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#19919 C. S. Lewis

Only the skilled can judge the skilfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about value
#19920 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 Quotes about believe
#19921 C. S. Lewis

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 Quotes about fear
#19922 C. S. Lewis

I have at last come to the end of the : and though I say "at last", I almost wish he had lived to write six books more as he had hoped to do — so much have I enjoyed it. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about hope
#19923 C. S. Lewis

The man is a humbug — a vulgar, shallow, self-satisfied mind, absolutely inaccessible to the complexities and delicacies of the real world. He has the journalist's air of being a specialist in everything, of taking in all points of view and being always on the side of the angels: he merely annoys a reader who has the least experience of knowing things, of what knowing is like. There is not two pence worth of real thought or real nobility in him. But he isn't dull… .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about mind
#19924 C. S. Lewis

For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about truth
#19927 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. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about science
#19928 C. S. Lewis

I believe Buddhism to be a simplification of Hinduism and Islam to be a simplification of Xianity. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about believe
#19929 C. S. Lewis

It isHimself, not the Bible, who is the trueof . The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about self
#19930 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. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. 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 Quotes about life
#19931 C. S. Lewis

As image and apprehension are in organic unity, so, for a Christian, are human body and human soul. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about soul
#19932 C. S. Lewis

The chief pleasure of his life in these days was to go down the road and look through the window in the wall in the hope of seeing the beautiful Island. … the sight of the Island and the sounds became very rare … and the yearning for the sight … became so terrible that John thought he would die if he did not have them again soon. … it came into his head that he might perhaps get the old feeling-for what, he thought, had the Island ever given him but a feeling?-by imagining. He shut his eyes and set his teeth again and made a picture of the Island in his mind. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about life
#19933 C. S. Lewis

He begins to think for himself and meets Nineteenth-century Rationalism Which can explain away religion by any number of methods . .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about religion
#19934 C. S. Lewis

If you make the same guess often enough it ceases to be a guess and becomes a Scientific Fact. This is the inductive method. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about you
#19935 C. S. Lewis

He came in sight of a pass guarded by armed men. ‘you cannot pass … Do you not know that all this country belongs to the Spirit of the Age? … Here Enlightenment, take this fugitive to our Master.’ .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about men
#19936 C. S. Lewis

Then I dreamed that one day there was nothing but milk for them and the jailer said as he put down the pipkin: ‘Our relations with the cow are not delicate-as you can easily see if you imagine eating any of her other secretions.’ … John said, ‘Thank heavens! Now at last I know that you are talking nonsense. You are trying to pretend that unlike things are like. You are trying to make us think that milk is the same sort of thing as sweat or dung.’ ‘And pray, what difference is there except by custom?’ ‘Are you a liar or only a fool, that you see no difference between that which Nature casts out as refuse and that which she stores up as food?’ .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about dream
#19937 C. S. Lewis

‘Try now to answer my third riddle. By what rule to you tell a copy from an original?’ .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about you
#19938 C. S. Lewis

‘you must see that if two things are alike, then it is a further question whether the first is copied from the second, or the second from the first, or both from a third.’ ‘Some that thought that all these loves were copies of our love for the landlord.’ .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about love
#19939 C. S. Lewis

‘The Spirit of the Age wishes to allow argument and not to allow argument. … If anyone argues with them they say that he is rationalizing his own desires, and therefore need not be answered. But if anyone listens to them they will then argue themselves to show that their own doctrines are true. … You must ask them whether any reasoning is valid or not. If they say no, then their own doctrines, being reached by reasoning, fall to the ground. If they say yes, then they will have to examine your arguments and refute them on their merits: for if some reasoning is valid, for all they know, your bit of reasoning may be one of the valid bits.’ .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about men
#19940 C. S. Lewis

John-I’m trying to find the Island in the West. Sensible – You refer, no doubt to some aesthetic experience. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about experience
#19941 C. S. Lewis

I am sorry that my convictions do not allow me to repeat my friend’s offer, said one of the others. But I have had to abandon the humanitarian and egalitarian fancies. His name was Mr. Neo-Classical. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about man
#19942 C. S. Lewis

I hope, said the third, that your wanderings in lonely places do not mean that you have any of the romantic virus still in your blood. His name was Mr. Humanist. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about hope
#19943 C. S. Lewis

Mr. Neo-Angular – I am doing my duty. My ethics are based on dogma, not on feeling. Vertue-I know that a rule is to be obeyed because it is a rule and not because it appeals to my feelings at the moment. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about men
#19944 C. S. Lewis

Savage-There is only one way fit for a man – Heroism, or Master-Morality, or Violence. All the other people in between are ploughing the sand. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about people
#19945 C. S. Lewis

Wisdom: The first error is that of the southern people, and it consists in holding that these eastern and western places are real places. … give no quarter to that thought, whether it threatens you with fear, or tempts you with hopes. For this is Superstition and all who believe it will come in the end to the swamps to the south and the jungles to the far south. Part of the same error is to think that the Landlord is a real man: .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about hope
#19946 C. S. Lewis

But supposing one tries to live by Pantheistic philosophy? Does it lead to a complacent Hegelian optimism? .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about philosophy
#19947 C. S. Lewis

Then he tried to recall the lessons of Mr. Wisdom. “it is I myself, eternal Spirit, who drives this Me, the slave, along that ledge. I ought not to care whether he falls and breaks his neck or not. It is not he that is real, it is I – I – I. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about self
#19948 C. S. Lewis

The wraith of Sigmund said. “You know what this is, I suppose. Religious melancholia. Stop while there is time. If you dive, you dive into insanity.” .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about time
#19949 C. S. Lewis

Mr. Sensible learned only catchwords from them. He could talk like Epicurus of spare diet, but he was a glutton. He had from Montaigne the language of friendship, but no friend. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about friendship
#19950 C. S. Lewis

The Guide sang: Nearly they stood who fall; Themselves as they look back See always in the track The one false step, where all Even yet, by lightest swerve Of foot not yet enslaved, By smallest tremor of the smallest nerve, Might have been saved. Nearly they fell who stand, And with cold after fear Look back to mark how near They grazed the Siren’s land, Wondering that subtle fate, By threads so spidery fine, The choice of ways so small, the event so great, Should thus entwine. Therefore oh, man, have fear Lest oldest fears be true, Lest thou too far pursue The road that seems so clear, And step, secure, a hair-breadth bourne, Which, being once crossed forever unawares, Denies return. .

C. S. Lewis Quotes about fear

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