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:: C.S. Lewis
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Nov 29, 1898 - Nov 22, 1963
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English literary scholar
"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."
"Other than heaven, the only place where one's heart is completely safe from the dangers of love is hell."
"Our passions are not too strong, they are too weak. We are far too easily pleased."
"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."
"Perfect humility dispenses with modesty."
"Poetry too is a little incarnation, giving body to what had been before invisible and inaudible."
"Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man."
"Reasoning is never, like poetry, judged from the outside at all."
"Regarding the debate about faith and works: Itís like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most important."
"Surely what a man does when he is caught off his guard is the best evidence as to what sort of man he is."
"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."
"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."
"The absent are easily refuted."
"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."
"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 Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys."
"The more often a man feels without acting, the less he'll be able to act. And in the long run, the less he'll be able to feel."
"The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation."
"The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about."
"The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not."
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