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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
"Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment."
"This moment contains all moments."
"Dualism is a truncated metaphysic."
"It is hard to have patience with people who say 'There is no death' or 'Death doesn't matter.'' There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter."
Life & Death
"Everything except God has some natural superior; everything except unformed matter has some natural inferior."
"Morality, like numinous awe, is a jump; in it, man goes beyond anything that can be 'given' in the facts of experience."
"Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods."
"When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right."
"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad."
"If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons."
"There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on Earth."
"In any fairly large and talkative community such as a university there is always the danger that those who think alike should gravitate together where they will henceforth encounter opposition only in the emasculated form of rumour that the outsiders say thus and thus. The absent are easily refuted, complacent dogmatism thrives, and differences of opinion are embittered by the group hostility. Each group hears not the best, but the worst, that the other group can say."
"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing."
"What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God's eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when He catches us, as it were, off our guard."
"If the universe is so bad...how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator?"
"All that is not eternal is eternally out of date."
"If one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business."
"We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it."
"'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan. 'And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor in earth.'"
"Certain things, if not seen as lovely or detestable, are not being correctly seen at all."
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