Quotes by C S Lewis

quotes by C S Lewis

Best 2011 Quotes by C S Lewis

you are never too ol quote by c s lewis

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

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a man can no more di quote by 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.

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it may be hard for a quote by c s lewis

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

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friendship is unnece quote by 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.

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some people feel gui quote by c s lewis

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

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The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.

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Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

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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.'

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What I call my 'self' now is hardly a person at all. It's mainly a meeting place for various natural forces, desires, and fears, etcetera, some of which come from my ancestors, and some from my education, some perhaps from devils. The self you were really intended to be is something that lives not from nature but from God.

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Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

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No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.

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

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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?

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Nothing is more dangerous to one's own faith than the work of an apologist. No doctrine of that faith seems to me so spectral, so unreal as one that I have just successfully defended in a public debate.

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

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

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Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.

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Joy is the serious business of Heaven.

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Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.

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An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.

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This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.

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Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.

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I'm tall, fat, rather bald, red-faced, double-chinned, black-haired, have a deep voice, and wear glasses for reading.

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What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.

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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.

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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.

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You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.

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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.

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

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

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We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

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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.

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Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.

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The Lion' all began with a picture of a faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself, 'Let's try to make a story about it.'

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A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.

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When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you'd been the only man in the world.

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Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ, and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.

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

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I gave in, and admitted that God was God.

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There is no uncreated being except God. God has no opposite.

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Satan, the leader or dictator of devils, is the opposite, not of God, but of Michael.

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Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.

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I enjoy writing fiction more than writing anything else. Wouldn't anyone?

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Grief gives life a permanently provisional feeling. It doesn't seem worth starting anything. I can't settle down. I yawn, I fidget, I smoke too much. Up till this I always had too little time. Now there is nothing but time. Almost pure time, empty successiveness.

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One of the most dangerous of literary ventures is the little, shy, unimportant heroine whom none of the other characters value. The danger is that your readers may agree with the other characters.

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He had turned into a dragon while he was asleep. Sleeping on a dragon's hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself.

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The home is the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose, and that is to support the ultimate career.

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We do not want merely to see beautywe want something else which can hardly be put into words- to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. That is why we have peopled air and earth and water with gods and goddesses, and nymphs and elves.

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this is a book about something

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Every Christian would agree that a man's spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God.

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I think He made one law of that kind in order that there might be obedience. In all these other matters what you call obeying Him is but doing what seems good in your own eyes also. Is love content with that?

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When we carry out our religious duties we are like people digging channels in a waterless land, in order that when at last water comes, it may find them ready.

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Man with his new powers became rich like Midas but all that he touched had gone dead and cold.

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And he writhed inside at what seemed the cruelty and unfairness of the demand. He had not yet learned that if you do one good deed your reward usually is to do another and harder and better one.

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In our world, said Eustace, a star is a huge ball of flaming gas.Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is, but only what it is made of.

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The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.

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The human heart is not unchanging (nay, changes almost out of recognition in the twinkling of an eye)

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The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart.

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The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.

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No emotion is, in itself, a judgement; in that sense all emotions and sentiments are alogical. but they can be reasonable or unreasonable as they conform to Reason or fail to conform. The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.

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Courtship is the time for sowing those seeds which grow up ten years later into domestic hatred.

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The general rule which we have pretty much established among them is that in all experiences which can make them happier or better only the physical facts are 'real' while the spiritual elements are 'subjective'; in all experiences which can discourage or corrupt them the spiritual elements are the main reality and to ignore them is to be an escapist.

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All is summed up in the prayer which a young female human is said to have uttered recently: "O God, make me a normal twentieth-century girl!" Thanks to our labors, this will mean increasingly: "Make me a minx, a moron, and a parasite.

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The castle of Cair Paravel on its little hill towered up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and seaweed, and the smell of the sea and long miles of bluish-green waves breaking for ever and ever on the beach. And oh, the cry of the seagulls! Have you ever heard it? Can you remember?

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I hope I do not offend God by making my Communions in the frame of mind I have been describing. The command, after all, was Take, eat: not Take, understand.

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Be comforted, small one, in your smallness. He lays no merit on you. Receive and be glad.

