenly Father.

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C. S. Lewis

Nothing, not even the best and noblest, can go on as it now is. Nothing, not even what is lowest and most bestial, will not be raised again if it submits to death. It is sown a natural body, it is raised...

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C. S. Lewis

We are told that Christ was killed for us, that His death has washed out our sins, and that by dying He disabled death itself. That is the formula. That is Christianity. That is what has to be believed.

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C. S. Lewis

I could never have gone far in any science because on the path of every science the lion Mathematics lies in wait for you.

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C. S. Lewis

Am I lost or just less found?

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C. S. Lewis

The hills and valleys of Heaven will be to those you now experience not as a copy is to an original, nor as the substitute is to the genuine article, but as the flower to the root, or the diamond to the...

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C. S. Lewis

To enter heaven is to become more human than you ever succeeded in being on earth; to enter hell is to be banished from humanity. What is cast (or casts itself) into hell is not a man: it is 'remains.'

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C. S. Lewis

In worship, God imparts himself to us.

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C. S. Lewis

Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and...

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C. S. Lewis

I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc, is...

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C. S. Lewis

For they (art and music) are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.

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C. S. Lewis

And so for a time it looked as if all the adventures were coming to and end; but that was not to be.

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C. S. Lewis

Imagine yourself as a living house.

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C. S. Lewis

I am a product [...of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them.... I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks...

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C. S. Lewis

Poetry most often communicates emotions, not directly, but by creating imaginatively the grounds for those emotions. It therefore communicates something more than the emotion; only by means of that something...

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C. S. Lewis

When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.

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C. S. Lewis

God gives His gifts where He finds the vessel empty enough to receive them.

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C. S. Lewis

You all know," said the Guide, "that security is mortals' greatest enemy.

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C. S. Lewis

It's not a question of God 'sending' us to Hell. In each of us there is something growing up which will of itself be Hell unless it is nipped in the bud.

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C. S. Lewis

The next moment is as much beyond our grasp, and as much in God's care, as that a hundred years away. Care for the next minute is as foolish as care for a day in the next thousand years. In neither can...

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C. S. Lewis

the Divine Nature wounds and perhaps destroys us merely by being what it is.

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C. S. Lewis

It may well be that by trickery of priests men have sometimes taken a mortal's voice for a god's. But it will not work the other way. No one who hears a god's voice takes it for a man's.

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C. S. Lewis

And for all I can tell, the only difference is that what many see we call a real thing, and what only one sees we call a dream. But things that many see may have no taste or moment in them at all, and...

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C. S. Lewis

What began the change was the very writing itself. Let no one lightly set about such a work. Memory, once waked, will play the tyrant.

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C. S. Lewis

A sign of a culture that has lost its faith - Moral collapse follows upon spiritual collapse.

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C. S. Lewis

Ink is the great cure for all human ills.

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C. S. Lewis

To have Faith in Christ means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice.

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C. S. Lewis

It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.

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C. S. Lewis

By repenting, one acknowledges them as sins-therefore not to be repeated.

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C. S. Lewis

The more we get what we now call 'ourselves' out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become.

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C. S. Lewis

Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one.

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C. S. Lewis

I felt ashamed." "But of what? Psyche, they hadn't stripped you naked or anything?" "No, no, Maia. Ashamed of looking like a mortal -- of being a mortal." "But how could you help that?" "Don't you think...

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C. S. Lewis

The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.

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C. S. Lewis

I#pray because the need flows out of me all the time-walking and sleeping. It does not change #‎ God - it changes me.

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C. S. Lewis

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains.

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C. S. Lewis

Every natural love will rise again and live forever in this country: but none will rise again until it has been buried.

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C. S. Lewis

The false religion of lust is baser than the false religion of mother-love or patriotism or art: but lust is less likely to be made into a religion.

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C. S. Lewis

No one can teach riding so well as a horse.

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C. S. Lewis

We shall draw nearer to God, not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in all loves, but by accepting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armour. If our hearts need to be broken,...

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C. S. Lewis

You ask ‘for what’ God wants you. Isn’t the primary answer that He wants you. We’re not told that the lost sheep was sought out for anything except itself [Matthew 18:12-14; Luke 15:3-7]. Of course,...

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C. S. Lewis

Sainthood lies in the habit of referring the smallest actions to God.

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C. S. Lewis

God doesn't want something from us. He simply wants us.

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C. S. Lewis

Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.

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C. S. Lewis

Friendship (as the ancients saw) can be a school of virtue, but also (as they did not see) a school of vice. It is ambivalent. It makes good men better and bad men worse.

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C. S. Lewis

Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

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C. S. Lewis

To the Ancients, Friendship seemed the happiest and most fully human of all loves... The modern world in comparison, ignores it.

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C. S. Lewis

As long as he doesn't convert it into action, it does not matter how much a man thinks about his repentance.

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C. S. Lewis

Obedience is the key that opens every door.

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C. S. Lewis

Christ says, 'Give me all. I don't want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You.'

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C. S. Lewis

Fine feelings, new insights, greater interest in ʿreligionʾ mean nothing unless they make our actual behavior better...

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C. S. Lewis

Everything that is not eternal is worthless in eternity.

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C. S. Lewis

Because God created the Natural - invented it out of His love and artistry - it demands our reverence.

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C. S. Lewis

A Christian is not someone who never goes wrong, but one who is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin again, because the Christ-life is inside him.

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C. S. Lewis

Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows. But will you come?

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C. S. Lewis

The unhistorical are usually, without knowing it, enslaved to a fairly recent past.

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C. S. Lewis

He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of Life He has - by what I call 'good infection'. Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming...

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C. S. Lewis

When we are such as He can love without impediment, we shall in fact be happy.

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C. S. Lewis

The more pride we have, the more other people’s pride irritates us

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C. S. Lewis

We long for more and God's promise is that there is more awaiting us. More to delight us than we will ever exhaust.

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C. S. Lewis

Friendship is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.

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C. S. Lewis

A Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent.

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C. S. Lewis

We are not merely imperfect creatures who must be improved; we are rebels who must lay down our arms.

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C. S. Lewis

Love is unselfishly choosing for another's highest good.

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C. S. Lewis

We must get over wanting to be needed-this is the hardest of all temptations to resist

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C. S. Lewis

If you haven't met Satan recently, you are probably going his way!

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C. S. Lewis

God loves us NOT because we're lovable, because He is love. Not because He needs to receive, because He delights to give.

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C. S. Lewis

And now, what does it all matter? It matters more than anything else in the world. The whole dance, or drama, or pattern of this three-Personal life is to be played out in each one of us: or (putting it...

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C. S. Lewis

When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love them.

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C. S. Lewis

Prayer does not change God; it changes me.

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C. S. Lewis

When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find...

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C. S. Lewis

Human beings judge one another by their external actions. God judges them by their moral choices.

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C. S. Lewis

You must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best

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C. S. Lewis

The process of growing up is to be valued for what we gain, not for what we lose.

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C. S. Lewis

The old field of space, time, matter, and the senses is to be weeded, dug, and sown for a new crop. We may be tired of that old field: God is not.

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C. S. Lewis

We were made not primarily that we may love God, but that God may love us.

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C. S. Lewis

If Christianity was something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not.

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C. S. Lewis

The longest way round is the shortest way home

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C. S. Lewis

If they won't write the kind of books we like to read we shall have to write them ourselves.

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C. S. Lewis

Don't judge a man by where he is, because you don't know how far he has come.

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C. S. Lewis

God is basic Fact. He must not be thought of as a featureless generality. He is the most concrete thing there is.

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C. S. Lewis

Think of me as a fellow patient in the same hospital who, having been admitted a little earlier could give some advice.

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C. S. Lewis

My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.

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C. S. Lewis

A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.

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C. S. Lewis

A noble hunger, long unsatisfied, met at last its proper food.

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C. S. Lewis

There seems no plan because it is all plan.

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C. S. Lewis

The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth-- the very thing the whole story has been about.

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C. S. Lewis

It's like the sound of a chuckle in the darkness. The sense that some shattering and disarming simplicity is the real answer.

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C. S. Lewis

If the Church is not Making Disciples, then all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible, are a waste of time.

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C. S. Lewis

When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world

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C. S. Lewis

If God had granted all the silly prayers I've made in my life, where should I be now?

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C. S. Lewis

The lost enjoy forever the horrible freedom they have demanded.

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C. S. Lewis

What does not satisfy when we find it, was not the thing we were desiring.

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C. S. Lewis

Our Heavenly Father has provided many delightful inns for us along our journey, but he takes great care to see that we do not mistake any of them for home.

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C. S. Lewis

If Christianity is only one more bit of good advice, then Christianity is of no importance.

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C. S. Lewis

I need Christ, not something that resembles Him.

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C. S. Lewis

We are finite and God will not call us everywhere or to support every worthy cause. And real needs are not far from us.

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C. S. Lewis

To love you as I should, I must worship God as Creator.

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C. S. Lewis

Selfishness has never been admired.

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C. S. Lewis

Obedience is the road to freedom, humility the road to pleasure, unity the road to personality.

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C. S. Lewis

The enemy will not see you vanish into God's company without an effort to reclaim you.

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C. S. Lewis

When you are not feeling particularly friendly but know you ought to be, the best thing you can do, very often, is to put on a friendly manner and behave as if you were a nicer person than you actually...

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C. S. Lewis

That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal sufferring, "No future bliss can make up for it" not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into...

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C. S. Lewis

The very man who has argued you down, will sometimes be found, years later, to have been influenced by what you said

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C. S. Lewis

The most dangerous ideas in a society are not the ones being argued, but the ones that are assumed.

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C. S. Lewis

I am sure that God keeps no one waiting unless he sees that it is good for him to wait.

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C. S. Lewis

Love is never wasted, for its value does not rest upon reciprocity.

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C. S. Lewis

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it.

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C. S. Lewis

The only people who hate escapism are jailers.

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C. S. Lewis

The good man's past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven.

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C. S. Lewis

Christ offers something for nothing: He even offers everything for nothing.

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C. S. Lewis

A man who first tried to guess 'what the public wants,' and then preached that as Christianity because the public wants it, would be a pretty mixture of fool and knave

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C. S. Lewis

Believe in God like you believe in the sunrise. Not because you can see it, but because you can see all it touches.

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C. S. Lewis

Love as distinct from “being in love” is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit...

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C. S. Lewis

Did I hate him, then? Indeed, I believe so. A love like that can grow to be nine-tenths hatred and still call itself love.

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C. S. Lewis

Many things, such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly - are done worst when we try hardest to do them.

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C. S. Lewis

Through pride the devil became the devil. Pride leads to every vice, it's the complete anti-God state of mind.

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C. S. Lewis

Every contact you make with everyone you meet will help them or hinder them on their journey to heaven.

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C. S. Lewis

If we discover a desire within us that nothing in this world can satisfy, also we should begin to wonder if perhaps we were created for another world.

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C. S. Lewis

According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride.

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C. S. Lewis

We all appear as dunces when feigning an interest in things we care nothing about.

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C. S. Lewis

Autumn is really the best of the seasons

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C. S. Lewis

It is important early in life to acquire the power of reading sense wherever you happen to be.

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C. S. Lewis

Nothing is more characteristically juvenile than contempt for juvenility. . . youth's characteristic chronological snobbery.

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C. S. Lewis

There seems to be hardly any one among my acquaintance from whom I have not learned.

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C. S. Lewis

Love...is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriages) the grace which both partners ask, and receive,...

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C. S. Lewis

A man's physical hunger does not prove that man will get any bread; he may die of starvation on a raft in the Atlantic. But surely a man's hunger does prove that he comes of a race which repairs its body...

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C. S. Lewis

Either Jesus is the Son of God ; or a madman or worse. But His being just a great teacher? He's not left that open to us.

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C. S. Lewis

Something deep in the human heart breaks at the thought of a life of mediocrity.

