C. S. Lewis

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

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Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.C. S. Lewis

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

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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.C. S. Lewis

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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.C. S. Lewis

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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.C. S. Lewis

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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.C. S. Lewis

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Some people write heavily, some write lightly. I prefer the light approach because I believe there is a great deal of false reverence about. There is too much solemnity and intensity in dealing with sacred matters; too much speaking in holy tones.C. S. Lewis

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

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Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.C. S. Lewis

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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.C. S. Lewis

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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.C. S. Lewis

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

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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.C. S. Lewis

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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.C. S. Lewis

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

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

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

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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.C. S. Lewis

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

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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.C. S. Lewis

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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.C. S. Lewis

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

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Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.C. S. Lewis

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I gave in, and admitted that God was God.C. S. Lewis

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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.C. S. Lewis

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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.'C. S. Lewis

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

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

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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.C. S. Lewis

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