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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
"It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous."
"The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world."
"Surely what a man does when he is caught off his guard is the best evidence as to what sort of man he is."
"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
"Poetry too is a little incarnation, giving body to what had been before invisible and inaudible."
"Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and can't really get rid of it."
"We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and then bid the geldings to be fruitful."
"When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all."
"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."
"Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and you get neither."
"Many things--such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly--are done worst when we try hardest to do them."
"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."
"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 was dark. Dark would be without meaning."
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn. My God do you learn."
"Regarding the debate about faith and works: Itís like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most important."
"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."
"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point."
"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."
"Perfect humility dispenses with modesty."
"No doubt those who really founded modern science were usually those whose love of truth exceeded their love of power."
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