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C. S. Lewis

Before we can be cured we must want to be cured. Those who really wish for help will get it; but for many modern people even the wish is difficult.

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C. S. Lewis

If conversion makes no improvements in a man's outward actions then I think his 'conversion' was largely imaginary.

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C. S. Lewis

Before we can be cured, we must want to be cured.

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C. S. Lewis

If anyone would like to acquire humility, the first step is to realize one is proud. Nothing can be done before it.

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C. S. Lewis

You cannot make men good by law.

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C. S. Lewis

Tea should be taken in solitude.

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C. S. Lewis

Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even agony into a glory

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C. S. Lewis

If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also...

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C. S. Lewis

If there ever was a time that nothing existed, then nothing would exist now

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C. S. Lewis

But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination...

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C. S. Lewis

Man must endure his going hence.

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C. S. Lewis

Christ says, 'Give me all. I don't want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want you....Hand over the whole natural self, all the desires which you think innocent...

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C. S. Lewis

The devil loves 'curing' a small fault by giving you a great one.

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C. S. Lewis

We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it.

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C. S. Lewis

When we are wholly His we will be more ourselves than ever.

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C. S. Lewis

We shall not be well so long as we love and admire anything more than we love and admire God.

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C. S. Lewis

Why should your heart not dance?

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C. S. Lewis

Power to translate is the test of having really understood one's own meaning.

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C. S. Lewis

Pain plants the flag of truth within a rebel fortress.

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C. S. Lewis

The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys.

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C. S. Lewis

Wherever any precept of traditional morality is simply challenged to produce its credentials, as though the burden of proof lay on it, we have taken the wrong position.

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C. S. Lewis

Morality or duty never yet made a man happy in himself or dear to others.

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C. S. Lewis

There is nothing indulgent about the Moral Law. It is as hard as nails. If God is like the Moral Law, then He is not soft.

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C. S. Lewis

Morality, like numinous awe, is a jump; in it, man goes beyond anything that can be 'given' in the facts of experience.

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C. S. Lewis

You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage but He is building a palace. He intends to come & live in it Himself

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C. S. Lewis

All men alike stand condemned, not by alien codes of ethics, but by their own, and all men therefore are conscious of guilt.

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C. S. Lewis

One can regard the moral law as an illusion, and so cut himself off from the common ground of humanity.

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C. S. Lewis

The standard that measures two things is something different from either. You are, in fact, comparing them both with some Real Morality, admitting that there is such a thing as a real Right, independent...

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C. S. Lewis

In reality, moral rules are directions for running the human machine. Every moral rule is there to prevent a breakdown, or a strain, or a friction, in the running of that machine. That is why these rules...

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C. S. Lewis

Really great moral teachers never do introduce new moralities: it is quacks and cranks who do that.

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C. S. Lewis

The full acting out of the self's surrender to God therefore demands pain: this action, to be perfect, must be done from the pure will to obey, in the absence, or in the teeth, of inclination

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C. S. Lewis

Chronological snobbery is the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age and the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited. You must find...

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C. S. Lewis

The central Christian belief is that Christ's death has somehow put us right with God and given us a fresh start.

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C. S. Lewis

The promise, made when I am in love, to be true to the beloved as long as I live, commits me to being true even if I cease to be in love.

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C. S. Lewis

One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting everyone else to give it up.

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C. S. Lewis

Every day in a life fills the whole life with expectations and memory.

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C. S. Lewis

Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again.

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C. S. Lewis

Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.

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C. S. Lewis

We have failed to practise ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people.

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C. S. Lewis

Once in our world, a Stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.

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C. S. Lewis

As to...old composers like Schubert or Beethoven, I imagine that, while modern music expresses both feeling, thought and imagination, they expressed pure feeling. And you know all day sitting at work,...

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C. S. Lewis

It's all love or sex these days. Friendship is almost as quaint and outdated a notion as chastity. Soon friends will be like the elves and the pixies - fabulous mythical creatures from a distant past....

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C. S. Lewis

The real trouble is that 'kindness' is a quality fatally easy to attribute to ourselves on quite inadequate grounds. Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment. Thus...

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C. S. Lewis

Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.

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C. S. Lewis

Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it.

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C. S. Lewis

All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it, tantalizing glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if it should...

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C. S. Lewis

In our world," said Eustace, "a star is a huge ball of flaming gas." Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is, but only what it is made of.

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C. S. Lewis

I haven't any language weak enough to depict the weakness of my spiritual life. If I weakened it enough it would cease to be language at all. As when you try to turn the gas-ring a little lower still,...

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C. S. Lewis

The value given to the testimony of any feeling must depend on our whole philosophy, not our whole philosophy on a feeling.

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C. S. Lewis

Is it easy to love God' asks an old author. 'It is easy,' he replies, 'to those who do it.' I have included two Graces under the word Charity. But God can give a third. He can awake in man, towards Himself,...

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C. S. Lewis

If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement...

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C. S. Lewis

We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, Blessed are they that morn.

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C. S. Lewis

There was nothing medieval people liked better, or did better, than sorting out and tidying up. Of all our modern inventions I suspect that they would most have admired the card index.

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C. S. Lewis

If they embark on this course the difference between the old and the new education will be an important one. Where the old initiated, the new merely 'conditions'. The old dealt with its pupils as grown...

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C. S. Lewis

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.

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C. S. Lewis

And there’s also ‘To him that hath shall be given.’ After all, you must have a capacity to receive, or even omnipotence can’t give. Perhaps your own passion temporarily destroys the capacity.

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C. S. Lewis

And above all, you must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best by its paint and panelling…the question should never be: ‘Do I like that kind of service?’ but ‘Are these...

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C. S. Lewis

If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.

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C. S. Lewis

I have received no assurance that anything we can do will eradicate suffering. I think the best results are obtained by people who work quietly away at limited objectives, such as the abolition of the...

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C. S. Lewis

There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are...

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C. S. Lewis

A concentrated mind and a sitting body make for better prayer than a kneeling body and a mind half asleep.

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C. S. Lewis

This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!

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C. S. Lewis

Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?

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C. S. Lewis

A perfect man would never act from a sense of duty; he’d always want the right thing more than the wrong one. Duty is only a substitute for love (of God and of other people) like a crutch which is a...

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C. S. Lewis

Mere change is not growth. Growth is the synthesis of change and continuity, and where there is no continuity there is no growth.

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C. S. Lewis

You must make your choice: either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall...

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C. S. Lewis

Man approaches God most nearly when he is in one sense least like God. For what can be more unlike than fullness and need, sovereignty and humility, righteousness and penitence, limitless power and a cry...

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C. S. Lewis

All I am in private life is a literary critic and historian, that's my job...And I'm prepared to say on that basis if anyone thinks the Gospels are either legends or novels, then that person is simply...

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C. S. Lewis

Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment.

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C. S. Lewis

Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.

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C. S. Lewis

The only moral that is of any value is that which arises inevitably from the whole cast of the author's mind.

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C. S. Lewis

You must ask for God's help. Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given. Never mind. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick...

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C. S. Lewis

And there, right in the middle of it, I find 'Forgive us our sins as we forgive those that sin against us.' There is no slightest suggestion that we are offered forgiveness on any other terms. It is made...

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C. S. Lewis

Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point...

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C. S. Lewis

Do not by any means destroy yourself, for if you live you may yet have good fortune, but all the dead are dead like.

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C. S. Lewis

I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state, but a process. It needs not a map, but a history, and if I don't stop writing that history at some...

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C. S. Lewis

There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human's mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen...

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C. S. Lewis

An almost perfect relationship with his father was the earthly root of all his wisdom. From his own father, he said, he first learned that Fatherhood must be at the core of the universe. [speaking of George...

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C. S. Lewis

Something of God... flows into us from the blue of the sky, the taste of honey, the delicious embrace of water whether cold or hot, and even from sleep itself.

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C. S. Lewis

Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to believe in a certain way, and can't really get rid of it.

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C. S. Lewis

We do not want merely to see beauty... we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to...

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C. S. Lewis

All joy... emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.

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C. S. Lewis

A man can't be always defending the truth; there must be a time to feed on it.

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C. S. Lewis

...here also forgiving does not mean excusing. Many people seem to think it does. They think that if you ask them to forgive someone who has cheated or bullied them you are trying to make out that there...

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C. S. Lewis

If conversion to Christianity makes no improvement in a man's outward actions – if he continues to be just a snobbish or spiteful or envious or ambitious as he was before – then I think we must suspect...

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C. S. Lewis

But if you are a poor creature--poisoned by a wretched up-bringing in some house full of vulgar jealousies and senseless quarrels--saddled, by no choice of your own, with some loathsome sexual perversion--nagged...

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C. S. Lewis

We read to know we are not alone.

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C. S. Lewis

I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.

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C. S. Lewis

The command "Be ye prfect" is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He said (in the Bible) that we were "gods" and he is going to make good his words. He will make us into a god...

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C. S. Lewis

You can’t go on “seeing through” things forever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. To “see through” all things is the same as not to see.

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C. S. Lewis

Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.

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C. S. Lewis

The proper good of a creature is to surrender itself to its Creator—to enact intellectually, volitionally, and emotionally, that relationship which is given in the mere fact of its being a creature....

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C. S. Lewis

Gone! And you and I quite crestfallen. It’s always like that, you can’t keep him; it’s not as if he were a tame lion.

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C. S. Lewis

We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin.

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C. S. Lewis

Though no one would want to be sold as a slave, it is perhaps even more galling to be a sort of utility slave whom no one will buy.

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C. S. Lewis

Love, in its own nature, demands the perfecting of the beloved.

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C. S. Lewis

Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves. I do not contradict him. But I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.

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C. S. Lewis

Do not waste time bothering whether you "love" your neighbor; act as if you did.

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C. S. Lewis

The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.

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C. S. Lewis

An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about the ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or of Practical Reason is idiocy. If a man's mind is open on these things,...

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C. S. Lewis

Obedience is the road to freedom.

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C. S. Lewis

It is only when you are asked to believe in Reason coming from non-reason that you must cry Halt. Human minds. They do not come from nowhere.

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C. S. Lewis

God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.

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C. S. Lewis

If you love deeply, you're going to get hurt badly. But it's still worth it.

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C. S. Lewis

Those who cannot conceive of Friendship as a substantive love but only as a disguise or elaboration of Eros betray the fact that they have never had a Friend.

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C. S. Lewis

One must never be either content with, or impatient with, oneself.

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C. S. Lewis

The descent to hell is easy and those who begin by worshipping power, soon worship evil.

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C. S. Lewis

To be in love involves the most irresistible conviction that one will go on being in love until one dies, and that possession of the beloved will confer, not merely frequent ecstasies, but settled, fruitful,...

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C. S. Lewis

I have often repented of speech but hardly ever of silence.

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C. S. Lewis

In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.

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C. S. Lewis

The real job of every moral teacher is to keep bringing us back to the simple principles, which we're so anxious not to see.

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C. S. Lewis

Look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in

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C. S. Lewis

Spying on people by magic is the same as spying on them in any other way.

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C. S. Lewis

Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things in this...

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C. S. Lewis

Pride, on the other hand, is the mother of all sins, and the original sin of lucifer.... An instrument strung, but preferring to play itself because it thinks it knows the tune better than the Musician

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C. S. Lewis

Human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself. If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would...

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C. S. Lewis

To please God… to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness… to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son- it seems impossible,...

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C. S. Lewis

And that is enough to raise your thoughts to what may happen when the redeemed soul, beyond all hope and nearly beyond belief, learns at last that she has pleased Him whom she was created to please. There...

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C. S. Lewis

Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you.

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C. S. Lewis

We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us.

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C. S. Lewis

If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been a proof that you were not.

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C. S. Lewis

What can you ever really know of other people's souls — of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole of creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is...

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C. S. Lewis

The first demand any work of art makes upon us is to surrender. Look. Listen. Receive. Get yourself out of the way.

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C. S. Lewis

Earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy.

