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date: 15 December 2019

C. S. Lewis 1898–1963
English literary scholar 

  1. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.
    The Abolition of Man (1943)
  2. The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one.’
    The Four Loves (1960) ch. 4
  3. No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
    A Grief Observed (1961)
  4. Bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love. It follows marriage as normally as marriage follows courtship or as autumn follows summer.
    A Grief Observed (1961)
  5. Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!
    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950) ch. 2
  6. Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.
    Mere Christianity (1952) bk. 3, ch. 7
  7. We have trained them [men] to think of the Future as a promised land which favoured heroes attain—not as something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
    The Screwtape Letters (1942) no. 25
  8. She's the sort of woman who lives for others—you can always tell the others by their hunted expression.
    The Screwtape Letters (1942) no. 26
  9. Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
    The Screwtape Letters (1942) ch. 29
  10. A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.
    Surprised by Joy (1955)
  11. For twenty years I've stared my level best
    To see if evening—any evening —would suggest
    A patient etherized upon a table;
    In vain. I simply wasn't able.
     
    on contemporary poetry
    ‘A Confession’ (1964); see Eliot
  12. Often when I pray I wonder if I am not posting letters to a non-existent address.
    letter to Arthur Greeves, 24 December 1930
  13. He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it, hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart.
    letter, 10 March 1954