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We (modern society) make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful."

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We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst."

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While we are actually subjected to them, the 'moods' and 'spirits' of nature point no morals. Overwhelming gaiety, insupportable grandeur, sombre desolation are flung at you. Make what you can of them, if you must make at all. The only imperative that nature utters is, 'Look. Listen. Attend."

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Our struggle is--isn't it?--to achieve and retain faith on a lower level. To believe that there is a Listener at all. For as the situation grows more and more desperate, the grisly fears intrude. Are we only talking to ourselves in an empty universe? The silence is often so emphatic. And we have prayed so much already"

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Whatever else humanism is, it is emphatically not a movement towards freedom and expansion. It is the impulse of men who feel themselves simple, rustic, and immature, towards sophistication, urbanity, and ripeness. In a word, it is the most complete opposite we can find to the Romantic desire for the primitive and the spontaneous."

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All the rabbit in us is to disappear-the worried, conscientious, ethical rabbit as well as the cowardly and sensual rabbit. We shall bleed and squeal as the handfuls of fur come out; and then, surprisingly, we shall find underneath it a thing we have never yet imagined: a real Man, an ageless god, a son of God, strong, radiant, wise, beautiful, and drenched in joy."

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How could an idiotic universe have produced creatures whose mere dreams are so much stronger, better, subtler than itself?"

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I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?"

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I ended my first book with the words 'no answer.' I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice? Only words, words; to be led out to battle against other words."

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Life...is as habit forming as cocaine."

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In the same way a Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man is enabled to repent and pick himself up and begin over again after each stumble--because the Christ-life is inside him, repairing him all the time, enabling him to repeat (in some degree) the kind of voluntary death which Christ Himself carried out." - Mere Christianity"

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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.

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Music. A meaningless acceleration in the rhythm of celestial experience.

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The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all the other kinds of union which were intended to go along with it and make up the total union.

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Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

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Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.

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Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

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Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different...

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We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it.

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He didn't call his father and mother 'Father' and 'Mother' but Harold and Alberta. They were very up to date and advanced people. They were vegetarians, non-smokers and teetotalers, and wore a special kind of underclothes. In their house there was very little furniture and very few clothes on the beds and the windows were always open.

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The death of a beloved is an amputation.

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When Catholicism goes bad it becomes the religion of amulets and holy places and priestcraft: Protestantism, in its corresponding decay, becomes a vague mist of ethical platitudes

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There is one bit of advice given us by the ancient Greeks, and by the Jews in the Old Testament, and by the great Christian teachers of the Middle Ages, which the modern economic system has completely disobeyed. All these people told us not to lend money at interest; and lending money at interest - what we call investment - is the basis of our whole system.

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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.

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If we discover a desire within us that nothing in this world can satisfy, also we should begin to wonder if perhaps we were created for another world.

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Through pride the devil became the devil. Pride leads to every vice, it's the complete anti-God state of mind.

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There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.

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I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to "rejoice" as much as by anything else

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For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men.

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Even when I feared and detested Christianity, I was struck by its essential unity, which, in spite of its divisions, it has never lost. I trembled on recognizing the same unmistakable aroma coming from the writings of Dante and Bunyan, Thomas Aquinas and William Law.

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For they (art and music) are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.

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The only way to drive out bad culture is to create good culture. We need to recognize that artistic talent is a gift from the Lord - and that developing those talents is the only way to create good culture.

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Morality is a mountain which we cannot climb by our own efforts; and if we could we should only perish in the ice and unbreathable air of the summit, lacking those wings with which the rest of the journey has to be accomplished. For it is from there that the real ascent begins. The ropes and axes are 'done away' and the rest is a matter of flying.

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Remember He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can't see it. So quietly submit to be painted---i.e., keep fulfilling all the obvious duties of your station (you really know quite well enough what they are!), asking forgiveness for each failure and then leaving it alone.You are in the right way. Walk---don't keep on looking at it.

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You must ask for God's help. Even when you have done so, it may seem to you for a long time that no help, or less help than you need, is being given. Never mind. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again.

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We are forbidden to neglect the assembling of ourselves together. Christianity is already institutional in the earliest of its documents. The Church is the Bride of Christ. We are members of one another.