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C. S. Lewis

We have not long to live in any event. Let us spend what is left in seeking the unpeopled world behind the sunrise.

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C. S. Lewis

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.

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C. S. Lewis

Now God, who has made us, knows what we are and that our happiness lies in Him.

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C. S. Lewis

Evil comes from the ABUSE of free will

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C. S. Lewis

I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstairs indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, and the noise of wind under the tiles. Also,...

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C. S. Lewis

I wish we didn't live in a world where buying and selling things seems to have become almost more important than either producing or using them.

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C. S. Lewis

The very power of [textbook writers] depends on the fact that they are dealing with a boy: a boy who thinks he is ‘doing’ his ‘English prep’ and has no notion that ethics, theology, and politics...

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C. S. Lewis

For every one pupil who needs to be guarded against a weak excess of sensibility there are three who need to be awakened from the slumber of cold vulgarity. The task of the modern educator is not to cut...

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C. S. Lewis

No justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous. Without the aid of trained emotions the intellect is powerless against the animal organism. I had sooner play cards against a man who was quite...

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C. S. Lewis

They did nothing wrong their time here has ended

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C. S. Lewis

In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all...

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C. S. Lewis

Falling in love is something that happens to us, being is love is something we do. No passion is self preservatory.

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C. S. Lewis

To love is to be vulnerable....

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C. S. Lewis

I have been wandering to find him and my happiness is so great that it even weakens me like a wound. And this is the marvel of marvels, that he called me Beloved, me who am but as a dog.

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C. S. Lewis

Walking and talking are two very great pleasures, but it is a mistake to combine them. Our own noise blots out the sounds and silences of the outdoor world; and talking leads almost inevitably to smoking,...

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C. S. Lewis

Each time you fall He'll pick you up. He knows your own efforts are never going to bring you anywhere near perfection

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C. S. Lewis

If minds are wholly dependent on brains and brains on biochemistry, and biochemistry (in the long run) on the meaningless flux of the atoms, I cannot understand how the thought of those minds should have...

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C. S. Lewis

What you want is practice, practice, practice. It doesn’t matter what we write (at least this is my view) at our age, so long as we write continually as well as we can. I feel that every time I write...

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C. S. Lewis

Nothing is really ours until we share it.

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C. S. Lewis

Your place in Heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it.

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C. S. Lewis

Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened: one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education...

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C. S. Lewis

If education is beaten by training, civilization dies.

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C. S. Lewis

If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that...

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C. S. Lewis

These, then, are the two points I wanted to make. First, that human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it. Secondly,...

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C. S. Lewis

A society in which conjugal infidelity is tolerated must always be in the long run a society adverse to women.

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C. S. Lewis

Forgive us as we forgive- we are offered forgiveness on no other terms. To refuse it is to refuse Gods mercy for ourselves.

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C. S. Lewis

When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you had been the only person in the world.

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C. S. Lewis

If you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way.

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C. S. Lewis

The doors of hell are locked from the inside!

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C. S. Lewis

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn't be a great moral teacher. He'd be either a lunatic on a level with a man who says he's a poached egg or else he'd be the devil...

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C. S. Lewis

Whenever you are fed up with life, start writing: ink is the great cure for all human ills, as I have found out long ago.

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C. S. Lewis

It is wonderful what you can do when you have to.

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C. S. Lewis

Very often the only way to get a quality in reality is to start behaving as if you had it already.

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C. S. Lewis

The humblest praise most, while cranks & malcontents praise least. Praise almost seems to be inner health made audible

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C. S. Lewis

There is someone that I love even though I don't approve of what he does. There is someone I accept though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive though he hurts the people...

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C. S. Lewis

The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one's life.

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C. S. Lewis

I have read the Aeneid through more often than I have read any long poem.

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C. S. Lewis

Children are not deceived by fairy-tales; they are often and gravely deceived by school-stories. Adults are not deceived by science-fiction ; they can be deceived by the stories in the women's magazines.

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C. S. Lewis

If you simply try to tell the truth you will, nine times out of ten, be original without ever having noticed it.

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C. S. Lewis

I sometimes pray not for self-knowledge in general but for just so much self knowledge at the moment as I can bear and use at the moment; the little daily dose.

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C. S. Lewis

I begin to suspect that the world is divided not only into the happy and the unhappy, but into those who like happiness and those who, odd as it seems, really don't.

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C. S. Lewis

A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery.

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C. S. Lewis

Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.

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C. S. Lewis

God is not merely good, but goodness; goodness is not merely divine, but God.

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C. S. Lewis

The great thing with unhappy times is to take them bit by bit, hour by hour, like an illness. It is seldom the present, the exact present, that is unbearable.

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C. S. Lewis

If I had really cared as I thought I did about the sorrows of the world I should not have been so overwhelmed when my own sorrow came- I thought I trusted the rope until it mattered to me whether it would...

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C. S. Lewis

God wants a child's heart and a grownup's head.

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C. S. Lewis

If you have once accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why daily prayers and religious reading and churchgoing...

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C. S. Lewis

There is a difficulty about disagreeing with God. He is the source from which all your reasoning power comes: you could not be right and he wrong any more than a stream can rise higher than its own source....

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C. S. Lewis

For in grief nothing 'stays put.' One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?

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C. S. Lewis

It is not enough to want to get rid of one’s sins, we also need to believe in the One who saves us from our sins.

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C. S. Lewis

I have discovered that the people who believe most strongly in the next life do the most good in the present one.

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C. S. Lewis

Christian love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will.

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C. S. Lewis

Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up,...

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C. S. Lewis

We may think God wants actions of a certain kind, but God wants people of a certain kind.

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C. S. Lewis

You can’t get second things by putting them first. You get second things only by putting first things first.

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C. S. Lewis

I don't pray so that I can change God. I pray so that God can change me.

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C. S. Lewis

I never see why we should do anything unless it is either a duty or a pleasure! Life's short enough without filling up hours unnecessarily

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C. S. Lewis

How little people know who think that holiness is dull... When one meets the real thing, it's irresistible!

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C. S. Lewis

You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down.

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C. S. Lewis

There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditures excludes them.

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C. S. Lewis

Love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other...

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C. S. Lewis

For Christianity is a fighting religion. It thinks God has made the world- that space and time, heat and cold, and all the colors and tastes, and all the animals and vegetables, are things that God 'made...

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C. S. Lewis

Away with tears and fears and troubles! United in wedlock with the eternal Godhead Itself, our nature ascends into the Heaven of Heavens. So it would be impious to call ourselves 'miserable.' On the contrary,...

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C. S. Lewis

We must stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected things as interruptions of real life. The truth is that interruptions are real life.

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C. S. Lewis

And this is the marvel of marvels; that he called me Beloved.

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C. S. Lewis

When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world. The wartime posters told us that Careless Talk costs Lives. It is equally true that...

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C. S. Lewis

If God is Love, He is, by definition, something more than mere kindness. And it appears, from all the records, that though He has often rebuked us and condemned us, He has never regarded us with contempt....

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C. S. Lewis

That part of Rostrevor which overlooks Carlingford Lough is my idea of Narnia.

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C. S. Lewis

Christ, who said to the disciples, 'You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,' can truly say to every group of Christian friends, 'You have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.'

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C. S. Lewis

The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.

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C. S. Lewis

Bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.

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C. S. Lewis

Liking an author may be as involuntary and improbable as falling in love.

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C. S. Lewis

And the seriousness with which the other party takes my words always raises the doubt whether I have taken them seriously enough myself.

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C. S. Lewis

God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us.

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C. S. Lewis

Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fiber of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing....

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C. S. Lewis

Provocation doesn't make me ill-tempered: it only shows me how ill-tempered I am.

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C. S. Lewis

Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it.

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C. S. Lewis

When once a man is launched on such an adventure as this, he must bid farewell to hopes and fears, otherwise death or deliverance will both come too late to save his honor and his reason. Ho, my beauties!

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C. S. Lewis

Man is not the centre. God does not exist for the sake of man. Man does not exist for his own sake.

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C. S. Lewis

Those who do not think about their own sins make up for it by thinking incessantly about the sins of others.

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C. S. Lewis

A real desire to believe all the good you can of others and to make others as comfortable as you can will solve most of the problems.

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C. S. Lewis

The central miracle asserted by Christians is the incarnation. They say that God became man.

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C. S. Lewis

God descends to re-ascend. He comes down; down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity ... down to the very roots and sea-bed of the nature He has created. But He goes...

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C. S. Lewis

Much is expected from those to whom much is given.

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C. S. Lewis

The value of the individual does not lie in him. He receives it by union with Christ.

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C. S. Lewis

Isn't it funny the way some combinations of words can give you--almost apart from their meaning--a thrill like music?

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C. S. Lewis

Literary Experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege of individuality.. .Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than...

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C. S. Lewis

It seems to me that we often, almost sulkily, reject the good that God offers us because, at that moment, we expected some other good.

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C. S. Lewis

Our temptation is to look eagerly for the minimum that will be accepted. We are in fact very like honest but reluctant taxpayers.

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C. S. Lewis

You are certainly under the guidance of the Holy Ghost or you wouldn't have come where you now are.

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C. S. Lewis

I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to "rejoice" as much as by anything else

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C. S. Lewis

One of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself.

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C. S. Lewis

In silence and in meditation on the eternal truths, I hear the voice of God which excites our hearts to greater love.

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C. S. Lewis

In the truest sense, Christian pilgrims have the best of both worlds. We have joy whenever this world reminds us of the next, and we take solace whenever it does not.

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C. S. Lewis

Ambition! We must be careful what we mean by it. If it means the desire to get ahead of other people - which is what I think it does mean - then it is bad. If it means simply wanting to do a thing well,...

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C. S. Lewis

Don't shine so that others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see HIM.

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C. S. Lewis

I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. It doesn't change God - it changes me.

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C. S. Lewis

The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books.

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C. S. Lewis

The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.

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C. S. Lewis

Gratitude exclaims, very properly, 'How good of God to give me this.'

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C. S. Lewis

This is my endlessly recurrent temptation: to go down to that Sea, and there neither dive nor swim nor float, but only dabble and splash, careful not to get out of my depth and holding on to the lifeline...

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C. S. Lewis

God is not a static thing...but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.

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C. S. Lewis

God's love is not wearied by our sins & is relentless in its determination that we be cured at whatever cost to us or Him

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C. S. Lewis

The beauty of life, is that you don't have to be modernly beautiful to live it.

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C. S. Lewis

All schools both here and in America should teach far fewer subjects far better.

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C. S. Lewis

If the parents in each generation always or often knew what really goes on at their sons' schools, the history of education would be very different.

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C. S. Lewis

Sometimes fairy stories may say best what's to be said.

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C. S. Lewis

God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself.

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C. S. Lewis

Ideally, we should like to define a good book as one which 'permits, invites, or compels' good reading

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C. S. Lewis

One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.

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C. S. Lewis

To live in a fully predictable world is not to be a man.

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C. S. Lewis

I wonder if people who asked for God to intervene in our world, really know what they are asking. Will they want to be there when God really does intervene?

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C. S. Lewis

I am perfectly convinced that whatever the gospels are they are not legends. I have read a great deal of legend and I am quite clear they are not that sort of thing....Christ bent down and scribbled in...

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C. S. Lewis

For the church is not a human society of people united by their natural affinities but the Body of Christ, in which all members, however different, (and He rejoices in their differences and by no means...

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C. S. Lewis

To every soul, God will look like its first love because He IS its first love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it - made for it stitch by stitch...

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C. S. Lewis

Not that I am (I think) in much danger of ceasing to believe in God. The real danger is of coming to believe such dreadful things about Him. The conclusion I dread is not 'So there's no God after all,'...

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C. S. Lewis

Our prayers for others flow more easily than those for ourselves. This shows we are made to live by charity.

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C. S. Lewis

Every good book should be entertaining. A good book will be more; it must not be less. Entertainment…is like a qualifying examination. If a fiction can’t provide that, we may be excused from inquiring...

