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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
"Certain things, if not seen as lovely or detestable, are not being correctly seen at all."
"Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable."
"Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you."
"Badness is only spoiled goodness."
"Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning..."
"Art can teach without at all ceasing to be art."
"All that is not eternal is eternally out of date."
"Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and you get neither."
"Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives."
"A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere--'Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,' as Herbert says, 'fine nets and stratagems.' God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous."
"A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is... A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in."
"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."
"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."
"A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell."
"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."
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