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C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis
Human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself. If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would never have begun.
Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life. If I had to give a piece of advice to a young man about a place to live, I think I should say, 'Sacrifice almost everything to live where you can be near your friends.' I know I am very fortunate in that respect
Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it.
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You, too? I thought I was the only one.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art...It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival.
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
The surest way of spoiling a pleasure is to start examining your satisfaction.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
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.
Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and can't really get rid of it.
It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous.
When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.
We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin.
If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are mere accidents - the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else's. But if their thoughts - i.e., of Materialism and Astronomy - are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents. It's like expecting that the accidental shape taken by the splash when you upset a milk-jug should give you a correct account of how the jug was made and why it was upset.
There will be two kinds of people in the end: Those that will say to God 'Thy will be done' and those to whom God will say 'Thy will be done.'
The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys.
Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
God is not proud...He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him.