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C. S. Lewis

Will you come with me to the mountains? It will hurt at first, until your feet are hardened. Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows. But will you come?

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C. S. Lewis

Mere improvement is not redemption, though redemption always improves people

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C. S. Lewis

Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.

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C. S. Lewis

In great literature, I become a thousand different men but still remain myself.

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C. S. Lewis

God whispers in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain.

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C. S. Lewis

When golden moments come, when God enables one really to pray without words, who but a fool would reject the gift?

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C. S. Lewis

We do not want to merely “see” beauty. We want to be united with it, to receive it into ourselves, to become part of it.

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C. S. Lewis

At the end of all things, the blessed will say, 'We never lived anywhere but in heaven.'

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C. S. Lewis

We are born helpless. As soon as we are fully conscious we discover loneliness. We need others physically, emotionally, and intellectually. We need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves.

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C. S. Lewis

But as for Lucy, she was always gay and golden-haired, and all princes in those parts desired her to be their Queen, and her own people called her Queen Lucy the Valiant.

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C. S. Lewis

He who has not forgiven an enemy has never yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.

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C. S. Lewis

Something quite unexpected has happened. It came this morning early. For various reasons, not in themselves at all mysterious, my heart was lighter than it had been for many weeks. ... And suddenly, at...

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C. S. Lewis

God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them.

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C. S. Lewis

Why must holy places be dark places?

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C. S. Lewis

The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one!

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C. S. Lewis

If things are real, they're there all the time.

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C. S. Lewis

Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different...

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C. S. Lewis

The best swordsman in the world may be disarmed by a trick that's new to him.

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C. S. Lewis

God has infinite attention, infinite leisure to spare for each one of us. He doesn't have to take us in the line. You're as much alone with Him as if you were the only thing He'd ever created.

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C. S. Lewis

The Christian life is simply a process of having your natural self changed into a Christ self, and that this process goes on very far inside. One's most private wishes, one's point of view, are the things...

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C. S. Lewis

You'll never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking what sort of impression you make.

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C. S. Lewis

The death of a beloved is an amputation.

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C. S. Lewis

I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, hoever, turns out to be not a state but a process.

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C. S. Lewis

Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than a minority of them - never become even...

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C. S. Lewis

One of the most cowardly things ordinary people do is to shut their eyes to facts.

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C. S. Lewis

You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.

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C. S. Lewis

I want God, not my idea of God.

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C. S. Lewis

Joy is the serious business of heaven. Our merriment must be between people who take each other seriously.

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C. S. Lewis

We do not come to God as bad people trying to become good people; we come as rebels to lay down our arms.

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C. S. Lewis

Delight is incomplete until it is expressed.

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C. S. Lewis

I am a product [...of] endless books.

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C. S. Lewis

Forgiveness does not mean excusing.

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C. S. Lewis

Aslan: You doubt your value. Don't run from who you are.

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C. S. Lewis

People who know a lot of the same things can hardly help talking about them.

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C. S. Lewis

Wouldn't he know without being asked?' said Polly. 'I've no doubt he would,' said the Horse (still with his mouth full). 'But I've a sort of an idea he likes to be asked.

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C. S. Lewis

Be sure it is not for nothing that the Landlord has knit our hearts so closely to time and place – to one friend rather than another and one shire more that all the land.

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C. S. Lewis

Besides being complicated, reality, in my experience, is usually odd. It is not neat, not obvious, not what you expect.

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C. S. Lewis

When you and I met, the meeting was over very shortly, it was nothing. Now it is growing something as we remember it, what will it be when I remember it as I lie down to die, what it makes in me all my...

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C. S. Lewis

There is something which unites magic and applied science (technology) while separating them from the "wisdom" of earlier ages. For the wise men of old, the cardinal problem of human life was how to conform...

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C. S. Lewis

Man does not have a soul. He is a soul. He has a body.

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C. S. Lewis

In such a fearful world, we need a fearless church

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C. S. Lewis

It is natural for us to wish that God had designed for us a less glorious and less arduous destiny; but then we are wishing not for more love but for less.

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C. S. Lewis

Things always work according to their nature.

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C. S. Lewis

All get what they want; they do not always like it.

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C. S. Lewis

He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand.

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C. S. Lewis

Pilate was merciful till it became risky.

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C. S. Lewis

You die and you die and then you are beyond death.

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C. S. Lewis

Good beats upon the damned incessantly as sound waves beat on the ears of the deaf, but they cannot receive it. Their fists are clenched, their teeth are clenched, their eyes fast shut. First they will...

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C. S. Lewis

One always feel better when one has made up one's mind.

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C. S. Lewis

You cannot make men good by law: and without good men you cannot have a good society.

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C. S. Lewis

The universe rings true whenever you fairly test it.

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C. S. Lewis

If nothing in this world satisfies me, perhaps it is because I was made for another world.

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C. S. Lewis

The Scotch catechism says that man's chief end is 'to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.' But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify...

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C. S. Lewis

Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.

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C. S. Lewis

Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live for ever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were...

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C. S. Lewis

The best fruits are plucked for each by some hand that is not his own.

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C. S. Lewis

It's always winter but it's never Christmas.

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C. S. Lewis

The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God.

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C. S. Lewis

For the power of Man to make himself what he pleases means... the power of some men to make other men what THEY please.

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C. S. Lewis

...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..." - C.S. Lewis:...

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C. S. Lewis

Jesus Christ did not say, 'Go into the world and tell the world that it is quite right.'

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C. S. Lewis

We want to know not how we should pray if we were perfect but how we should pray being as we now are ... It is no use to ask God with factitious earnestness for A when our whole mind is in reality filled...

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C. S. Lewis

As long as you notice, and have to count the steps, you are not yet dancing but only learning to dance. A good shoe is a shoe you don't notice. Good reading becomes possible when you need not conciously...

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C. S. Lewis

We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.

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C. S. Lewis

If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilised morality to savage morality.

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C. S. Lewis

God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous

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C. S. Lewis

Beloved," said the Glorious One, "unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek.

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C. S. Lewis

I was with book, as a woman is with child.

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C. S. Lewis

Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

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C. S. Lewis

Once the feet are put right, all the rest of him will follow.

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C. S. Lewis

Really great moral teachers never do introduce new moralities: it is quacks and cranks who do that.... The real job of every moral teacher is to keep on bringing us back, time after time, to the old simple...

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C. S. Lewis

The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs.

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C. S. Lewis

We do not see into men’s hearts. We cannot judge, and are indeed forbidden to judge.

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C. S. Lewis

Unless Christianity is wholly false, the perception of ourselves which we have in moments of shame must be the only true one...

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C. S. Lewis

If you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them would turn out to have reasoned out of it by honest argument? Do not most people simply drift away?

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C. S. Lewis

[The decay of Logic results from an] untroubled assumption that the particular is real and the universal is not.

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C. S. Lewis

When the voice of your friend or the page of your book sinks into democratic equality with the pattern of the wallpaper, the feel of your clothes, your memory of last night, and the noises from the road,...

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C. S. Lewis

if you do one good deed your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one.

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C. S. Lewis

The human heart is not unchanging (nay, changes almost out of recognition in the twinkling of an eye)...

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C. S. Lewis

In reading Chesterton, as in reading MacDonald, I did not know what I was letting myself in for. A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere...

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C. S. Lewis

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it...

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C. S. Lewis

The human mind is generally far more eager to praise and dispraise than to describe and define. It wants to make every distinction a distinction of value; hence those fatal critics who can never point...

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C. S. Lewis

Nature does not teach. A true philosophy may sometimes validate an experience of nature; an experience of nature cannot validate a philosophy. Nature will not verify any theological or metaphysical proposition...

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C. S. Lewis

It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.

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C. S. Lewis

Nothing in Man is either worse or better for being shared with the beasts.

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C. S. Lewis

It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.

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C. S. Lewis

The value of the myth is that it takes all the things we know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by ‘the veil of familiarity.’ The child enjoys his cold meat, otherwise...

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C. S. Lewis

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

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C. S. Lewis

Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning...

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C. S. Lewis

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.

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C. S. Lewis

Love is the great conqueror of lust.

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C. S. Lewis

Lucy went first, biting her lip and trying not to say all the things she thought of saying to Susan. But she forgot them when she fixed her eyes on Aslan.

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C. S. Lewis

Emeth came walking forward into the open strip of grass between the bonfire and the Stable. His eyes were shining, his face was solemn, his hand was on his sword-hilt, and he carried his head high. Jill...

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C. S. Lewis

Don't say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers Please will...

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C. S. Lewis

God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.

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C. S. Lewis

She's the sort of woman who lives for others - you can tell the others by their hunted expression.

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C. S. Lewis

If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.

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C. S. Lewis

A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.

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C. S. Lewis

Thirst was made for water. Inquiry for truth.

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C. S. Lewis

There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven but more often I find myself wondering whether, in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else.

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C. S. Lewis

Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.

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C. S. Lewis

No, I don’t wish I knew Heaven was like the picture in my Great Divorce, because, if we knew that, we should know it was no better. The good things even of this world are far too good ever to be reached...

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C. S. Lewis

We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world....No...

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C. S. Lewis

What do they teach them at these schools?

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C. S. Lewis

The harder you tried not to think, the more you thought.

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C. S. Lewis

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.

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C. S. Lewis

Narnia! It's all in the wardrobe just like I told you!

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C. S. Lewis

To the glistening eastern sea, I give you Queen Lucy the Valiant. To the great western woods, King Edmund the Just. To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. And to the clear northern skies,...

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C. S. Lewis

And what about you? You must be some kind of beardless dwarf?" "I'm not a dwarf! I'm a girl. And actually I'm tallest in my class." "You mean to say, that you're a daughter of Eve?" "Well my mum's name...

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C. S. Lewis

Surely you know that if a man can't be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighbourhood looking for the church that "suits" him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur...

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C. S. Lewis

It now seemed to me that all my other guesses had been only self-pleasing dreams spun out of my wishes, but now I was awake.

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C. S. Lewis

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.

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C. S. Lewis

This is where men, even the trustiest, fail us. Their heart is never so wholly given to any matter but that some trifle of a meal, or a drink, or a sleep, or a joke, or a girl, may come in between them...

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C. S. Lewis

Nothing is wonderful except in the abnormal, and nothing is abnormal until we have grasped the norm.

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C. S. Lewis

Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . ."

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C. S. Lewis

He's not safe, but he's good (referring to Aslan, the Lion, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

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C. S. Lewis

Nothing is yet in its true form.

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C. S. Lewis

All right, beautiful. You've got me tied down to this stone table, and there's a knife in your hand that says you get to rule Narnia for another hundred years. So maybe I die, and winter goes on. Maybe...

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C. S. Lewis

It is easy to acknowledge, but almost impossible to realize for long, that we are mirrors whose brightness, if we are bright, is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.

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C. S. Lewis

To love at all is to be vulnerable.

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C. S. Lewis

If my house has collapsed at one blow, that is because it was a house of cards. The faith which 'took these things into account' was not faith but imagination.

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C. S. Lewis

God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn't. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the...

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C. S. Lewis

We cannot understand. The best is perhaps what we understand least.

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C. S. Lewis

I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia.

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C. S. Lewis

[God] will not be used as a convenience. Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of heaven as a shortcut to the...

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C. S. Lewis

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.

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C. S. Lewis

The stamp of the Saint is that he can waive his own rights and obey the Lord Jesus.

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C. S. Lewis

We may give our human loves the unconditional allegiance which we owe only to God. They they become gods: then they become demons. Then they will destroy us, and also destroy themselves. For natural loves...

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C. S. Lewis

You know what this is, I suppose. Religious melancholia. Stop while there is time. If you dive, you dive into insanity.

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C. S. Lewis

It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion.

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C. S. Lewis

If He who in Himself can lack nothing, chooses to need us, it is because we need to be needed.

