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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
"Without the aid of trained emotions the intellect is powerless against the animal organism."
"You would not call a man humane for ceasing to set mousetraps if he did so because he believed there were no mice in the house."
"I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation."
"If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this."
"Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable."
"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."
"Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation."
"Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it."
"Love, while always forgiving of imperfections and mistakes, can never cease to will their removal."
"Who will take medicine unless he knows he is in the grip of disease?"
"Who can endure a doctrine which would allow only dentists to say whether our teeth were aching, only cobblers to say whether our shoes hurt us, and only governments to tell us whether we were being well governed?"
"Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult."
"If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows...then we must starve eternally."
"If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love."
Life & Death
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil."
"A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you."
"The gap between those who worship different gods is not so wide as the gap between those who worship and those who don't."
"You cannot go on 'explaining away' for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on 'seeing through' things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it."
"Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement."
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