Quotes by C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

Irish novelist and poet

Alive from: 1898-1963

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

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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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    As for wrinkles-Pshaw! Why shouldn't we have wrinkles? Honorable insignia of long service in this warfare.
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    As long as this deliberate refusal to understand things from above, even where such understanding is possible, continues, it is idle to talk of any final victory over materialism.
    Source: The Weight of Glory (1949)
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    Autumn is really the best of the seasons; and I'm not sure that old age isn't the best part of life. But of course, like autumn, it doesn't last.
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    Be not deceived, Wormwood, our cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe in which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.
    Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942)
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    But how can the characters in a play guess the plot? We are not the playwright, we are not the producer, we are not even the audience. We are on the stage. To play well the scenes in which we are on concerns us much more than to guess about the scenes that follow it.
    Source: The Worlds Last Night (1952)
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    But supposing one tries to live by Pantheistic philosophy? Does it lead to a complacent Hegelian optimism?
    Source: The Pilgrims Regress (1933) Pilgrims Regress 132-133
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    But then again of course I know perfectly well that He can't be used as a road. If you're approaching Him not as the goal but as a road, not as the end but as a means, you're not really approaching Him at all.
    Source: A Grief Observed (1961)
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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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    Christianity tells people to repent and promises them forgiveness. It therefore has nothing (as far as I know) to say to people who do not know they have done anything to repent of and who do not feel that they need forgiveness.
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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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    Courtship is the time for sowing those seeds which will grow up ten years into domestic hatred.
    Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942)
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    Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
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    Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
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