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C. S. Lewis

The question is not what we intended ourselves to be, but what He intended us to be when He made us.

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C. S. Lewis

The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation.

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C. S. Lewis

Perfect humility dispenses with modesty.

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C. S. Lewis

If God is satisfied with the work, the work may be satisfied with itself.

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C. S. Lewis

When humans should have become as perfect in voluntary obedience as the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they will put on its glory, or rather that greater glory of which Nature is...

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C. S. Lewis

As long as this deliberate refusal to understand things from above, even where such understanding is possible, continues, it is idle to talk of any final victory over materialism.

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C. S. Lewis

No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as 'what a man does with his solitude.'

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C. S. Lewis

To make Christianity a private affair while banishing all privacy is to relegate it to the rainbow's end or the Greek Calends.

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C. S. Lewis

Safety and happiness can only come from individuals, classes, and nations being honest and fair and kind to each other.

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C. S. Lewis

God has landed on this enemy-occupied world in human form...The perfect surrender and humiliation was undergone by Christ: perfect because He was God, surrender and humiliation because He was man.

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C. S. Lewis

The modern idea of a Great Man is one who stands at the lonely extremity of some single line of development--

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C. S. Lewis

The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about.

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C. S. Lewis

Reasoning is never, like poetry, judged from the outside at all.

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C. S. Lewis

Disobedience to conscience is voluntary; bad poetry, on the other hand, is usually not made on purpose.

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C. S. Lewis

Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes.

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C. S. Lewis

Only the skilled can judge the skillfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result.

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C. S. Lewis

Without sin, the universe is a Solemn Game: and there is no good game without rules.

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C. S. Lewis

Everything except God has some natural superior; everything except unformed matter has some natural inferior.

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C. S. Lewis

Who can endure a doctrine which would allow only dentists to say whether our teeth were aching, only cobblers to say whether our shoes hurt us, and only governments to tell us whether we were being well...

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C. S. Lewis

It is in their 'good' characters that novelists make, unawares, the most shocking self- revelations.

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C. S. Lewis

People blush at praise--not only praise of their bodies, but praise of anything that is theirs.

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C. S. Lewis

To fight in another man's armour is something more than to be influenced by his style of fighting.

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C. S. Lewis

Without the aid of trained emotions the intellect is powerless against the animal organism.

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C. S. Lewis

As the king governs by his executive, so Reason in man must rule the mere appetites by means of the 'spirited element.'

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C. S. Lewis

If we did not bring to the examinations of our instincts a knowledge of their comparative dignity we could never learn it from them.

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C. S. Lewis

You have gone into the Temple...and found Him, as always, there.

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C. S. Lewis

Man's conquest of Nature turns out, in the moment of its consummation, to be Nature's conquest of Man.

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C. S. Lewis

No doubt those who really founded modern science were usually those whose love of truth exceeded their love of power.

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C. S. Lewis

If the universe is so bad...how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator?

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C. S. Lewis

When God becomes a Man and lives as a creature among His own creatures in Palestine, then indeed His life is one of supreme self-sacrifice and leads to Calvary.

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C. S. Lewis

If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows...then we must starve eternally.

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C. S. Lewis

The 'frankness' of people sunk below shame is a very cheap frankness.

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C. S. Lewis

It is by human avarice or human stupidity, not by the churlishness of nature, that we have poverty and overwork.

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C. S. Lewis

Those who would like the God of scripture to be more purely ethical, do not know what they ask.

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C. S. Lewis

If God were a Kantian, who would not have us till we came to Him from the purest and best motives, who could be saved?

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C. S. Lewis

Tribulations cannot cease until God either sees us remade or sees that our remaking is now hopeless.

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C. S. Lewis

An Ulster Scot may come to disbelieve in God, but not to wear his weekday clothes on the Sabbath.

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C. S. Lewis

Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary soul can desire.

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C. S. Lewis

No good work is done anywhere without aid from the Father of Lights.

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C. S. Lewis

God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love.

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C. S. Lewis

Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.

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C. S. Lewis

Though I do not believe that my desire for Paradise proves that I shall enjoy it, I think it a pretty good indication that such a thing exists and that some men will.

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C. S. Lewis

We are born helpless. As soon as we are fully conscious we discover loneliness...

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C. S. Lewis

The very nature of Joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting.

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C. S. Lewis

Thus, and not otherwise, the world was made. Either something or nothing must depend on individual choices.

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C. S. Lewis

If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will...then we may take it it is worth paying.

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C. S. Lewis

Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves.

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C. S. Lewis

Truth and falsehood are opposed; but truth is the norm not of truth only but of falsehood also.

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C. S. Lewis

If nothing is self-evident, nothing can be proved. Similarly if nothing is obligatory for its own sake, nothing is obligatory at all.

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C. S. Lewis

The road to the promised land runs past Sinai.

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C. S. Lewis

It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

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C. S. Lewis

Certain things, if not seen as lovely or detestable, are not being correctly seen at all.

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C. S. Lewis

Human intellect is incurably abstract.

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C. S. Lewis

The more lucidly we think, the more we are cut off: the more deeply we enter into reality, the less we can think.

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C. S. Lewis

You cannot study Pleasure in the moment of the nuptial embrace, nor repentance while repenting, nor analyze the nature of humour while roaring with laughter.

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C. S. Lewis

The surest way of spoiling a pleasure [is] to start examining your satisfaction.

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C. S. Lewis

So many things--nay every real thing--is good if only it will be humble and ordinate.

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C. S. Lewis

There are no variations except for those who know a norm, and no subtleties for those who have not grasped the obvious.

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C. S. Lewis

If there is equality it is in His love, not in us.

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C. S. Lewis

Beauty is not democratic; she reveals herself more to the few than to the many...

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C. S. Lewis

Authority exercised with humility, and obedience accepted with delight are the very lines along which our spirits live.

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C. S. Lewis

Democracy demands that little men should not take big ones too seriously; it dies when it is full of little men who think they are big themselves.

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C. S. Lewis

The true enjoyments must be spontaneous and compulsive and look to no remoter end.

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C. S. Lewis

The moment good taste knows itself, some of its goodness is lost.

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C. S. Lewis

We have had enough, once and for all, of Hedonism--the gloomy philosophy which says that Pleasure is the only good.

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C. S. Lewis

Poetry too is a little incarnation, giving body to what had been before invisible and inaudible.

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C. S. Lewis

The difference [God's] timelessness makes is that this now (which slips away from you even as you say the word now) is for Him infinite.

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C. S. Lewis

Though we cannot experience our life as an endless present, we are eternal in God's eyes; that is, in our deepest reality.

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C. S. Lewis

Only He who really lived a human life (and I presume that only one did) can fully taste the horror of death.

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C. S. Lewis

God has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.

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C. S. Lewis

Some people probably think of the Resurrection as a desperate last moment expedient to save the Hero from a situation which had got out of the Author's control.

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C. S. Lewis

Where, except in uncreated light, can the darkness be drowned?

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C. S. Lewis

The idea which...shuts out the Second Coming from our minds, the idea of the world slowly ripening to perfection, is a myth, not a generalization from experience.

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C. S. Lewis

To play well the scenes in which we are 'on' concerns us much more than to guess about the scenes that follow it.

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C. S. Lewis

Every sin is the distortion of an energy breathed into us...

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C. S. Lewis

You must not do, you must not even try to do, the will of the Father unless you are prepared to 'know of the doctrine'.

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C. S. Lewis

We poison the wine as He decants it into us; murder a melody He would play with us as the instrument...Hence all sin, whatever else it is, is sacrilege.

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C. S. Lewis

To admire Satan [in Paradise Lost] is to give one's vote not only for a world of misery, but also for a world of lies and propaganda, of wishful thinking, of incessant autobiography.

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C. S. Lewis

Hatred obscures all distinctions.

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C. S. Lewis

The natural life in each of us is something self-centred, something that wants to be petted and admired, to take advantage of other lives, to exploit the whole universe.

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C. S. Lewis

The essence of religion, in my view, is the thirst for an end higher than natural ends...

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C. S. Lewis

The dangers of apparent self-sufficiency explain why Our Lord regards the vices of the feckless and dissipated so much more leniently than the vices that lead to worldly success.

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C. S. Lewis

The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is the hand over your whole self--all your wishes and precautions--to Christ.

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C. S. Lewis

A blessed spirit is a mould ever more and more patient of the bright metal poured into it, a body ever more completely uncovered to the meridian blaze of the spiritual sun.

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C. S. Lewis

In the moral sphere, every act of justice or charity involves putting ourselves in the other person's place and thus transcending our own competitive particularity.

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C. S. Lewis

For in self-giving, if anywhere, we touch a rhythm not only of all creation but of all being.

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C. S. Lewis

In coming to understand anything we are rejecting the facts as they are for us in favour of the facts as they are.

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C. S. Lewis

Have you not seen that in our days Of any whose story, song or art Delights us, our sincerest praise Means, when all's said, 'You break my heart?

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C. S. Lewis

When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him. And, in fact, He shows much more of Himself to some people than...

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C. S. Lewis

We must learn by experience to avoid either trains of thought or social situations which for us (not necessarily for everyone) lead to temptations. Like motoring-don't wait till the last moment before...

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C. S. Lewis

Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future. Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment 'as to the...

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C. S. Lewis

Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they 'own' their bodies—those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves...

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C. S. Lewis

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest...

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C. S. Lewis

Why you fool, it's the educated reader who can be gulled. All our difficulty comes with the others. When did you meet a workman who believes the papers? He takes it for granted that they're all propaganda...

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C. S. Lewis

It is good that the window should be transparent, because the street or garden beyond it is opaque. How if you saw through the garden too? It is no use trying to 'see through' [everything]. If you see...

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C. S. Lewis

For prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted.

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C. S. Lewis

Think of a country where people were admired for running away in battle, or where a man felt proud of double-crossing all the people who had been kindest to him. You might just as well try to imagine a...

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C. S. Lewis

The Life-Force is a sort of tame God. You can switch it on when you want, but it will not bother you. All the thrills of religion and none of the cost. Is the Life-Force the greatest achievement of wishful...

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C. S. Lewis

We might think that God wanted simply obedience to a set of rules: whereas He really wants people of a particular sort.

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C. S. Lewis

You can get a large audience together for a strip-tease act—that is, to watch a girl undress on the stage. Now suppose you come to a country where you could fill a theatre by simply bringing a covered...

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C. S. Lewis

God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning...

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C. S. Lewis

How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints.

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C. S. Lewis

Daughter, I have now lived a hundred and nine winters in this world and have never yet met any such thing as Luck. There is something about all this that I do not understand: but if ever we need to know...

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C. S. Lewis

Friendship is...the sort of love one can imagine between angels.

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C. S. Lewis

Nothing is more likely to destroy a species or a nation than a determination to survive at all costs

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C. S. Lewis

Lust is a poor, weak, whimpering, whispering thing compared with that richness and energy of desire which will arise when lust has been killed.

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C. S. Lewis

Now Eros makes a man really want, not a woman, but one particular woman. In some mysterious but quite indisputable fashion the lover desires the Beloved herself, not the pleasure she can give.

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C. S. Lewis

Our passions are not too strong, they are too weak. We are far too easily pleased.

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C. S. Lewis

Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth. What you now call the free play of inquiry has neither more nor less to do with the ends for which intelligence was given you than masturbation has to do with...

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C. S. Lewis

No one can say 'He jests at scars who never felt a wound' for I have never for one moment been in a state of mind to which even the imagination of serious pain was less than intolerable. If any man is...

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C. S. Lewis

Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.

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C. S. Lewis

Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege, of individuality.

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C. S. Lewis

We must lay before him what is in us; not what ought to be in us.

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C. S. Lewis

Better to be miserable with her than happy without her. Let our hearts break provided they break together. If the voice within us does not say this it is not the voice of Eros.