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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.

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Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist.

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We 'have all we want' is a terrible saying when 'all' does not include God. We find God an interruption. As St. Augustine says somewhere, 'God wants to give us something, but cannot, because our hands are full - there's nowhere for Him to put it.'

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Every poet and musician and artist, but for grace, is drawn away from love of the things he tells to love of the telling...

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It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.

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Badness is only spoiled goodness.

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When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less.

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Goodness is, so to speak, itself; badness is only spoiled goodness. And there must be something good first before it can be spoiled.

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In those days Mr. Sherlock Holmes was still living in Baker Street and the Bastables were looking for treasure in the Lewisham Road.

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Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.

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A society where the simple many obey the few seers can live; a society where all were seers could live even more fully. But a society where the mass is still simple and the seers are no longer attended to can achieve only superficiality, baseness, ugliness, and in the end extinction. On or back we must go: to stay here is death.

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I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. It doesn't change God - it changes me.

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Those who put themselves in His hands will become perfect, as He is perfect- perfect in love, wisdom, joy, beauty, health, and immortality. The change will not be completed in this life, for death is an important part of the treatment. How far the change will have gone before death in any particular Christian is uncertain.

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

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There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

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I am suffering incessant temptations to uncharitable thoughts at present; one of those black moods in which nearly all one's friends seem to be selfish or even false. And how terrible that there should be even a kind of pleasure in thinking evil.

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The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.

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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.

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Bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.

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Even the best Christian that ever lived is not acting on his own steam--he is only nourishing or protecting a life he could never have acquired by his own efforts.

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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.

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If minds are wholly dependent on brains and brains on biochemistry, and biochemistry (in the long run) on the meaningless flux of the atoms, I cannot understand how the thought of those minds should have any more significance than the sound of the wind in the trees.

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Hell begins with a grumbling mood, always complaining, always blaming others.

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When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.

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Sanity ... had it ever been more than a convention -- a comfortable set of blinkers, an agreed mode of wishful thinking, which excluded from our view the full strangeness and malevolence of the universe we are compelled to inhabit?

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I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.

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It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.

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Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

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Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine.

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There is no good trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it.

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Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.

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He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart

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It's not a question of God 'sending' us to Hell. In each of us there is something growing up which will of itself be Hell unless it is nipped in the bud.

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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.

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Now sir, said the bulldog in his business-like way. 'Are you a animal, vegetable, or mineral?' - The Magician's Nephew

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It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

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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.

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The Scotch catechism says that man's chief end is 'to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.' But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.

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When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

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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.

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Those who tread 'adult' as a term of approval cannot hope to be considered adult themselves. When I became a man I put away childish things, along with the desire to be very grown up.

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You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another.

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Christ, who said to the disciples, 'You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,' can truly say to every group of Christian friends, 'You have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.'

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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.

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Dyson and Tolkien were the immediate human causes of my conversion. Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?

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Is any pleasure on Earth as great as a circle of Christian friends?

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

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Love...is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriages) the grace which both partners ask, and receive, from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.

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Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.

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The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God.

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Do not cite the Deep Magic to me, Witch. I was there when it was written.

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When He [God] talks of their losing their selves, He means only abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.

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The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.

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The world does not consist of 100 percent Christians and 100 percent non-Christians. There are people (a great many of them) who are slowly ceasing to be Christians but who still call themselves by that name: some of them are clergymen. There are other people who are slowly becoming Christians though they do not yet call themselves so.

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Who can endure a doctrine which would allow only dentists to say whether our teeth were aching, only cobblers to say whether our shoes hurt us, and only governments to tell us whether we were being well governed?

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All men alike stand condemned, not by alien codes of ethics, but by their own, and all men therefore are conscious of guilt.

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The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God's love for us does not.

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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.

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Good and evil both increase at compound interest.

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Good and evil increase at compound interest. That's why the little decisions we make every day are of infinite importance.

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A society in which conjugal infidelity is tolerated must always be in the long run a society adverse to women.

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Surely you know that if a man can't be cured of churchgoing, the next best thing is to send him all over the neighbourhood looking for the church that "suits" him until he becomes a taster or connoisseur of churches.

