C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

Irish novelist and poet

Lived from: 1898-1963

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

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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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    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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    Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.
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    All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.
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    An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
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    Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
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    Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.
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    God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
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    God whispers in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain.
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    God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

    Source: The Problem of Pain (1940)

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    Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
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    Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.
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    I believe in Christianity as I believe in the rising sun; not because I see it, but by it I can see all else.
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    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.
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