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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
"We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and then bid the geldings to be fruitful."
"Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair."
"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."
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
"Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves."
"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."
"Art can teach without at all ceasing to be art."
"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."
"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..."
"It was when I was happiest that I longed most...The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all the beauty came from."
"Certain things, if not seen as lovely or detestable, are not being correctly seen at all."
"Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours."
"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."
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
"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."
"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
"Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it."
"I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation."
"The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about."
"Those who would most scornfully repudiate Christianity as a mere 'opiate of the people' have a contempt for the rich, that is, for all mankind except the poor."
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