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Clive Staples Lewis (November 29 1898 – November 22 1963) was an Irish author, scholar of medieval literature, and Christian apologist. He is best known for his essays on Christianity and for the children's fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia.

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1. “‘And I say also this. I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes.’”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Out of the Silent Planet (1938) Hyoi, p. 76

2. “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Problem of Pain (1940)

3. “‘They would say,’ he answered, ‘that you do not fail in obedience through lack of love, but have lost love because you never attempted obedience.’”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: That Hideous Strength (1945) Ch. 7 : The Pendragon, section 2

4. “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.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

5. “‘Ah, Psyche,’ I said, ‘have I made you so little happy as that?’”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold (1956) Orual

6. “Friendship arises out of mere companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, ‘What? You too? I thought I was the only one.’”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Four Loves (1960)

7. “Friendship, I have said, is born at the moment when one man says to another ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself...’”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Four Loves (1960)

8. “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

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Source: "Is Theology Poetry?" (1945)

9. “There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956): A series of seven children's books, this is just a sampling of a few quotes, for more from these works, see The Chronicles of Narnia. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952), Ch. 1

10. “The safest road to Hell is the gradual one — the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942) Letter XII

11. “‘'Are the gods not just?' 'Oh no, child. What would become of us if they were?'’”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold (1956) Orual & The Fox

12. “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956): A series of seven children's books, this is just a sampling of a few quotes, for more from these works, see The Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950), Dedication: "To Lucy Barfield"

13. “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

14. “If we cannot ‘practice the presence of God,’ it is something to practice the absence of God, to become increasingly aware of our unawareness till we feel like man who should stand beside a great cataract and hear no noise, or like a man in a story who looks in a mirror and finds no face there, or a man in a dream who stretches his hand to visible objects and gets no sensation of touch. To know that one is dreaming is to no longer be perfectly asleep. Bur for news of the fully waking world you must go to my betters.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Four Loves (1960) "Charity"

15. “‘And yet, it was not, not now, she that really counted. Or if she counted (and, oh, gloriously she did) it was for another’s sake. The earth and stars and sun, all that was or will be, existed for his sake. And he was coming. The most dreadful, the most beautiful, the only dread and beauty there is, was coming. The pillars on the far side of the pool flushed with his approach. I cast down my eyes.’”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold (1956) Orual

16. “All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Four Loves (1960) "Charity"

17. “My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

18. “The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956): A series of seven children's books, this is just a sampling of a few quotes, for more from these works, see The Chronicles of Narnia. The Magician's Nephew (1955), Ch. 10: The First Joke and Other Matters

19. “Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

20. “A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944 Chapter 8, "The Great Sin"http://books.google.com/books?id=OF-YSMKCVwMC&q=%22A+proud+man+is+always+looking+down+on+things+and+people+and+of+course+as+long+as+you+are+looking+down+you+cannot+see+something+that+is+above+you%22&pg=PA124#v=onepage

21. “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight.”

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Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942) Preface

22. “Humans are amphibians — half spirit and half animal.... As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.”

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Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942) Letter VIII

23. “Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Problem of Pain (1940)

24. “The doctrine of the Second Coming has failed, so far as we are concerned, if it does not make us realize that at every moment of every year in our lives Donne's question ‘What if this present were the world's last night?’ is equally relevant.”

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Source: The World's Last Night (1952): First published as "The Christian Hope — Its Meaning for Today" in Religion in Life (Winter 1952); later published under the present title in The World's Last Night, and Other Essays (1960)

25. “The heart of Christianity is a myth which is also a fact.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: "Myth Became Fact" (1944)

26. “You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.”

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Source: Surprised by Joy (1955)

27. “It is hard to have patience with people who say 'There is no death' or 'Death doesn't 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 doesn't matter.”

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Source: A Grief Observed (1961)

28. “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.”

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Source: Letters of C. S. Lewis (29 April 1959), para. 1, p. 285 — as reported in The Quotable Lewis (1989), p. 469

29. “I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of ‘Admin.’ The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern.”

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Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942) Preface

30. “Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942) Letter XVI

31. “Perfect humility dispenses with modesty.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Weight of Glory (1949)

32. “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Surprised by Joy (1955)

33. “It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true Word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him.”

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Source: Letter (8 November 1952); published in Letters of C. S. Lewis (1966), p. 247

34. “Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Problem of Pain (1940)

35. “In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell, is itself a question: What are you asking God to do? To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But He has done so, on Calvary. To forgive them? They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, I am afraid that is what He does.”

