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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
"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 suspect that you don't understand."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival."
"Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind."
Life & Death
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one!'"
"It is in their 'good' characters that novelists make, unawares, the most shocking self-revelations."
"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?'"
"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."
"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts."
"God is not proud...He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him."
"If God is satisfied with the work, the work may be satisfied with itself."
"Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst."
"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 five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in."
"Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes."
"Experience proves this, or that, or nothing, according to the preconceptions we bring to it."
"The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not."
"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 at the expense of the rest."
"Man's conquest of Nature turns out, in the moment of its consummation, to be Nature's conquest of Man."
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