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:: C.S. Lewis
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Nov 29, 1898 - Nov 22, 1963
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English literary scholar
"The gap between those who worship different gods is not so wide as the gap between those who worship and those who don't."
"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."
"The absent are easily refuted."
"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."
"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."
"Surely what a man does when he is caught off his guard is the best evidence as to what sort of man he is."
"Regarding the debate about faith and works: Itís like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most important."
"Reasoning is never, like poetry, judged from the outside at all."
"Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man."
"Poetry too is a little incarnation, giving body to what had been before invisible and inaudible."
"Perfect humility dispenses with modesty."
"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 day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief."
"Our passions are not too strong, they are too weak. We are far too easily pleased."
"Other than heaven, the only place where one's heart is completely safe from the dangers of love is hell."
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
"Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst."
"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."
"Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours."
"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."
"No doubt those who really founded modern science were usually those whose love of truth exceeded their love of power."
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