C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

Irish novelist and poet

Lived from: 1898-1963

Category: Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: C. S. Lewis

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    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.
    Source: A Year with C. S. Lewis
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    Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes.
    Source: A preface to Paradise Lost
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    Every poet and musician and artist, but for Grace, is drawn away from love of the thing he tells to love of the telling till, down in Deep Hell, they cannot be interested in God at all but only in what they say about Him.
    Source: The Great Divorce (1944)
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    Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment.
    Source: The Problem of Pain (1940)
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    Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.
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    For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition.
    Source: Bluspels and Flalansferes: A Semantic Nightmare, Rehabilitations (1939)
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    Frantic administration of panaceas to the world is certainly discouraged by the reflection that this present might be the world's last night; sober work for the future, within the limits of ordinary morality and prudence, is not.
    Source: The Worlds Last Night (1952)
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    Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.
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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 made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself.
    Source: Mere Christianity (1952)
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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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    God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love.
    Source: The Problem of Pain (1940)
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    Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.
    Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942)
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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.