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Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. C.S. LEWIS

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. C.S. LEWIS

A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest. C.S. LEWIS

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us. C.S. LEWIS



If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world. C.S. LEWIS
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No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. C.S. LEWIS

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 and beyond. C.S. LEWIS
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Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods. C.S. LEWIS

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one. C.S. LEWIS

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. C.S. LEWIS

If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed. C.S. LEWIS

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature. C.S. LEWIS

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. C.S. LEWIS

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. C.S. LEWIS

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. C.S. LEWIS

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably. C.S. LEWIS

Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither. 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

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.S. LEWIS

You can make anything by writing. C.S. LEWIS

The stamp of the Saint is that he can waive his own rights and obey the Lord Jesus. C.S. LEWIS

Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good. C.S. LEWIS

If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a wandering to find home, why should we not look forward to the arrival? C.S. LEWIS

We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, Blessed are they that morn. C.S. LEWIS

The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world. C.S. LEWIS

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. C.S. LEWIS

The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not. C.S. LEWIS

Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning... C.S. LEWIS

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. C.S. LEWIS
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As for wrinkles--Pshaw! Why shouldn't we have wrinkles? Honorable insignia of long service in this warfare. C.S. LEWIS
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The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us. C.S. LEWIS

If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world. C.S. LEWIS
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A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. C.S. LEWIS
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Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C.S. LEWIS
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It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence. 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. C.S. LEWIS
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We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. C.S. LEWIS
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God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker. C.S. LEWIS
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The thing is to rely on God. The time will come when you will regard all this misery as a small price to pay for having been brought to that dependence. Meanwhile, the trouble is that relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing has yet been done. C.S. LEWIS
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We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito. And the incognito is not always easy to penetrate. The real labor is to remember to attend. In fact to come awake. Still more to remain awake. C.S. LEWIS
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He's not safe, but he's good (referring to Aslan, the Lion, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) C.S. LEWIS

[God] will not be used as a convenience. Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of heaven as a shortcut to the nearest chemist's shop. C.S. LEWIS
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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.S. LEWIS

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival. C.S. LEWIS

Onward and Upward! To Narnia and the North! C.S. LEWIS

Be confident small immortals. You are not the only voice that all things utter, nor is there eternal silence in the places where you cannot come. C.S. LEWIS

[The decay of Logic results from an] untroubled assumption that the particular is real and the universal is not. C.S. LEWIS

When the voice of your friend or the page of your book sinks into democratic equality with the pattern of the wallpaper, the feel of your clothes, your memory of last night, and the noises from the road, you are falling asleep. The highly selective consciousness enjoyed by fully alert men, with all its builded sentiments and consecrated ideals, has as much to be called real as the drowsy chaos, and more. C.S. LEWIS
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A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest. C.S. LEWIS

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 and beyond. C.S. LEWIS
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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.S. LEWIS

I was with book, as a woman is with child. C.S. LEWIS

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. C.S. LEWIS
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When the voice of your friend or the page of your book sinks into democratic equality with the pattern of the wallpaper, the feel of your clothes, your memory of last night, and the noises from the road, you are falling asleep. The highly selective consciousness enjoyed by fully alert men, with all its builded sentiments and consecrated ideals, has as much to be called real as the drowsy chaos, and more. C.S. LEWIS
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The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us. C.S. LEWIS

Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning... C.S. LEWIS

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. C.S. LEWIS
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It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence. C.S. LEWIS
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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. C.S. LEWIS

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The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us. C.S. LEWIS

I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity. 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

Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have. So let us leave behind all these boys' philosophies--these over simple answers. The problem is not simple and the answer is not going to be simple either. C.S. LEWIS

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The safest road to hell is the gradual one -- the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. C.S. LEWIS

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. C.S. LEWIS

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. C.S. LEWIS
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Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C.S. LEWIS
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Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival. C.S. LEWIS

I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity. C.S. LEWIS

I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. C.S. LEWIS

I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy. C.S. LEWIS
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Make the choice adventurous stranger, strike the bell and bide the danger or wonder 'till it drives you mad what would have happened if you had. C.S. LEWIS

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done' and those to whom God says, 'All right, then, have it your way'. C.S. LEWIS

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. C.S. LEWIS

It is only when you are asked to believe in Reason coming from non-reason that you must cry Halt. Human minds. They do not come from nowhere. C.S. LEWIS

All that is not eternal is eternally out of date. C.S. LEWIS

I was with book, as a woman is with child. C.S. LEWIS

It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence. C.S. LEWIS
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There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. C.S. LEWIS

To love at all is to be vunerable. C.S. LEWIS

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. C.S. LEWIS
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We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be. C.S. LEWIS
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She's the sort of woman who lives for others - you can tell the others by their hunted expression. C.S. LEWIS

Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. C.S. LEWIS

Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege, of individuality. C.S. LEWIS

There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, Thy will be done, and those to whom God says, in the end, Thy will be done. All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened. C.S. LEWIS

Onward and Upward! To Narnia and the North! C.S. LEWIS

Heaven offers nothing that the mercenary soul can desire. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to. There are rewards that do not sully motives. A man's love for a woman is not mercenary because he wants to marry her, nor his love for poetry mercenary because he wants to read it, nor his love of exercise less disinterested because he wants to run and leap and walk. Love, by definition, seeks to enjoy its object. C.S. LEWIS

The fundamental laws are in the long run merely statements that every event is itself and not some different event. C.S. LEWIS

God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker. C.S. LEWIS
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I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia. C.S. LEWIS

Be confident small immortals. You are not the only voice that all things utter, nor is there eternal silence in the places where you cannot come. C.S. LEWIS

In reading Chesterton, as in reading MacDonald, I did not know what I was letting myself in for. A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere C.S. LEWIS

