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C S Lewis
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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

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

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

Man must endure his going hence. C S Lewis

Christian love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will. C S Lewis

We hear a great deal about the rudeness of the rising generation. I am an oldster myself and might be expected to take the oldsters' side, but in fact I have been far more impressed by the bad manners of parents to children than by those of children to parents. C S Lewis

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth of falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn't you then first discover how much you really trusted it? C S Lewis

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

Ink is the great cure for all human ills. C S Lewis

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

Because God created the Natural - invented it out of His love and artistry - it demands our reverence. C S Lewis

Prayer does not change God; it changes me. C S Lewis

You must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best C S Lewis

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

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

Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny. C S Lewis

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

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

It is wonderful what you can do when you have to. C S Lewis

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

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

And this is the marvel of marvels; that he called me Beloved. C S Lewis

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

Gratitude exclaims, very properly, 'How good of God to give me this.' C S Lewis

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

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

But I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. But do not fear that, for I am the great Bridge Builder. C S Lewis

Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny. C S Lewis

Friendship exhibits a glorious "nearness by resemblance" to Heaven itself where the very multitude of the blessed (which no man can number) increases the fruition which each has of God. For every soul, seeing Him in her own way, doubtless communicates that unique vision to all the rest. That, says an old author, is why the Seraphim in Isaiah's vision are crying "Holy, Holy, Holy" to one another (Isaiah VI, 3). The more we thus share the Heavenly Bread between us, the more we shall all have. C S Lewis

...we sacrifice other species to our own not because our own has any objective metaphysical privilege over others, but simply because it is ours. It may be very natural to have this loyalty to our own species, but let us hear no more from the naturalists about the "sentimentality" of anti-vivisectionists. If loyalty to our own species - preference for man simply because we are men - is not sentiment, then what is? C S Lewis

The time when there is nothing at all in your soul except a cry for help may be just that time when God can't give it: you are like the drowning man who can't be helped because he clutches and grabs. Perhaps your own reiterated cries deafen you to the voice you hoped to hear. C S Lewis

If one has to choose between reading the new books and reading the old, one must choose the old: not because they are necessarily better but because they contain precisely those truths of which our own age is neglectful. C S Lewis

I think I am beginning to understand why grief feels like suspense. It comes from the frustration of so many impulses that had become habitual. Thought after thought feeling after feeling action after action had H. for their object. Now their target is gone. I keep on through habit fitting an harrow to the string then I remember and have to lay the bow down. So many roads lead through to H. I set out on one of them. But now there's an impassable frontier-post across it. So many roads once now so many culs de sac. C S Lewis

and a charge of lying against someone whom you have always found truthful is a very serious thing; a very serious thing indeed. C S Lewis

[Something] does not rise to the dignity of error. C S Lewis

No, I do' wish I knew Heaven was like the picture in my Great Divorce, because, if we knew that, we should know it was no better. The good things even of this world are far too good ever to be reached by imagination. Even the common orange, you know: no one could have imagined it before he tasted it. How much less Heaven. C S Lewis

I came alive when I started loving you. C S Lewis

I sometimes think that shame, mere awkward, senseless shame, does as much towards preventing good acts and straightforward happiness as any of our vices can do. C S Lewis

That thing is Freedom: the gift whereby ye most resemble your Maker and are yourselves part of eternal reality. C S Lewis

I can promise you none of these things. No sphere of usefulness; you are not needed there at all. No scope of your talents; only forgiveness for having perverted them. No atmosphere of inquiry, for I will bring you to the land not of questions but of answers, and you shall see the face of God. (pg 40) C S Lewis

He's wild, you know. Not like a tame lion. C S Lewis

We may not be able to get certainty, but we can get probability, and half a loaf is better than no bread. C S Lewis

We all agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it. C S Lewis

With my mother's death all settled happiness, all that was tranquil and reliable, disappeared from my life. There was to be much fun, many pleasures, many stabs of Joy; but no more of the old security. It was sea and islands now; the great continent had sunk like Atlantis. C S Lewis

If we insist on keeping Hell (or even Earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell. C S Lewis

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. C S Lewis

Perhaps your own reiterated cries deafen you to the voice you hoped to hear C S Lewis

If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house. C S Lewis

The value given to the testimony of any feeling must depend on our whole philosophy, not our whole philosophy on a feeling. C S Lewis

The prayer preceding all prayers is 'May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.' C S Lewis

Be good, sweet maid, and don't forget that this involves being as clever as you can. C S Lewis

Every story of conversion is the story of a blessed defeat. C S Lewis

You and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness. C S Lewis

The Eternal Being, who knows everything and who created the whole universe, became not only a man but (before that) a baby, and before that a fetus in a woman's body. C S Lewis

A woman means by Unselfishness chiefly taking trouble for others; a man means not giving trouble to others...thus, while the woman thinks of doing good offices and the man of respecting other people's rights, each sex, without any obvious unreason, can and does regard the other as radically selfish. C S Lewis

God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love. C S Lewis

Have you not seen that in our days Of any whose story, song or art Delights us, our sincerest praise Means, when all's said, 'You break my heart? C S Lewis

It is good that the window should be transparent, because the street or garden beyond it is opaque. How if you saw through the garden too? It is no use trying to 'see through' [everything]. If you see through everything, then everything is transparent. But a wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To 'see through' all things is the same as not to see. C S Lewis

One flesh. Or if you prefer, one ship. The starboard engine has gone. I, the port engine, must chug along somehow till we make harbour. Or rather, till the journey ends. C S Lewis

It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased. C S Lewis

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

Besides reasoning about matters of fact, men also make moral judgements. C S Lewis

I find that when I think I am asking God to forgive me I am often in reality. . . asking Him not to forgive me but to excuse me. C S Lewis

When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place [if we anticipate and look for it, rather than wallow in our 'supposed loss'. It can be helpful to think of the loss of that blessing as simply necessary to make way for another different blessing]. C S Lewis

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

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

To live in a fully predictable world is not to be a man. C S Lewis

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

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

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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