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Love is the great conqueror of lust.

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God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains.

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Nobody who gets enough food and clothing in a world where most are hungry and cold has any business to talk about 'misery.'

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The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs.

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Really great moral teachers never do introduce new moralities: it is quacks and cranks who do that.

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The humblest praise most, while cranks & malcontents praise least. Praise almost seems to be inner health made audible

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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.

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It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion.

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The Christian "doctrines" are translations into our concepts and ideas of that which God has already expressed in language more adequate, namely the actual incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection

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You're a mere chick. I remember you when you were a egg. Don't come trying to teach me, sir. Crabs and crumpets!

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Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future. Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment 'as to the Lord.' It is only our daily bread that we are encouraged to ask for. The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received.

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If you have once accepted Christianity, then some of its main doctrines shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why daily prayers and religious reading and churchgoing are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed.

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But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, "Courage, dear heart," and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan's, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.

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It is a dreadful truth that the state of having to depend solely on God is what we all dread most.... It is good of Him to force us; but dear me, how hard to feel that it is good at the time.

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You cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

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You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage but He is building a palace. He intends to come & live in it Himself

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Need-love says of a woman, "I cannot live without her"; Gift-love longs to give her happiness, comfort, protection...appreciative love gazes and holds its breath and is silent, rejoices that such a wonder should exist even if not for him, will not be wholly dejected by losing her, would rather have it so than never to have seen her at all.

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The knight is a man of blood and iron, a man familiar with the sight of smashed faces and the ragged stumps of lopped-off limbs; he is also a demure, almost a maidenlike, guest in hall, a gentle, modest, unobtrusive man. He is not a compromise or happy mean between ferocity and meekness; he is fierce to the nth and meek to the nth.

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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.

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The devil loves 'curing' a small fault by giving you a great one.

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What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God's eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when he catches us, as it were, off our guard.

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The Christian and the Materialist hold different beliefs about the universe. They can't both be right. The one who is wrong will act in a way which simply doesn't fit the real universe. Consequently, with the best will in the world, he will be helping his fellow creatures to their destruction.

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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.

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Emerson said, Do you love me? means Do you see the same truth?-Or at least, "Do you care about the same truth?

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We want not so much a Father but a grandfather in heaven, a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, 'What does it matter so long as they are contented?

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Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.

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Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water...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.

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The basic proposal of the new education is to be that dunces and idlers must not be made to feel inferior to intelligent and industrious pupils. That would be 'undemocratic.

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And since we cannot deceive the whole human race all the time, it is most important thus to cut every generation off from all others; for where learning makes a free commerce between the ages there is always the danger that the characteristic errors of one may be corrected by the characteristic truths of another.

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Here the whole world (stars, water, air, And field, and forest, as they were Reflected in a single mind) Like cast off clothes was left behind In ashes, yet with hopes that she, Re-born from holy poverty, In lenten lands, hereafter may Resume them on her Easter Day." (Epitaph for Joy Gresham)

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Life isn't all fricasseed frogs and eel pie.

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Let's pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.

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Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything. But no, that is not quite accurate. There is one place where her absence comes locally home to me, and it is a place I can't avoid. I mean my own body. It had such a different importance while it was the body of H.'s lover. Now it's like an empty house.

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

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Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh error and fresh sin flowing on to the end of time.

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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.

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We seek an enlargement of our being. We want to be more than ourselves . . . We want to see with other eyes, to imagine with other imaginations, to feel with other hearts, as well as with our own . . . We demand windows.

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We must perpetually try to distinguish, however closely they get entwined by the subtle nature of the facts and by the secret importunity of our passions, those attitudes in a writer which we can honestly and confidently condemn as real evils, and those qualities in his writing which simply annoy and offend us as men of taste.

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Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

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Better to be miserable with her than happy without her. Let our hearts break provided they break together. If the voice within us does not say this it is not the voice of Eros.

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Those who cannot conceive of Friendship as a substantive love but only as a disguise or elaboration of Eros betray the fact that they have never had a Friend.

