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All Quotes by author - C. S. Lewis
" Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. "
" Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. "
" Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don't implement promises, but keep them. "
" Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn't mean anything else. "
" 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. "
" A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride. "
" An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason. "
" Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare. "
" A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. "
" Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. "
" Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. "
" Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. "
" Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. "
" Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. "
" Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities. "
" 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. "
" Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us... While what we call 'our own life' remains agreeable, we will not surrender it to Him. What, then, can God do in our interests but make 'our own life' less agreeable to us, and take away the plausible sources of false happiness? "
" Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success. "
" Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. "
" God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. "
" Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. "
" History isn't just the story of bad people doing bad things. It's quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong. "
" How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete. "
" Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning. "
" If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons. "
" If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. "
" 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. "
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