It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him. We must not use the Bible as a sort of encyclopedia out of which texts can be taken for use as weapons. C.S. LEWIS
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Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. C.S. LEWIS
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Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of a man he is? Surely what pops out before the man has time to put on a disguise is the truth? If there are rats in a cellar you are most likely to see them if you go in very suddenly. But the suddenness does not create the rats: it only prevents them from hiding. In the same way the suddenness of the provocation does not make me an ill-tempered man; it only shows me what an ill-tempered man I am. The rats are always there in the cellar, but if you go in shouting and noisily they will have taken cover before you switch on the light. C.S. LEWIS

Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they own their bodies -- those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another! C.S. LEWIS

A faith in culture is as bad as a faith in religion; both expressions imply a turning away from those very things which culture and religion are about. Culture as a collective name for certain very valuable activities is a permissible word; but culture hypostatized, set up on its own, made into a faith, a cause, a banner, a platform, is unendurable. For none of the activities in question cares a straw for that faith or cause. It is like a return to early Semitic religion where names themselves were regarded as powers. C.S. LEWIS

It is hard to have patience with people who say There is no death or Death doesn't matter. There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter. C.S. LEWIS
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All joy emphasises our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings. C.S. LEWIS

The proper motto is not Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever, but Be good sweet maid, and don't forget that this involves being as clever as you can. God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than any other slackers. C.S. LEWIS

I like bats much better than bureaucrats. I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of Admin. The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid dens of crime that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern. C.S. LEWIS
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What I like about experience is that it is such an honest thing. You may take any number of wrong turnings; but keep your eyes open and you will not be allowed to go very far before the warning signs appear. You may have deceived yourself, but experience is not trying to deceive you. The universe rings true wherever you fairly test it. C.S. LEWIS

Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adults 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.... 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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You ask whether I have ever been in love: fool as I am, I am not such a fool as that. But if one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business. But though I have no personal experience of the things they call love, I have what is better -- the experience of Sappho, of Euripides, of Catallus, of Shakespeare, of Spenser, of Austen, of Bronte, of anyone else I have read. C.S. LEWIS
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The thing is to rely on God. The time will come when you will regard all this misery as a small price to pay for having been brought to that dependence. Meanwhile, the trouble is that relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing has yet been done. C.S. LEWIS
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We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito. And the incognito is not always easy to penetrate. The real labor is to remember to attend. In fact to come awake. Still more to remain awake. C.S. LEWIS
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If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love. C.S. LEWIS
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To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket -- safe, dark, motionless, airless -- it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. C.S. LEWIS
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If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. 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

Humans are amphibians -- half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. C.S. LEWIS

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.... C.S. LEWIS

When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased. C.S. LEWIS
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There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them. C.S. LEWIS

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. C.S. LEWIS
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And Nothing is very strong: strong enough to steal away a man's best years not in sweet sins but in a dreary flickering of the mind over it knows not what and knows not why, in the gratification of curiosities so feeble that the man is only half aware of them, in drumming of fingers and kicking of heels, in whistling tunes that he does not like, or in the long, dim labyrinth of reveries that have not even lust or ambition to give them a relish, but which, once chance association has started them, the creature is too weak and fuddled to shake off. C.S. LEWIS

We can rest contentedly in our sins and in our stupidities, and anyone who has watched gluttons shoveling down the most exquisite foods as if they did not know what they were eating will admit that we can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C.S. LEWIS
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They tell me, Lord, that when I seemTo be in speech with you.Since but one voice is heard, it C.S. LEWIS

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. C.S. LEWIS

Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. 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
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But perhaps the most mysterious thing he ever said about it was this. I was questioning him on the subject C.S. LEWIS
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If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilised morality to savage morality. 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

[The decay of Logic results from an] untroubled assumption that the particular is real and the universal is not. C.S. LEWIS

When the voice of your friend or the page of your book sinks into democratic equality with the pattern of the wallpaper, the feel of your clothes, your memory of last night, and the noises from the road, you are falling asleep. The highly selective consciousness enjoyed by fully alert men, with all its builded sentiments and consecrated ideals, has as much to be called real as the drowsy chaos, and more. C.S. LEWIS
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The human heart is not unchanging (nay, changes almost out of recognition in the twinkling of an eye)... C.S. LEWIS
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To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. C.S. LEWIS
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It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out. C.S. LEWIS

Don't say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers Please will you do the job for me. C.S. LEWIS
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To the glistening eastern sea, I give you Queen Lucy the Valiant. To the great western woods, King Edmund the Just. To the radiant southern sun, Queen Susan the Gentle. And to the clear northern skies, I give you King Peter the Magnificent. Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia. May your wisdom grace us until the stars rain down from the heavens. C.S. LEWIS

Reality, in fact, is usually something you could not have guessed. That is one of the reasons I believe Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed. If it offered us just the kind of universe we had always expected, I should feel we were making it up. But, in fact, it is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has just that queer twist about it that real things have. So let us leave behind all these boys' philosophies--these over simple answers. The problem is not simple and the answer is not going to be simple either. C.S. LEWIS

He's not safe, but he's good (referring to Aslan, the Lion, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) C.S. LEWIS

Nothing is yet in its true form. C.S. LEWIS
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[God] will not be used as a convenience. Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of heaven as a shortcut to the nearest chemist's shop. C.S. LEWIS
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He'll be coming and going he had said. One day you'll see him and another you won't. He doesn't like being tied down--and of course he has other countries to attend to. It's quite all right. He'll often drop in. Only you mustn't press him. He's wild, you know. Not like a tame lion. C.S. LEWIS
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I never exactly made a book. It's rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say. C.S. LEWIS

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. C.S. LEWIS

I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of Admin. The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid dens of crime that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern. [From the Preface] C.S. LEWIS


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