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As Venus within Eros does not really aim at pleasure, so Eros does not aim at happiness. We may think he does, but when he is brought to the test it proves otherwise... For it is the very mark of Eros that when he is in us we had rather share unhappiness with the Beloved than be happy on any other terms.

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No one can say 'He jests at scars who never felt a wound' for I have never for one moment been in a state of mind to which even the imagination of serious pain was less than intolerable. If any man is safe from the danger of under-estimating this adversary, I am that man.

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All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.

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With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.

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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.

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Extraordinary things only happen to extraordinary people. Maybe it's a sign that you've got an extraordinary destiny--something greater than you could've imagined.

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This is the land of Narnia,' said the Faun, 'where we are now; all that lies between the lamp-post and the great castle of Cair Paravel on the eastern sea.

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The dangers of apparent self-sufficiency explain why Our Lord regards the vices of the feckless and dissipated so much more leniently than the vices that lead to worldly success.

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Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

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Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than a minority of them - never become even conscious of them all.

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The people with very hard problems are understood by God. He knows what wretched machines they are trying to drive. Some day he will fling them away and give those people new ones; then they may astonish everyone, for they learned their driving in a hard school. Some of the last will be first and some of the first will be last.

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On the back of Satan's neck is a nail scarred footprint.

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Humility is self-forgetfulness.

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To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.

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Forgiving and being forgiven are two names for the same thing. The important thing is that a discord has been resolved.

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He who has not forgiven an enemy has never yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.

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For his mind was full of forlorn hopes, death-or-glory charges, and last stands.

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Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.

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The central Christian belief is that Christ's death has somehow put us right with God and given us a fresh start.

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The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career.

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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 . . ."

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The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

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No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that 'In the beginning God made Heaven and Earth'.

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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.

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In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not.

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For most of us the prayer in Gethsemane is the only model. Removing mountains can wait.

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If one could run without getting tired I don't think one would often want to do anything else.

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

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Until you have given up yourself to Him, you will not have a real self.

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It is the magician's bargain: give up our soul, get power in return. But once our souls, that is, ourselves, have been given up, the power thus conferred will not belong to us. We shall in fact be the slaves and puppets of that to which we have given our souls.

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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.

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In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.

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There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations--these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.

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Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again.

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I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.

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God is love, and that love works through men-especially through the whole community of Christians.

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God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them.

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God loves us NOT because we're lovable, because He is love. Not because He needs to receive, because He delights to give.

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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.

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

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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.

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Many things, such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly - are done worst when we try hardest to do them.

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It is in their 'good' characters that novelists make, unawares, the most shocking self- revelations.

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Love is unselfishly choosing for another's highest good.

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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.

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Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.

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To be ignorant and simple now-not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground-would be to throw down our weapons and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.

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Ideally, we should like to define a good book as one which 'permits, invites, or compels' good reading

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As long as you notice, and have to count the steps, you are not yet dancing but only learning to dance. A good shoe is a shoe you don't notice. Good reading becomes possible when you need not conciously think about eyes, or light, or print, or spelling. The perfect church service would be the one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God.

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I expect you have seen someone put a a lighted match to a bit of newspaper which is propped up in a grate against an unlit fire. And for a second nothing seems to have happened; and then you notice a tiny steak of flame creeping along the edged of the newspaper. It was like that now.

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Meanwhile, little people like you and me, if our prayers are sometimes granted, beyond all hope and probability, had better not draw hasty conclusions to our own advantage. If we were stronger, we might be less tenderly treated. If we were braver, we might be sent, with far less help, to defend far more desperate posts in the great battle.

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In great literature, I become a thousand different men but still remain myself.

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But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.

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Kids like us don't often have the chance of meeting a great warrior like you. Would you have a little fencing match with me? It would be frightfully decent.

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No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.

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Sleeping on a dragon's hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself.

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God wants a child's heart and a grownup's head.

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There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.

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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.

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The only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. Our charities should pinch and hamper us. If we live at the same level of affluence as other people who have our level of income, we are probably giving away too little.

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It is a happy moment when our desire crosses with the will of Heavenly Father.

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The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.

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Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair.

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Something deep in the human heart breaks at the thought of a life of mediocrity.

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At least he went on saying this till Aslan had loaded him up with three dwarfs, one dryad, two rabbits, and a hedgehog, that steadied him a bit.

