C.S. Lewis Quotes

You cannot go on 'explaining away' for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on 'seeing through' things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it.

C.S. Lewis

Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation

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If we did not bring to the examinations of our instincts a knowledge of their comparative dignity we could never learn it from them

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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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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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Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.

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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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If I discover within 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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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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Man has been accustomed, ever since he was a boy, to having a dozen incompatible philosophies dancing about together inside his head. He doesn't think of doctrines as primarily"true" or "false," but as "academic" or "practical," "outworn" or "contemporary," "conventional" or "ruthless." Jargon, not argument, is your best ally in keeping him from the Church. Don't waste time trying to make him think that materialism is true! Make him think it is strong or stark or courageous—that it is the philosophy of the future. That's the sort of thing he cares about."

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

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God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.

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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.

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By the very act of arguing, you awake the patient's reason; and once it is awake, who can foresee the result

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But probably every age gets, within certain limits, the science it deserves

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I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.

C.S. Lewis

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