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:: C.S. Lewis
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Nov 29, 1898 - Nov 22, 1963
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C.S. Lewis's quotes
English literary scholar
"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 you do the job for me?'"
"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."
"Dualism is a truncated metaphysic."
"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil."
"Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities."
"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, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."
"Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes."
"Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment."
"Everything except God has some natural superior; everything except unformed matter has some natural inferior."
"Experience proves this, or that, or nothing, according to the preconceptions we bring to it."
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn. My God do you learn."
"Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement."
"Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods."
"For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men."
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one!'"
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival."
"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing."
"God is not proud...He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him."
"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."
"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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