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C. S. Lewis

I wish they would remember that the charge to Peter was "Feed my sheep", not "Try experiments on my rats", or even "Teach my performing dogs new tricks".

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C. S. Lewis

I do not know why there is this difference, but I am sure that God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait. When you do enter your room, you will find that the long wait has...

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C. S. Lewis

He'll be coming and going" he had said. "One day you'll see him and another you won't. He doesn't like being tied down--and of course he has other countries to attend to. It's quite all right. He'll often...

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C. S. Lewis

I have come," said a deep voice behind them. They turned and saw the Lion himself, so bright and real and strong that everything else began at once to look pale and shadowy compared with him.

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C. S. Lewis

I never exactly made a book. It's rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say.

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C. S. Lewis

You can make anything by writing.

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C. S. Lewis

The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply...

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C. S. Lewis

It's no use telling us that something was 'mysterious' or 'loathsome' or 'awe-inspiring' or 'voluptuous.' By direct description, by metaphor and simile, by secretly evoking powerful associations, by offering...

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C. S. Lewis

It's so large" "It's the world dear, did you think it'd be small?" "smaller

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C. S. Lewis

When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

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C. S. Lewis

By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient's reason; and once it is awake, who can foresee the result?

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C. S. Lewis

But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in...

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C. S. Lewis

The real trouble about the duty of forgiveness is that you do it with all your might on Monday and then find on Wednesday that it hasn't stayed put and all has to be done over again.

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C. S. Lewis

One flesh. Or if you prefer, one ship. The starboard engine has gone. I, the port engine, must chug along somehow till we make harbour. Or rather, till the journey ends.

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C. S. Lewis

Onward and Upward! To Narnia and the North!

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C. S. Lewis

Be confident small immortals. You are not the only voice that all things utter, nor is there eternal silence in the places where you cannot come.

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C. S. Lewis

The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think...

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C. S. Lewis

I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.

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C. S. Lewis

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing....

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C. S. Lewis

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber...

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C. S. Lewis

Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.

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C. S. Lewis

Necessity may not be the opposite of freedom, and perhaps a man is most free when, instead of producing motives, he could only say, "I am what I do.

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C. S. Lewis

Why should your majesty think it? My own plans are made. While I may, I sail East in Dawn Treader. When she fails me, I row East in my coracle. When that sinks, shall I paddle East with my four paws. Then,...

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C. S. Lewis

The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career.

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C. S. Lewis

Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation.

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C. S. Lewis

Need-love says of a woman, "I cannot live without her"; Gift-love longs to give her happiness, comfort, protection...appreciative love gazes and holds its breath and is silent, rejoices that such a wonder...

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C. S. Lewis

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

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C. S. Lewis

Die before you die, there is no chance after.

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C. S. Lewis

What we learn from experience depends on the kind of philosophy we bring to experience.

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C. S. Lewis

We're free Narnians, Hwin and I, and I suppose, if you're running away to Narnia you want to be one too. In that case Hwin isn't your horse any longer. One might just as well say you're her human.

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C. S. Lewis

The higher animals are in a sense drawn into Man when he loves them and makes them (as he does) much more nearly human than they would otherwise be.

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C. S. Lewis

Forgiving and being forgiven are two names for the same thing. The important thing is that a discord has been resolved.

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C. S. Lewis

The castle of Cair Paravel on its little hill towered up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and seaweed, and the smell of the sea and long miles of bluish-green...

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C. S. Lewis

I think each village was meant to feel pity for its own sick and poor whom it can help and I doubt if it is the duty of any private person to fix his mind on ills which he cannot help. This may even become...

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C. S. Lewis

Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.

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C. S. Lewis

The holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the unholiness which remains in him.

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C. S. Lewis

until the theologians and the ordained clergy begin to communicate with ordinary people in the vernacular, in a way that they can understand, I’m going to have to do this sort of thing.

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C. S. Lewis

When the author walks onto the stage, the play is over

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C. S. Lewis

I do not think that all who choose wrong roads perish; but their rescue consists in being put back on the right road. A sum can be put right: but only by going back til you find the error and working it...

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C. S. Lewis

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.

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C. S. Lewis

Further up and further in!

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C. S. Lewis

If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a wandering to find home, why should we not look forward to the arrival?

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C. S. Lewis

You asked for a loving God: you have one... The consuming fire Himself, the Love that made the worlds, persistent as the artist's love for his work and despotic as a man's love for a dog, provident and...

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C. S. Lewis

I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself.

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C. S. Lewis

I believe that there are too many practitioners in the church, who are not believers.

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C. S. Lewis

You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve," said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth....

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C. S. Lewis

In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that-and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison-you do not know God...

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C. S. Lewis

A world of automata – of creatures that worked like machines – would hardly be worth creating.

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C. S. Lewis

The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.

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C. S. Lewis

I'd sooner live among people who don't cheat at cards than among people who are earnest about not cheating at cards.

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C. S. Lewis

I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.

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C. S. Lewis

Perhaps the experience had been so complete that repetition would be vulgarity - like asking to hear the same symphony twice in a day.

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C. S. Lewis

You don’t think – not possibly – not as a mere hundredth chance – there might be things that are real though we can’t see them? … If there are souls, could there not be soul-houses?

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C. S. Lewis

But now I discovered the wonderful power of wine. I understood why men become drunkards. For the way it worked on me was not at all that it blotted out these sorrows, but that it made them seem glorious...

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C. S. Lewis

I know the two great commandments, and I'd better get on with them.

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C. S. Lewis

The value of myth is that it takes all the things you know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by the veil of familiarity.

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C. S. Lewis

There is no use in talking as if forgiveness were easy. For we find that the work of forgiveness has to be done over and over again.

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C. S. Lewis

And so take away his work, which was his life [. . .] and all his glory and his great deeds? Make a child and a dotard of him? Keep him to myself at that cost? Make him so mine that he was no longer his?

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C. S. Lewis

This is our dilemma--either to taste and not to know or to know and not to taste--or, more strictly, to lack one kind of knowledge because we are in an experience or to lack another kind because we are...

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C. S. Lewis

What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.

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C. S. Lewis

The Intelligentsia (scientists apart) are losing all touch with, and all influence over, nearly the whole human race. Our most esteemed poets and critics are read by our most esteemed critics and poets...

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C. S. Lewis

What does seem to me poisonous, what breeds a type of patriotism that is pernicious if it lasts but not likely to last long in an educated adult, is the perfectly serious indoctrination of the young in...

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C. S. Lewis

Of Course God does not consider you hopeless. If He did, He would not be moving you to seek Him (and He obviously is)... Continue seeking Him with seriousness. Unless He wanted you, you would not be wanting...

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C. S. Lewis

The real moon,if you could reach it and survive it, would in a deep and deadly sense be just like anywhere else...no man would find an abiding strangness on the moon unless he were the sort of man who...

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C. S. Lewis

The Christian has a great advantage over other men, not by being less fallen than they, nor less doomed to live in a fallen world, but by knowing that he is a fallen man in a fallen world.

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C. S. Lewis

This moment contains all moments.

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C. S. Lewis

Readers are advised to remember the devil is a liar.

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C. S. Lewis

Man is to be understood only in his relationship to God.

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C. S. Lewis

The road to the promised land runs past Sinai. The moral law may exist to be transcended: but there is no transcending it for those who have not first admitted its claims up on them, and then tried with...

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C. S. Lewis

The human spirit will not even begin to try to surrender self-will as long as all seems to be well with it. Now error and sin both have this property, that the deeper they are the less their victim suspects...

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C. S. Lewis

The mold in which a key is made would be a strange thing, if you had never seen a key: and the key itself a strange thing if you had never seen a lock. Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow...

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C. S. Lewis

My own idea, for what it is worth, is that all sadness which is not either arising from the repentance of a concrete sin and hastening towards concrete amendment or restitution, or else arising from pity...

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C. S. Lewis

Emeth speaking of Aslan, "Beloved, said the Glorious One, unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek...And since then, O Kings...

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C. S. Lewis

True friends... face in the same direction, toward common projects, interests, goals.

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C. S. Lewis

I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?

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C. S. Lewis

Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I'm afraid even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up they were so used to quarreling and making it up again...

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C. S. Lewis

God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that he may love and perfect them.

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C. S. Lewis

Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.

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C. S. Lewis

What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.

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C. S. Lewis

I sometimes think that shame, mere awkward, senseless shame, does as much towards preventing good acts and straightforward happiness as any of our vices can do.

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C. S. Lewis

My own eyes are not enough for me; I will see through those of others.

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C. S. Lewis

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils...

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C. S. Lewis

It is quite useless knocking at the door of heaven for earthly comfort. It's not the sort of comfort they supply there.

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C. S. Lewis

Affection would not be affection if it was loudly and frequently expressed; to produce it in public is like getting your household furniture out for a move. It did very well in its place, but it looks...

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C. S. Lewis

The world does not need more Christian literature. What it needs is more Christians writing good literature.

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C. S. Lewis

Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water...If...

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C. S. Lewis

The rule of the universe is that others can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves, and one can paddle every canoe except one's own.

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C. S. Lewis

Most of us, I suppose, have a secret country but for most of us it is only an imaginary country. Edmund and Lucy were luckier than other people in that respect.

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C. S. Lewis

Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.

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C. S. Lewis

One is sometimes glad not to be a great theologian; one might easily mistake it for being a good Christian.

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C. S. Lewis

Continue seeking God with seriousness. Unless He wanted you, you would not be wanting Him.

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C. S. Lewis

A man can eat his dinner without understanding exactly how food nourishes him. A man can accept what Christ has done without knowing how it works: indeed, he certainly would not know how it works until...

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C. S. Lewis

Man has got to take charge of Man.... Then real education, including pre-natal education. By real education I mean one that has no 'take-it-or-leave-it' nonsense. A real education makes the patient...

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C. S. Lewis

The human mind is generally far more eager to praise or dispraise than it is to describe and define.

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C. S. Lewis

I came alive when I started loving you.

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C. S. Lewis

I seemed to hear God saying, "Put down your gun and we'll talk.

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C. S. Lewis

The sight of the huge world put mad ideas into me, as if I could wander away, wander forever, see strange and beautiful things, one after the other...

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C. S. Lewis

Whatever men expect, they soon come to think they have a right to; the sense of disappointment can, with very little skill on our part, be turned into a sense of injury. (senior devil speaking)

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C. S. Lewis

And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find...

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C. S. Lewis

The world is so much larger than I thought. I thought we went along paths--but it seems there are no paths. The going itself is the path.

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C. S. Lewis

Whatever you do, He will make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you had obeyed him.

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C. S. Lewis

You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another.

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C. S. Lewis

But as for Aslan himself, the Beavers and the children didn't know what to do or say when they saw him. People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the...

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C. S. Lewis

There is no other day. All days are present now. This moment contains all moments.

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C. S. Lewis

The sane would do no good if they made themselves mad to help madmen.

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C. S. Lewis

The student is half afraid to meet one of the great philosophers face to face. He feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew, the great man, just because of his...

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C. S. Lewis

Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.

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C. S. Lewis

He (the devil) always sends errors into the world in pairs--pairs of opposites...He relies on your extra dislike of one to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have...

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C. S. Lewis

Whenever all men are...hastening to be slaves or tyrants we make Liberalism the prime bogey.

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C. S. Lewis

Quarrelling means trying to show that the other man is in the wrong. (And) There is no sense in trying to do that unless you and he had some sort of agreement as to what Righ and Wrong are...

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C. S. Lewis

If God 'foresaw' our acts, it would be very hard to understand how we could be free not to do them. But suppose god is outside and above the Time-line... You never supposed that your actions at this moment...

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C. S. Lewis

Almost certainly God is not in time. His life does not consist of moments one following another...Ten-thirty-- and every other moment from the beginning of the world--is always Present for Him. If you...

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C. S. Lewis

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man... It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition...

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C. S. Lewis

It is no disparagement to the garden to say it will not fence and weed itself, nor prune its own fruit trees, nor roll and cut its own lawns...It will remain a garden only if someone does all these things...

