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C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis
Perfect humility dispenses with modesty.
The gap between those who worship different gods is not so wide as the gap between those who worship and those who don't.
All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.
Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves.
This moment contains all moments.
Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.
The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn. My God do you learn.
When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right.
Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand.
Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation.
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.
It is in their 'good' characters that novelists make, unawares, the most shocking self-revelations.
Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.
Don't say it was 'delightful'; make us say 'delightful' when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers 'Please, will you do the job for me?'
There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.
Art can teach without at all ceasing to be art.
The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.