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:: C.S. Lewis
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Nov 29, 1898 - Nov 22, 1963
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English literary scholar
"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."
"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 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 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 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 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."
"Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives."
"Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and you get neither."
"All that is not eternal is eternally out of date."
"Art can teach without at all ceasing to be art."
"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..."
"Badness is only spoiled goodness."
"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."
"Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable."
"Certain things, if not seen as lovely or detestable, are not being correctly seen at all."
"Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it."
"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
"Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation."
"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point."
"Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves."
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