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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    Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.
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    Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.
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    Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
    Source: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)
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    Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.
    Source: Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
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    Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand.
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    Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.
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    The doctrine of the Second Coming has failed, so far as we are concerned, if it does not make us realize that at every moment of every year in our lives Donne's question What if this present were the world's last night? is equally relevant.
    Source: The Worlds Last Night (1952)
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    The doctrine of the Second Coming teaches us that we do not and cannot know when the world drama will end. The curtain may be rung down at any moment: say, before you have finished reading this paragraph.
    Source: The Worlds Last Night (1952)
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    The fundamental laws are in the long run merely statements that every event is itself and not some different event.
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    The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
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    The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
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    The Guide sang: The new age, the new art, the new ethic and thought, And fools crying, Because it has begun It will continue as it has begun! The wheel runs fast, therefore the wheel will run Faster for ever, The old age is done, We have new lights and see without the sun.
    Source: The Pilgrims Regress (1933) Pilgrims Regress 186-187
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    The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.
    Source: Surprised by Joy (1955)
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    The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.
    Source: A Year with C. S. Lewis
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    The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape?
    Source: Surprised by Joy (1955)