C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

Irish novelist and poet

Lived from: 1898-1963

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

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    Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
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    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.
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    Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
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    'Are the gods not just?'
    'Oh no, child. What would become of us if they were?'
    Source: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold (1956) Orual & The Fox
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    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.
    Source: The problem of pain p. 41
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    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.
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    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.
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    A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.
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    Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
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    Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.
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    All joy emphasises our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.
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    All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.
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    All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.
    Source: The Chronicles of Narnia (1950) The Last Battle (1956), Closing lines, in Ch. 16 :
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    An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
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    And I say also this. I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes.
    Source: Out of the Silent Planet (1938) Hyoi, p. 76
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