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Source: The Problem of Pain (1940)

36. “Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942) Letter VIII

37. “All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942) Letter X

38. “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

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Source: The Abolition of Man (1943)

39. “Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

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Source: The Weight of Glory (1949)

40. “All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

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Source: The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956): A series of seven children's books, this is just a sampling of a few quotes, for more from these works, see The Chronicles of Narnia. The Last Battle (1956), Closing lines, in Ch. 16: Farewell to Shadowlands

41. “Badness is only spoiled goodness.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944 p. 36, unidentified edition

42. “' But what of the poor Ghosts who never get into the omnibus at all?' 'Everyone who wishes it does. Never fear. There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’ All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell . No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.'”

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Source: The Great Divorce (1944–1945) p. 72; part of this has also been rendered in a variant form, and quoted as:
  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."

43. “‘Then those people are right who say that Heaven and Hell are only states of mind?’ ‘Hush,’ he said sternly. ‘Do not blaspheme. Hell is a state of mind — ye never said a truer word. And every state of mind, left to itself, every shutting up of the creature within the dungeon of its own mind — is, in the end, Hell. But Heaven is not a state of mind. Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly.’”

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Source: The Great Divorce (1944–1945)

44. “This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practise ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

45. “All that we call human history—money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery—the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

46. “The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Surprised by Joy (1955)

47. “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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Source: The Four Loves (1960)

48. “It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer (1963)

49. “Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Problem of Pain (1940)

50. “Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they ‘own’ their bodies — those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!”

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Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942) Letter XXI

51. “There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Great Divorce (1944–1945) Ch. 11

52. “Though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of Time.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956): A series of seven children's books, this is just a sampling of a few quotes, for more from these works, see The Chronicles of Narnia. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950) Ch. 15: Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time

53. “The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape?”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Surprised by Joy (1955)

54. “I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Letter (19 April 1951); published in Letters of C. S. Lewis (1966), p. 230

55. “The very man who has argued you down will sometimes be found, years later, to have been influenced by what you said.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Reflections on the Psalms (1958), p. 73

56. “You can't get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: As quoted in Of This and Other Worlds (1982) by Walter Hooper, "Preface", p. 9

57. “What would really satisfy us would be a God who said of anything we happened to like, ‘What does it matter so long as they are contented?’ We want, in fact, not so much a Father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven — a senile benevolence who, as they say, ‘liked to see young people enjoying themselves’ and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of each day, ‘a good time was had by all’.”

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Source: The Problem of Pain (1940)

58. “When they have really learned to love their neighbours as themselves, they will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbours.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942) Letter XIV

59. “When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.”

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944 Preface

60. “Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again. They are still only playing with religion. Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger—according to the way you react to it.”

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

61. “Of course God knew what would happen if they used their freedom the wrong way: apparently He thought it worth the risk.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

62. “You can put this another way by saying that while in other sciences the instruments you use are things external to yourself (things like microscopes and telescopes), the instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man's self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred—like the Moon seen through a dirty telescope. That is why horrible nations have horrible religions: they have been looking at God through a dirty lens.”

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

63. “Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

64. “When I lay these questions before God I get no answer. But a rather special sort of 'No answer.' It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like, 'Peace, child; you don't understand.'”

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Source: A Grief Observed (1961)

65. “The Value of myth is that it takes all the things you know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by the veil of familiarity.”

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Source: Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: A review of J. R. R. Tolkien's famous work in On Stories and Other Essays on Literature (1982) edited by Walter Hooper p. 90

66. “I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Letter to Arthur Greeves (February 1932) — in They Stand Together: The Letters of C. S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves (1914–1963) (1979), p. 439

67. “There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on Earth.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942) Preface

68. “There is something which unites magic and applied science while separating both from the wisdom of earlier ages. For the wise men of old the cardinal problem had been how to conform the soul to reality, and the solution had been knowledge, self-discipline, and virtue. For magic and applied science alike the problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of men.”

