C.S. Lewis

Country Ireland
Born Tuesday, 29 November 1898
Quotes 59
He was a great noverlist and the poet
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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. Uncategorized
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. Uncategorized
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. Uncategorized
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. Uncategorized
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. Uncategorized
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. Uncategorized
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. Uncategorized
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." Uncategorized
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. Uncategorized
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. Uncategorized
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. Uncategorized
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. Uncategorized
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. Uncategorized
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. Uncategorized
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. Uncategorized
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. Uncategorized
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. Uncategorized
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. Uncategorized
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. Uncategorized