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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
"Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one!'"
"For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men."
"Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods."
"Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement."
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn. My God do you learn."
"Experience proves this, or that, or nothing, according to the preconceptions we bring to it."
"Everything except God has some natural superior; everything except unformed matter has some natural inferior."
"Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment."
"Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes."
"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."
"Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities."
"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil."
"Dualism is a truncated metaphysic."
"Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite."
"Don't say it was 'delightful'; make us say 'delightful' when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers 'Please, will you do the job for me?'"
"Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves."
"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point."
"Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation."
"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
"Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it."
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