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We have had enough, once and for all, of Hedonism--the gloomy philosophy which says that Pleasure is the only good.

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The hills and valleys of Heaven will be to those you now experience not as a copy is to an original, nor as the substitute is to the genuine article, but as the flower to the root, or the diamond to the coal.

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Believing things on authority only means believing them because you have been told them by someone you think trustworthy. Ninety-nine per cent of the things you believe are believed on authority... Every historical event in the world is believed on authority. None of us has seen the Norman Conquest or the defeat of the Armada.

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Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it.

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That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realized it before or not. Now, today, this moment, is out chance to chose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It will not last forever. We must take it or leave it.

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Homemaking is surely in reality the most important work in the world.

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Is there a difference between a man who thinks that honesty is the best policy, and an honest man?

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No one can teach riding so well as a horse.

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The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.

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Notice how we are perpetually surprised at Time. ('How time flies! Fancy John being grown-up and married! I can hardly believe it!') In heavens name, why? Unless, indeed, there is something in us which is not temporal.

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The human spirit will not even begin to try to surrender self-will as long as all seems to be well with it. Now error and sin both have this property, that the deeper they are the less their victim suspects their existence; they are masked evil. Pain is unmasked, unmistakable evil; every man knows that something is wrong when he is being hurt.

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It is by human avarice or human stupidity, not by the churlishness of nature, that we have poverty and overwork.

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The next moment is as much beyond our grasp, and as much in God's care, as that a hundred years away. Care for the next minute is as foolish as care for a day in the next thousand years. In neither can we do anything, in both God is doing everything.

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I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.

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I care far more how humanity lives than how long. Progress, for me, means increasing goodness and happiness of individual lives. For the species, as for each man, mere longevity seems to me a contemptible ideal.

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Did I hate him, then? Indeed, I believe so. A love like that can grow to be nine-tenths hatred and still call itself love.

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When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.

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That raises a terrible question. How is it that people who are quite obviously eaten up with Pride can say they believe in God and appear to themselves very religious? I am afraid it means they are worshiping an imaginary God.

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Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.

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It will not bother me in the hour of death to reflect that I have been "had for a sucker" by any number of imposters but it would be a torment to know that one had refused even one person in need.

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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.

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In a civilization like ours, I feel that everyone has to come to terms with the claims of Jesus Christ upon his life, or else be guilty of inattention or of evading the question.

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The central miracle asserted by Christians is the incarnation. They say that God became man.

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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.

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How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.

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Those who do not think about their own sins make up for it by thinking incessantly about the sins of others.

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Delight is incomplete until it is expressed.

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When we see the face of God we shall know that we have always known it. He has been a party to, has made, sustained and moved moment by moment within, all our earthly experiences of innocent love.

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Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.

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The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life -- the life God is sending one day by day.

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The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one's life.

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We who defend Christianity find ourselves constantly opposed not by the irreligion of our headers but by their real religion.

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God is not a static thing...but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.

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A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn't be a great moral teacher. He'd be either a lunatic on a level with a man who says he's a poached egg or else he'd be the devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.

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For you will certainly carry out God's purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.

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Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it.

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I am struck here by the curious mixture of justice and injustice in our lives. We are blamed for our real faults but usually not on the right occasions.

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Welcome, Prince,' said Aslan. 'Do you feel yourself sufficient to take up the Kingship of Narnia?' I - I don't think I do, Sir,' said Caspian. 'I am only a kid.' Good,' said Aslan. 'If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been proof that you were not.

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A concentrated mind and a sitting body make for better prayer than a kneeling body and a mind half asleep.

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You do not fail in obedience through lack of love, but you have lost love because you never attempted obedience.

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...the sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal, or two friends talking over a pint of beer, or a man alone reading a book that interests him..." - C.S. Lewis: Weight of Glory

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You cannot make men good by law: and without good men you cannot have a good society.

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we follow One who stood and wept at the grave of Lazarus-not surely, because He was grieved that Mary and Martha wept, and sorrowed for their lack of faith (though some thus interpret) but because death, the punishment of sin, is even more horrible in his eyes than in ours.

