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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
"The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about."
"If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don't feel at home there?"
"Badness is only spoiled goodness."
"We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship."
"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair."
Truth & Lies
"There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes."
"We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin."
"No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing."
"The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys."
"Whenever you find a man who says he doesn't believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later."
"A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride."
"The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation."
"A great many of those who 'debunk' traditional...values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process."
"If we did not bring to the examinations of our instincts a knowledge of their comparative dignity we could never learn it from them."
"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."
"We all wish to be judged by our peers, by the men 'after our own heart.' Only they really know our mind and only they judge it by standards we fully acknowledge. Theirs is the praise we really covet and the blame we really dread. The little pockets of early Chrstians survived because they cared exclusively for the love of 'the bretheren' and stopped their ears to the opinion of the Pagan society around them. But a circle of criminals, cranks, or perverts survives in just the same way; by becoming deaf to the opinion of the outer world, by discounting it as the chatter of outsiders who 'don't understand,' of the 'conventional,' the 'bourgeois,' the 'Establishment,' of prigs, prudes, and humbugs."
"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."
"It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves."
"Unless Christianity is wholly false, the perception of ourselves which we have in moments of shame must be the only true one."
"Unless the religious claims of the Bible are again acknowledged, its literary claims will, I think, be given only 'mouth honour' and that decreasingly."
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