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  You dont have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

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

  Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly dont recommend Christianity.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

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

  Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Let's pray that the human race never escapes Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Clearly one must read every good book at least once every ten years.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one.'  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  You play the hand you're dealt. I think the game's worthwhile.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  It is the stupidest children who are the most childish and the stupidest grown-ups who are the most grown-up.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Badness is only spoiled goodness.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  I fancy that most people who think at all have done a great deal of their thinking in the first fourteen years.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  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
  

  The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Forgiving and being forgiven are two names for the same thing. The important thing is that a discord has been resolved.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  The present is the point at which time touches eternity.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Democracy demands that little men should not take big ones too seriously; it dies when it is full of little men who think they are big themselves.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  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
  

  We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  God cant give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  We meet no ordinary people in our lives.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  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
  

  You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  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
  

  Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  All that we call human history - money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery – is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

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

  We read to know that we are not alone.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

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

  The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  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.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

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

  Thirty was so strange for me. I have really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  When they have really learned to love their neighbours as themselves, they will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbours.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Perfect humility dispenses with modesty.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  If no set of moral ideas were truer or better than any other, there would be no sense in preferring civilised morality to savage morality.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  We are what we believe we are.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  A glimpse is not a vision. But to a man on a mountain road by night, a glimpse of the next three feet of road may matter more than a vision of the horizon.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

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

  It is hard to have patience with people who say, 'There is no death' or 'Death doesnt matter.' There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesnt matter.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Only the skilled can judge the skillfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

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

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

  Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Forgiving and being forgiven are two names for the same thing. The important thing is that a discord has been resolved.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one.'  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

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

  Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  I didn't go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don't recommend Christianity.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  The present is the point at which time touches eternity.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  All that we call human history - money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery – is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

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

  We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  All that we call human history - money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery – is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  It is the stupidest children who are the most childish and the stupidest grown-ups who are the most grown-up.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

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

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

  When once a man is launched on such an adventure as this, he must bid farewell to hopes and fears, otherwise death or deliverance will both come too late to save his honor and his reason.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  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
  

  This moment contains all moments.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  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.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  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
  

  A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  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
  

  If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  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
  

  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
  

  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
  

  If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.  
 -  C. S. Lewis
  

  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