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What we learn from experience depends on the kind of philosophy we bring to experience.

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God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.

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This is my endlessly recurrent temptation: to go down to that Sea, and there neither dive nor swim nor float, but only dabble and splash, careful not to get out of my depth and holding on to the lifeline which connects me with my things temporal.

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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.

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This was bad grammar of course, but that is how beavers talk when they are excited; I mean, in Narnia--in our world they usually don't talk at all. - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

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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)

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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.

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Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever?

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When I lay these questions before God I get no answer. But a rather special sort of 'No answer.' It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like, 'Peace, child; you don't understand.

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The continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.

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There might be things more terrible even than losing someone you love by death.

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Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.

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The choice of every lost soul can be expressed in the words "Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven." There is always something they insist on keeping, even at the price of misery.

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We must beware of the Past, mustn't we? I mean that any fixing of the mind on old evils beyond what is absolutely necessary for repenting our own sins and forgiving those of others is certainly useless and usually bad for us. Notice in Dante that the lost souls are entirely concerned with their past! Not so the saved.

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Unsatisfied desire is in itself more desirable than any other satisfaction.

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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.

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Lust is a poor, weak, whimpering, whispering thing compared with that richness and energy of desire which will arise when lust has been killed.

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Many things have gone wrong with the world that God made and... God insists, and insists very loudly, on our putting them right again

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If Christianity was something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not.

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The desire for bad art is the desire bred of habit: like the smoker's desire for tobacco, more marked by the extreme malaise of denial than by any very strong delight in fruition.

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If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don't feel at home there?

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Devils are depicted with bats' wings and good angels with birds' wings, not because anyone holds that moral deterioration would be likely to turn feathers into membrane, but because most men like birds better than bats.

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Mercy detached from justice grows unmerciful.

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We can never know what might have been but what is to come is another matter entirely

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Death and resurrection are what the story is about and had we but eyes to see it, this has been hinted on every page, met us, in some disguise, at every turn, and even been muttered in conversations between such minor characters (if they are minor characters) as the vegetables.

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This moment contains all moments.

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The cross comes before the crown and tomorrow is a Monday morning!

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When you invite a middle-aged moralist to address you, I suppose I must conclude that you have a taste for middle-aged moralizing.

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It's all love or sex these days. Friendship is almost as quaint and outdated a notion as chastity. Soon friends will be like the elves and the pixies - fabulous mythical creatures from a distant past....

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The human qualities of the raw materials show through. Naivety, error, contradiction, even (as in the cursing Psalms) wickedness are not removed. The total result is not "the Word of God" in the sense that every passage in itself, gives impeccable science or history. It carries the Word of God.

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Things never happen the same way twice.

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I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!

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Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia.

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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.

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For Narnia and for Aslan!

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What do they teach them at these schools?

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Narnia! It's all in the wardrobe just like I told you!

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We're free Narnians, Hwin and I, and I suppose, if you're running away to Narnia you want to be one too. In that case Hwin isn't your horse any longer. One might just as well say you're her human.

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That part of Rostrevor which overlooks Carlingford Lough is my idea of Narnia.

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Remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.

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Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.

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If naturalism were true then all thoughts whatever would be wholly the result of irrational causes. It cuts its own throat.

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Besides being complicated, reality, in my experience, is usually odd. It is not neat, not obvious, not what you expect.

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Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.

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The most intense joy, lies not in the having, but in the desire, Delight that never fades, bliss that is eternal, Is only your, when what you most desire, is just out of reach...Anthony Hopkins, from the movie Shadowlands, where he plays C.S. Lewis

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But why,... if you have a serious comment to make on the real life of men, must you do it by talking about a phantasmagoric never-never land of your own? Because, I take it, one of the main things the author wants to say is that the real life of men is of that mythical and heroic quality.

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Most people, if they had really learned to look into their own hearts, would know that they do want, and want acutely, something that cannot be had in this world. There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it to you, but they never quite keep their promise.

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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.

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The Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.

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A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world-and might be even more difficult to save.

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Never, never pin your whole faith on any human being: not if he is the best and wisest in the whole world. There are lots of nice things you can do with sand; but do not try building a house on it.

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