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C. S. Lewis

The mark of Friendship is not that help will be given when the pinch comes (of course it will) but that, having been given, it makes no difference at all.

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C. S. Lewis

Q. What is your view of the daily discipline of the Christian life - the need for taking time to be alone with God? Lewis: "We have our New Testament regimental orders upon the subject. I would take it...

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C. S. Lewis

Perhaps civilization will never be safe until we care for something else more than we care for it. The hypothesis has certain facts to support it. As far as peace (which is one ingredient in our idea of...

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C. S. Lewis

Are not lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling (but faint and uncertain even in the best) of that something which you were born desiring,...

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C. S. Lewis

True friends don’t spend time gazing into each other’s eyes. They may show great tenderness towards each other but they face in the same direction - toward common projects, goals - above all, towards...

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C. S. Lewis

You find out more about God from the Moral Law than from the univerise in general just as you find out more about a man by listening to his conversation than by looking at a house he has built.

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C. S. Lewis

Who will take medicine unless he knows he is in the grip of disease?

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C. S. Lewis

The gap between those who worship different gods is not so wide as the gap between those who worship and those who don't.

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C. S. Lewis

The absent are easily refuted.

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C. S. Lewis

Regarding the debate about faith and works: It's like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most important.

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C. S. Lewis

Other than heaven, the only place where one's heart is completely safe from the dangers of love is hell.

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C. S. Lewis

Love, while always forgiving of imperfections and mistakes, can never cease to will their removal.

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C. S. Lewis

It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.

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C. S. Lewis

In any fairly large and talkative community such as a university there is always the danger that those who think alike should gravitate together where they will henceforth encounter opposition only in...

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C. S. Lewis

If these holy places, things, and days cease to remind us, if they obliterate our awareness that all ground is holy and every bush (could we but perceive it) a Burning Bush, then the hallows begin to do...

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C. S. Lewis

If one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business.

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C. S. Lewis

Art can teach without at all ceasing to be art.

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C. S. Lewis

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.

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C. S. Lewis

You would not call a man humane for ceasing to set mousetraps if he did so because he believed there were no mice in the house.

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C. S. Lewis

It is after you have realized that there is a real Moral Law, and a Power behind the law, and that you have broken that law and put yourself wrong with that Power -- it is after all this, and not a moment...

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C. S. Lewis

I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.

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C. S. Lewis

Looking for God-or Heaven-by exploring space is like reading or seeing all Shakespeare's plays in the hope that you will find Shakespeare as one of the characters...

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C. S. Lewis

Once people stop believing in God, the problem is not that they will believe in nothing; rather, the problem is that they will believe anything.

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C. S. Lewis

Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms. Laying down your arms, surrendering, saying you are sorry, realizing that you have been on...

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C. S. Lewis

It is so fatally easy to confuse an aesthetic appreciation of the spiritual life with the life itself-to dream that you have waked, washed, and dressed and then to find yourself still in bed.

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C. S. Lewis

And she never could remember; and ever since that day what Lucy means by a good story is a story which reminds her of the forgotten story in the Magician's Book.

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C. S. Lewis

I do not think that all who choose wrong roads perish; but their rescue consists in being put back on the right road.

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C. S. Lewis

No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.

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C. S. Lewis

[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself...

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C. S. Lewis

The only way to drive out bad culture is to create good culture. We need to recognize that artistic talent is a gift from the Lord - and that developing those talents is the only way to create good culture.

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C. S. Lewis

A great many of those who 'debunk' traditional...values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process

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C. S. Lewis

Meanwhile, little people like you and me, if our prayers are sometimes granted, beyond all hope and probability, had better not draw hasty conclusions to our own advantage. If we were stronger, we might...

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C. S. Lewis

Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the...

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C. S. Lewis

We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it.

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C. S. Lewis

Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself

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C. S. Lewis

Odd, the way the less the Bible is read the more it is translated

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C. S. Lewis

The notion that everyone would like Christianity to be true, and therefore all atheists are brave men who have accepted the defeat of all their deepest desires, is simply impudent nonsense.

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C. S. Lewis

And how could we endure to live and let time pass if we were always crying for one day or one year to come back--if we did not know that every day in a life fills the whole life with expectation and memory...

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C. S. Lewis

The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart.

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C. S. Lewis

But do you really mean, Sir," said Peter, "that there could be other worlds-all over the place, just round the corner-like that?" "Nothing is more probable," said the Profesor, taking off his spectacles...

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C. S. Lewis

We are not living in a world where all roads are radii if a circle and where all, if followed long enough, will therefore draw gradually nearer and finally meet at the centre: rather in a world where every...

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C. S. Lewis

You weren't a decent man and you didn't do your best. We none of us were and none of us did.

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C. S. Lewis

You can begin as if nothing had ever gone wrong. White as snow.

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C. S. Lewis

We know nothing of religion here: we only think of Christ.

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C. S. Lewis

Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly. For all that can be shaken will be shaken and only the unshakeable remains.

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C. S. Lewis

Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don't go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don't try to get there at all. It'll happen when you're not looking for it. And don't talk too much...

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C. S. Lewis

There is something in natural affection which will lead it on to eternal love more easily than natural appetite could be led on. But there's also something in it which makes it easier to stop at the natural...

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C. S. Lewis

That's the worst of girls," said Edmund to Peter and the Dwarf. "They never can carry a map in their heads." "That's because our heads have something inside them," said Lucy.

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C. S. Lewis

Excess of love, did ye say? There was no excess, there was defect. She loved her son too little, not too much. If she had loved him more there'd be no difficulty.

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C. S. Lewis

Stop it," spluttered Eustace, "go away. Put that thing away. It's not safe. Stop it, I say. I'll tell Caspian. I'll have you muzzled and tied up." "Why do you not draw your own sword, poltroon!" cheeped...

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C. S. Lewis

Pity was meant to be a spur that drives joy to help misery. But it can be used the wrong way round. It can be used for a kind of blackmailing. Those who choose misery can hold joy up to ransom, by pity.

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C. S. Lewis

Shall I ever be able to read that story again; the one I couldn't remember? Will you tell it to me, Aslan? Oh do,do,do." "Indeed,yes, I will tell it to you for years and years. But now, come. We must meet...

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C. S. Lewis

That thing is Freedom: the gift whereby ye most resemble your Maker and are yourselves part of eternal reality.

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C. S. Lewis

It isn't Narnia, you know," sobbed Lucy. "It's you. We shan't meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?" "But you shall meet me, dear one," said Aslan. "Are -are you there too, Sir?" said...

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C. S. Lewis

Don't you mind," said Puddleglum. "There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan; and he was there when the giant king caused the letters to be cut, and he knew already all things that would come of them;...

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C. S. Lewis

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom...

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C. S. Lewis

I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death.

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C. S. Lewis

But how can the characters in a play guess the plot? We are not the playwright, we are not the producer, we are not even the audience. We are on the stage. To play well the scenes in which we are "on"...

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C. S. Lewis

When I lay these questions before God I get no answer. But a rather special sort of 'No answer.' It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook...

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C. S. Lewis

Well, you know how it feels if you begin hoping for something that you want desperately badly; you almost fight against the hope because it is too good to be true; you've been disappointed so often before.

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C. S. Lewis

Thus the criminal ceases to be a person, a subject of rights and duties, and becomes merely an object on which society can work. And this is, in principle, how Hitler treated the Jews. They were objects;...

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C. S. Lewis

A man may have to die for our country: but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a...

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C. S. Lewis

'Useful,' and 'necessity' was always 'the tyrant's plea'.

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C. S. Lewis

While friendship has been by far the chief source of my happiness, acquaintance or general society has always meant little to me, and I cannot quite understand why a man should wish to know more people...

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C. S. Lewis

We come to Scripture not to learn a subject but to steep ourselves in a person.

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C. S. Lewis

Peter, High King of Narnia," said Aslan. "Shut the Door.

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C. S. Lewis

If all experienced God in the same way and returned Him an identical worship, the song of the Church triumphant would have no symphony, it would be played like an orchestra in which all instruments played...

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C. S. Lewis

If you picture Time as a straight line along which we have to travel, then you must think of God as the whole page on which the line is drawn.

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C. S. Lewis

I may repeat 'Do as you would be done by' till I am black in the face, but I cannot really carry it out till I love my neighbor as myself: and I cannot learn to love my neighbor as myself till I learn...

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C. S. Lewis

The continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.

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C. S. Lewis

I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms," said the Lion. It didn't say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It...

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C. S. Lewis

Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.

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C. S. Lewis

The most precious gift that marriage gave me was the constant impact of something very close and intimate, yet all the time unmistakably other, resistant - in a word, real.

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C. S. Lewis

If human life is in fact ordered by a beneficent being whose knowledge of our real needs and of the way in which they can be satisfied infinitely exceeds our own, we must expect a priori that his operations...

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C. S. Lewis

The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's...

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C. S. Lewis

If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work.

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C. S. Lewis

Love, having become a god, becomes a demon.

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C. S. Lewis

On the back of Satan's neck is a nail scarred footprint.

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C. S. Lewis

Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.

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C. S. Lewis

Praise is the mode of love which always has some element of joy in it.

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C. S. Lewis

We need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. The only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less than perfection.

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C. S. Lewis

Here at last is the thing I was made for.

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C. S. Lewis

Emerson said, Do you love me? means Do you see the same truth?-Or at least, "Do you care about the same truth?

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C. S. Lewis

No people find each other more absurd than lovers

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C. S. Lewis

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

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C. S. Lewis

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

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C. S. Lewis

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

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C. S. Lewis

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

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C. S. Lewis

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

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C. S. Lewis

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.

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C. S. Lewis

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.

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C. S. Lewis

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just...

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C. S. Lewis

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.

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C. S. Lewis

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

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C. S. Lewis

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way.'

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C. S. Lewis

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

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C. S. Lewis

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

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C. S. Lewis

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

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C. S. Lewis

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

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C. S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

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C. S. Lewis

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.

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C. S. Lewis

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

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C. S. Lewis

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

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C. S. Lewis

Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.

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C. S. Lewis

The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.

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C. S. Lewis

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other...

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C. S. Lewis

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

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C. S. Lewis

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of...

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C. S. Lewis

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will,...

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C. S. Lewis

I gave in, and admitted that God was God.

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C. S. Lewis

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

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C. S. Lewis

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

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C. S. Lewis

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it...

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C. S. Lewis

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.

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C. S. Lewis

Let's pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.

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C. S. Lewis

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

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C. S. Lewis

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.

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C. S. Lewis

We are what we believe we are.

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C. S. Lewis

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.

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C. S. Lewis

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.

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C. S. Lewis

A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach...

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C. S. Lewis

Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.

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C. S. Lewis

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.

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C. S. Lewis

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.

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C. S. Lewis

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

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C. S. Lewis

The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.

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C. S. Lewis

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.

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C. S. Lewis

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.

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C. S. Lewis

How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.

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C. S. Lewis

At all ages, if [fantasy and myth] is used well by the author and meets the right reader, it has the same power: to generalize while remaining concrete, to present in palpable form not concepts or even...

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C. S. Lewis

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.

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C. S. Lewis

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have...

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C. S. Lewis

I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.

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C. S. Lewis

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.

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C. S. Lewis

What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.

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C. S. Lewis

With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.

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C. S. Lewis

It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.

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C. S. Lewis

Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things...

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C. S. Lewis

There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.

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C. S. Lewis

Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.

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C. S. Lewis

Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless...

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C. S. Lewis

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists...

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C. S. Lewis

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified...

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C. S. Lewis

For pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.

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C. S. Lewis

When things go wrong, you'll find they usually go on getting worse for some time; but when things once start going right they often go on getting better and better.

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C. S. Lewis

I desired dragons with a profound desire.

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C. S. Lewis

A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is... A man who gives in to temptation after...

