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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
"If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows...then we must starve eternally."
"If we did not bring to the examinations of our instincts a knowledge of their comparative dignity we could never learn it from them."
"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."
"If these holy places, things, and days cease to remind us, if they obliterate our awareness that all ground is holy and every bush (could we but perceive it) a Burning Bush, then the hallows begin to do harm. Hence both the necessity, and the perennial danger, of 'religion.'"
"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."
"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?"
"If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents - the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else's. But if their thoughts - i.e., of Materialism and Astronomy - are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents. It's like expecting that the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk-jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset."
"If one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business."
"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world."
"If God is satisfied with the work, the work may be satisfied with itself."
"I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation."
"I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare."
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
"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."
"Heaven offers nothing that a mercenary soul can desire."
"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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"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."
"God is not proud...He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him."
"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing."
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival."
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