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Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . ." C S Lewis
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One of the things that distinguishes man from the other animals is that he wants to know things, wants to find out what reality is like, simply for the sake of knowing. When that desire is completely quenched in anyone, I think he has become something less than human. C S Lewis
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A creature revolting against a creator is revolting against the source of his own powers-including even his power to revolt...It is like the scent of a flower trying to destroy the flower. C S Lewis
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Man must endure his going hence. C S Lewis
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Christian love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will. C S Lewis
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Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably. C S Lewis
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The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing - to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from - my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back. C S Lewis
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What we learn from experience depends on the kind of philosophy we bring to experience. C S Lewis
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The mold in which a key is made would be a strange thing, if you had never seen a key: and the key itself a strange thing if you had never seen a lock. Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of the divine substance, or a key to unlock one of the doors in the house with many mansions. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it - made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand. C S Lewis
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Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man... It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone. C S Lewis
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Perhaps civilization will never be safe until we care for something else more than we care for it. The hypothesis has certain facts to support it. As far as peace (which is one ingredient in our idea of civilization)is concerned, I think many would now agree that a foreign policy dominated by desire for peace is one of the many roads that lead to war. C S Lewis
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And she never could remember; and ever since that day what Lucy means by a good story is a story which reminds her of the forgotten story in the Magician's Book. C S Lewis
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What he says, even on his knees, about his own sinfulness is all parrot talk. At bottom, he still believes he has run up a very favorable credit-balance in the Enemy's ledger by allowing himself to be converted, and thinks that he is showing great humility and condescension in going to church with these 'smug', commonplace neighbors at all. C S Lewis
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Even I never dreamed of Magic like this! C S Lewis
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You have no idea what an appetite it gives one, being executed. C S Lewis
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She stepped out from among their shifting confusion of lovely lights and shadows. A circle of grass, smooth as a lawn, met her eyes, with dark trees dancing all around it. And then -Oh Joy! For he was there: the huge Lion, shining white in the moonlight, with his huge black shadow underneath him. C S Lewis
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Giant Wimbleweather burst into one of those not very intelligent laughs to which the nicer sort of Giants are so liable. He checked himself at once and looked as grace as a turnip by the time Reepicheep discovered where the noise came from. C S Lewis
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A powerful dragon crying its eyes out under the moon in a deserted valley is a sight and a sound hardly to be imagined. C S Lewis
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Now the story of Christ is simply a true myth: a myth working on us the same way as the others, but with this tremendous difference that it really happened: and one must be content to accept it in the same way, remembering that it is God's myth where the others are men's myths: i.e., the Pagan stories are God expressing Himself through the minds of poets, using such images as He found there, while Christianity is God expressing Himself through what we call 'real things'. C S Lewis
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Redeemed humanity is still young, it has hardly come to its full strength. But already there is joy enough in the little finger of a great saint such as yonder lady to waken all the dead things of the universe into life. C S Lewis
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Edmund, give a special goodbye to Trumpkin for me. He's been a brick. C S Lewis
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If each side had been frankly contending for its own real wish, they would all have kept within the bounds of reason and courtesy; but just because the contention is reversed and each side is fighting the other side's battle, all the bitterness which really flows from thwarted self-righteousness and obstinacy and from the accumulated grudges of the last ten years is concealed from them by the nominal or official "Unselfishness" of what they are doing or, at least, held to be excused by it. C S Lewis
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As for all I can tell, the only difference is that what many see we call a real thing, and what only one sees we call a dream. C S Lewis
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Ink is the great cure for all human ills. C S Lewis
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What began the change was the very writing itself. Let no one lightly set about such a work. Memory, once waked, will play the tyrant. C S Lewis
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Because God created the Natural - invented it out of His love and artistry - it demands our reverence. C S Lewis
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Prayer does not change God; it changes me. C S Lewis
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You must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best C S Lewis
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The good man's past begins to change so that his forgiven sins and remembered sorrows take on the quality of Heaven. C S Lewis
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Believe in God like you believe in the sunrise. Not because you can see it, but because you can see all it touches. C S Lewis
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Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny. C S Lewis
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As to...old composers like Schubert or Beethoven, I imagine that, while modern music expresses both feeling, thought and imagination, they expressed pure feeling. And you know all day sitting at work, eating, walking, etc., you have hundreds of feelings that can't be put into words. And that is why I think that in a sense music is the highest of the arts, because it really begins where the others leave off. C S Lewis
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To be in love involves the most irresistible conviction that one will go on being in love until one dies, and that possession of the beloved will confer, not merely frequent ecstasies, but settled, fruitful, deep-rooted, lifelong happiness. C S Lewis