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C. S. Lewis

We seek an enlargement of our being. We want to be more than ourselves . . . We want to see with other eyes, to imagine with other imaginations, to feel with other hearts, as well as with our own . . ....

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C. S. Lewis

You can be good for the mere sake of goodness; you cannot be bad for the mere sake of badness. You can do a kind action when you are not feeling kind and when it gives you no pleasure, simply because kindness...

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C. S. Lewis

It has actually become very necessary in our time to rebut the theory that every firm and serious friendship is really homosexual.

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C. S. Lewis

This is the land of Narnia,' said the Faun, 'where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea.

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C. S. Lewis

Afflictions are... if we can so take them, our share in the Passion of Christ

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C. S. Lewis

Nonsense remains nonsense even when we talk it about God.

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C. S. Lewis

The New Testament writers speak as if Christ's achievement in rising from the dead was the first event of its kind in the whole history of the universe. He is the 'first fruits,' the pioneer of life,'...

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C. S. Lewis

Good, as it ripens, becomes continually more different not only from evil but from other good.

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C. S. Lewis

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

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C. S. Lewis

Our problem with desire is that we want too little.

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C. S. Lewis

But one of the worst results of being a slave and being forced to do things is that when there is no one to force you any more you find you have almost lost the power of forcing yourself.

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C. S. Lewis

I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the...

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C. S. Lewis

In our adversity, God shouts to us.

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C. S. Lewis

What he says, even on his knees, about his own sinfulness is all parrot talk. At bottom, he still believes he has run up a very favorable credit-balance in the Enemy's ledger by allowing himself to be...

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C. S. Lewis

The humans live in time but our Enemy destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present....

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C. S. Lewis

Reality, in fact, is always something you couldn't have guessed. That's one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It's a religion you couldn't have guessed.

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C. S. Lewis

[M]an has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to having a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn't think of doctrines as primarily "true" or "false," but...

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C. S. Lewis

Very few modern people think Friendship a love of comparable value or even a love at all.

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C. S. Lewis

I am struck here by the curious mixture of justice and injustice in our lives. We are blamed for our real faults but usually not on the right occasions.

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C. S. Lewis

The man in Christ rose again, not only the God.

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C. S. Lewis

He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.

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C. S. Lewis

Do you not know how bashful friendship is? Friends - comrades - do not look at each other. Friendship would be ashamed...

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C. S. Lewis

We do know that no person can be saved except through Christ. We do not know that only those who know Him can be saved by Him.

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C. S. Lewis

He thinks great folly, child,' said Aslan. "This world is bursting with life for these few days because the song with which I called it into life still hangs in the air and rumbles in the ground. It will...

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C. S. Lewis

Those of us who are blamed when old for reading childish books were blamed when children for reading books too old for us.

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C. S. Lewis

When we see the face of God we shall know that we have always known it. He has been a party to, has made, sustained and moved moment by moment within, all our earthly experiences of innocent love.

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C. S. Lewis

Even I never dreamed of Magic like this!

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C. S. Lewis

If you are a Christian you do not have to believe that all the other religions are simply wrong all through. If you are an atheist you do have to believe that the main point in all the religions of the...

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C. S. Lewis

if anyone present wishes to make me the subject of his wit, I am very much at his service--with my sword--whenever he has leisure.

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C. S. Lewis

100 per cent of us die, and the percentage cannot be increased.

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C. S. Lewis

We meet no ordinary people in our lives.

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C. S. Lewis

I can promise you none of these things. No sphere of usefulness; you are not needed there at all. No scope of your talents; only forgiveness for having perverted them. No atmosphere of inquiry, for I will...

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C. S. Lewis

It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible Gods and Goddesses. To remember that the dullest, and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now,...

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C. S. Lewis

Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.

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C. S. Lewis

You cannot go on 'explaining away' for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on 'seeing through' things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something...

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C. S. Lewis

If you asked twenty good men to-day what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness. But if you asked almost any of the great Christians of old he would have replied,...

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C. S. Lewis

It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous.

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C. S. Lewis

[Repentance] means unlearning all the self-conceit and self -will that we have been training ourselves into... It means killing part of yourself, under-going a kind of death.

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C. S. Lewis

So that the one road for which we now need God's leadership most of all is a road God, in His own nature, has never walked. But suppose God became a man... He could surrender His will, suffer and die,...

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C. S. Lewis

When you go to church you are really listening-in to the secret wireless from out friends: that is why the enemy is so anxious to prevent us from going. He does it by playing on our conceit and laziness...

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C. S. Lewis

When you argue against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.

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C. S. Lewis

If you are worried about the people outside, the most unreasonable thing you can do is remain outside yourself. Christians are Christ's body...every addition to that body enables Him to do more. If you...

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C. S. Lewis

That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realized it before or not. Now, today, this moment, is out chance to chose the...

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C. S. Lewis

To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?

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C. S. Lewis

But in general, take my advice, when you meet anything that is going to be Human and isn’t yet, or used to be Human once and isn’t now, or ought to be Human and isn’t, you keep your eyes on it and...

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C. S. Lewis

Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that's the whole art and joy of words.

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C. S. Lewis

A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is alright. This is common sense really. You understand sleep when you are awake, not well you are sleeping.

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C. S. Lewis

It is, of course, quite true that God will not love you any less, or have less use for you, if you happen to have been born with a very second-rate brain.

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C. S. Lewis

He has room for people with very little sense, but He wants everyone to use what sense they have.

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C. S. Lewis

When he was a young man he prayed constantly for chastity; but years later he realized that while his lips had been saying 'Oh Lord, make me chaste,' his heart had been secretly adding, 'But please don't...

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C. S. Lewis

The worst of sleeping out of doors is that you wake up so dreadfully early. And when you wake up you have to get up because the ground is so hard you are uncomfortable. And it makes matters worse if there...

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C. S. Lewis

Well, whatever they say, you don't feel like ghosts.

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C. S. Lewis

And that's why, when they want to get rid of anyone, they usually bring him down here (like they were doing with me) and say they'll leave him to the ghosts. But I always wondered if they didn't really...

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C. S. Lewis

Oh, I'm a dangerous criminal, I am,' said the dwarf cheerfully.

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C. S. Lewis

You have no idea what an appetite it gives one, being executed.

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C. S. Lewis

This wasn't a garden,' said Susan presently. 'It was a castle...

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C. S. Lewis

I'm afraid it's not much use to you, Mr. Rumblebuffin.' Not at all. Not at all.' said the giant politely. 'Never met a nicer hankerchee.

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C. S. Lewis

At least he went on saying this till Aslan had loaded him up with three dwarfs, one dryad, two rabbits, and a hedgehog, that steadied him a bit.

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C. S. Lewis

I expect you have seen someone put a a lighted match to a bit of newspaper which is propped up in a grate against an unlit fire. And for a second nothing seems to have happened; and then you notice a tiny...

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C. S. Lewis

I never heard weeping like that before or after; not from a child, nor a man wounded in the palm, nor a tortured man, nor a girl dragged off to slavery from a taken city. If you heard the woman you most...

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C. S. Lewis

Ah, poor Pole. It's been to much for her, this last bit. Turned her head, I shouldn't wonder. She's beginning to see things.

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C. S. Lewis

The whole journey was odd and dream-like -- the roaring stream, the wet grey grass, the glimmering cliffs which they were approaching, and always the glorious, silently pacing beast ahead.

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C. S. Lewis

Her face was working and twitching with passion, but his looked up at the sky, still quiet, neither angry nor afraid, but a little sad.

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C. S. Lewis

When there came a sound that I'd never heard the like of in all my born days. Eh, I won't forget that. The whole air was full of it, loud as thunder but far longer, cool and sweet as music over water but...

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C. S. Lewis

Kids like us don't often have the chance of meeting a great warrior like you. Would you have a little fencing match with me? It would be frightfully decent.

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C. S. Lewis

She looked at a silver birch: it would have a soft, showery voice and would look like a slender girl, with hair blown all about her face and fond of dancing. She looked at the oak: he would be a wizened,...

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C. S. Lewis

Oh Trees, Trees, Trees...wake. Don't you remember it? Don't you remember me? Dryads and hamadryads, come out, come [out] to me.

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C. S. Lewis

Feeling like the voice she liked best in all the world was calling her name.

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C. S. Lewis

She stepped out from among their shifting confusion of lovely lights and shadows. A circle of grass, smooth as a lawn, met her eyes, with dark trees dancing all around it. And then --Oh Joy! For he was...

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C. S. Lewis

Certainly, Lu. Whatever you like,' said Peter unexpectedly. This was encouraging, but as Peter instantly rolled round and went to sleep again it wasn't much use.

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C. S. Lewis

Cobbles and kettledrums! ...I hope this madness isn't going to end in a moonlit climb and broken necks.

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C. S. Lewis

Wouldn't it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men start going wild inside, like the animals here, and still look like men, so that you'd never know which were which.

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C. S. Lewis

and the whole forest would give itself up to jollification for weeks on end.

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C. S. Lewis

She did not shut it properly because she knew that it is very silly to shut oneself into a wardrobe, even if it is not a magic one.

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C. S. Lewis

I see you are an idiot, whatever else you may be...

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C. S. Lewis

His face had become very red and his mouth and fingers were sticky. He did not look either clever or handsome, whatever the Queen might say.

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C. S. Lewis

Edmund, who was becoming a nastier person every minute, thought that he had scored a great success, and went on at once to say, 'There she goes again. What's the matter with her?

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This was bad grammar of course, but that is how beavers talk when they are excited; I mean, in Narnia--in our world they usually don't talk at all. - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

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If there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most, or else just silly.

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It was a full moon and, shining on all the snow, it made everything almost as bright as day -- only the shadows were rather confusing.

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Giant Wimbleweather burst into one of those not very intelligent laughs to which the nicer sort of Giants are so liable. He checked himself at once and looked as grace as a turnip by the time Reepicheep...

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Hail Lord, ...Loose my chains.

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Am I to understand,' said Reepicheep to Lucy after a long stare at Eustace, 'That this singularly discourteous person is under your Majesty's protection? Because, if not--

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We thought the Duke would have been pleased if the King's Majesty would have married his daughter, but nothing came of that--' Squints, and has freckles,' said Caspian. Oh, poor girl,' said Lucy.

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The mouse is a fair treat but this one would talk the hind legs off a donkey.

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No interviews without appointments except between nine and ten PM on the second Saturdays.

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The Calormens have dark faces and long beards. They wear flowing robes and orange-colored turbans, and they are a wise, wealthy, courteous, cruel and ancient people. They bowed most politely to Caspian...

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For his mind was full of forlorn hopes, death-or-glory charges, and last stands.

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A powerful dragon crying its eyes out under the moon in a deserted valley is a sight and a sound hardly to be imagined.

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He didn't call his father and mother 'Father' and 'Mother' but Harold and Alberta. They were very up to date and advanced people. They were vegetarians, non-smokers and teetotalers, and wore a special...

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He liked books if they were books of information and had pictures of grain elevators or of fat foreign children doing exercises in model schools.

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And there we all were, as invisible as you could wish to see.

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And that's why, gentleman, if your little girl doesn't come up to scratch, it will be our painful duty to cut all your throats. Merely in a way of business, as you might say, and no offense, I hope.

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Ah, you've come over the water. Powerful wet stuff, ain't it?

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Gone! ...And you and I quite crestfallen.

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Golly,' said Edmund under his breath, 'He's a retired star.

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Oh, Lor!' said the boy, sitting down on the grassy bank at the edge of the shrubbery and very quickly getting up again because the grass was soaking wet. His name was unfortunately Eustace Scrubb but he...

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C. S. Lewis

If you thirst you may drink.

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And as Jill gazed at its motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience.

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I'm a beast, I am, and a Badger what's more. We don't change. We hold on.

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And the Prince stared at her like a man out of his wits.

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No more I do, your Majesty. But what's that got to do with it? I might as well die on a wild goose chase as die here.

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