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:: C.S. Lewis
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Nov 29, 1898 - Nov 22, 1963
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English literary scholar
"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."
"Unless the religious claims of the Bible are again acknowledged, its literary claims will, I think, be given only 'mouth honour' and that decreasingly."
"Unless Christianity is wholly false, the perception of ourselves which we have in moments of shame must be the only true one."
"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."
"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."
"This moment contains all moments."
"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."
"There will be two kinds of people in the end: Those that will say to God 'Thy will be done' and those to whom God will say 'Thy will be done.'"
"There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on Earth."
"There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes."
"There are no variations except for those who know a norm, and no subtleties for those who have not grasped the obvious."
"The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature, the ethos of any society is the creation of its rulers, educators and conditioners; and every creator stands above and outside his own creation."
"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts."
"The surest way of spoiling a pleasure is to start examining your satisfaction."
"The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world."
"The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not."
"The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about."
"The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation."
"The more often a man feels without acting, the less he'll be able to act. And in the long run, the less he'll be able to feel."
"The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys."
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