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It is wonderful what you can do when you have to. C S Lewis
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There is a difficulty about disagreeing with God. He is the source from which all your reasoning power comes: you could not be right and he wrong any more than a stream can rise higher than its own source. When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on. C S Lewis
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Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. C S Lewis
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And this is the marvel of marvels; that he called me Beloved. C S Lewis
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Isn't it funny the way some combinations of words can give you-almost apart from their meaning-a thrill like music? C S Lewis
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Gratitude exclaims, very properly, 'How good of God to give me this.' C S Lewis
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A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery. C S Lewis
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To live in a fully predictable world is not to be a man. C S Lewis
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I wonder if people who asked for God to intervene in our world, really know what they are asking. Will they want to be there when God really does intervene? C S Lewis
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But as for Lucy, she was always gay and golden-haired, and all princes in those parts desired her to be their Queen, and her own people called her Queen Lucy the Valiant. C S Lewis
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The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one! C S Lewis
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The Christian life is simply a process of having your natural self changed into a Christ self, and that this process goes on very far inside. One's most private wishes, one's point of view, are the things that have to be changed. C S Lewis
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One always feel better when one has made up one's mind. C S Lewis
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Thus we have now for many centuries triumphed over nature to the extent of making certain secondary characteristics of the male (such as the beard) disagreeable to nearly all the females-and there is more in that than you might suppose. C S Lewis
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It is usual to speak in a playfully apologetic tone about one's adult enjoyment of what are called 'children's books.' I think the convention a silly one. No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty-except, of course, books of information. The only imaginative works we ought to grow out of are those which it would have been better not to have read at all. A mature palate will probably not much care for creme de menthe: but it ought still to enjoy bread and butter and honey. C S Lewis
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Most of us are not really approaching the subject in order to find out what Christianity says; we are approaching it in the hope of finding support from Christianity for the views of our own party. C S Lewis
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Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask - half our great theological and metaphysical problems - are like that. C S Lewis
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The real test of being in the presence of God is, that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object. C S Lewis
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The change which the writing wrought in me (and of which I did not write) was only a beginning; only to prepare me for the gods' surgery. They used my own pen to probe my wound. C S Lewis
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I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been - if you've been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you - you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing is ever going to happen again. C S Lewis
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When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. C S Lewis
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Laziness means more work in the long run. C S Lewis
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Perhaps your own reiterated cries deafen you to the voice you hoped to hear C S Lewis
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The more imagination the reader has ... the more he will do for himself. He will, at a mere hint from the author, flood wretched material with suggestion and never guess that he is himself chiefly making what he enjoys. C S Lewis
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I mean, the more a man was in the Devil's power, the less he would be aware of it, on the principle that a man is still fairly sober as long as he knows he's drunk. C S Lewis
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Time is the very lens through which ye see - small and clear, as men see through the wrong end of a telescope - something that would otherwise be too big for ye to see at all. That thing is Freedom: the gift whereby ye most resemble your Maker and are yourselves parts of eternal reality. C S Lewis
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Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief. C S Lewis
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First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand. C S Lewis
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If you picture Time as a straight line along which we have to travel, then you must think of God as the whole page on which the line is drawn. C S Lewis
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That is the key to history. Terrific energy is expended - civilizations are built up - excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal flaw always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top, and then it all slides back into misery and ruin. In fact, the machine conks. It seems to start up all right and runs a few yards, and then it breaks down. C S Lewis
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If you could see humanity spread out in time, as God sees it, it would look like one single growing thing-rather like a very complicated tree. Every individual would appear connected with every other. C S Lewis
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[Something] does not rise to the dignity of error. C S Lewis
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To walk out of his will is to walk into nowhere. C S Lewis
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What we called love down there was mostly the craving to be loved. In the main I loved you for my own sake: because I needed you...We shall have no need for one another now: we can begin to love truly. C S Lewis
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The demand of the loveless and the self-imprisoned that they should be allowed to blackmail the universe: that till they consent to be happy (on their own terms) no one else shall taste joy: that theirs should be the final power; that Hell should be able to veto Heaven. C S Lewis
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A sensible human once said, If people knew how much ill-feeling unselfishness occasions, it would not be so often recommended from the pulpit; and again, She's the sort of woman who lives for others-you can always tell the others by their hunted expression. C S Lewis
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I fancy that most people who think at all have done a great deal of their thinking in the first fourteen years. C S Lewis
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