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Source: The Abolition of Man (1943)

69. “Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Great Divorce (1944–1945)

70. “If there is equality, it is in His love, not in us.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Weight of Glory (1949)

71. “This is where dreams—dreams, do you understand—come to life, come real. Not daydreams: dreams.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956): A series of seven children's books, this is just a sampling of a few quotes, for more from these works, see The Chronicles of Narnia. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952), Ch. 12: The Dark Island

72. “The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs. There is not one of them which will not make us into devils if we set it up as an absolute guide. You might think love of humanity in general was safe, but it is not. If you leave out justice you will find yourself breaking agreements and faking evidence in trials ‘for the sake of humanity’, and become in the end a cruel and treacherous man.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

73. “God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

74. “I am not asking anyone to accept Christianity if his best reasoning tells him that the weight of the evidence is against it.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

75. “The more you obey your conscience, the more your conscience will demand of you.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

76. “Enough had been thought, and said, and felt, and imagined. It was about time that something should be done.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Surprised by Joy (1955)

77. “The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing — to reach the Mountain, to find the place where all the beauty came from — my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home? For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold (1956) Psyche

78. “What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God's eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when he catches us, as it were, off our guard.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer (1963)

79. “For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: "Bluspels and Flalansferes: A Semantic Nightmare", Rehabilitations (1939)

80. “Every story of conversion is the story of a blessed defeat.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Foreword to Joy Davidman's Smoke on the Mountain (1954)

81. “Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Problem of Pain (1940)

82. “A sensible human once said, ‘If people knew how much ill-feeling unselfishness occasions, it would not be so often recommended from the pulpit’; and again, ‘She's the sort of woman who lives for others—you can always tell the others by their hunted expression.’”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942) Letter XXVI

83. “‘I wish I had never been born,’ she said. ‘What are we born for?’ ‘For infinite happiness,’ said the Spirit. ‘You can step out into it at any moment...’”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Great Divorce (1944–1945)

84. “‘Milton was right…’ The choice of every lost soul can be expressed in the words ‘Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.’ There is always something they insist on keeping even at the price of misery…”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Great Divorce (1944–1945)

85. “We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and privacy: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Weight of Glory (1949)

86. “100 per cent of us die, and the percentage cannot be increased.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Weight of Glory (1949)

87. “Who believes in Aslan nowadays?”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956): A series of seven children's books, this is just a sampling of a few quotes, for more from these works, see The Chronicles of Narnia. Prince Caspian (1951), Ch. 5.: Caspian's Adventure In The Mountains

88. “It is the stupidest children who are most childish and the stupidest grown-ups who are most grown-up.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-1956): A series of seven children's books, this is just a sampling of a few quotes, for more from these works, see The Chronicles of Narnia. The Silver Chair (1953), Ch. 16: The Healing of Harms

89. “There is one thing, and only one, in the whole universe which we know more about than we could learn from external observation. That one thing is Man. We do not merely observe men, we are men. In this case we have, so to speak, inside information; we are in the know.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

90. “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just 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. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

91. “‘Say what you like,’ we shall be told, ‘the apocalyptic beliefs of the first Christians have been proved to be false. It is clear from the New Testament that they all expected the Second Coming in their own lifetime. And, worse still, they had a reason, and one which you will find very embarrassing. Their Master had told them so. He shared, and indeed created, their delusion. He said in so many words, 'this generation shall not pass till all these things be done.' And he was wrong. He clearly knew no more about the end of the world than anyone else.’ It is certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The World's Last Night (1952): First published as "The Christian Hope — Its Meaning for Today" in Religion in Life (Winter 1952); later published under the present title in The World's Last Night, and Other Essays (1960)

92. “The man is a humbug — a vulgar, shallow, self-satisfied mind, absolutely inaccessible to the complexities and delicacies of the real world. He has the journalist's air of being a specialist in everything, of taking in all points of view and being always on the side of the angels: he merely annoys a reader who has the least experience of knowing things, of what knowing is like. There is not two pence worth of real thought or real nobility in him. But he isn't dull…”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Diary entry regarding Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, (July 1924), published in Letters (1966), p. 97

93. “Only the skilled can judge the skilfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: A Preface to Paradise Lost (1942)

94. “If anything extraordinary seems to have happened, we can always say that we have been the victims of an illusion. If we hold a philosophy which excludes the supernatural, this is what we always shall say.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Miracles (1947), Ch. 1

95. “A children's story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children's story.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: "On Three Ways of Writing for Children" (1952) — in Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories (1967), p. 24

96. “I wrote the books I should have liked to read. That's always been my reason for writing. People won't write the books I want, so I have to do it for myself.”

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Source: As quoted in C.S. Lewis (1963), by Roger Lancelyn Green, p. 9

97. “Mr. Sensible learned only catchwords from them. He could talk like Epicurus of spare diet, but he was a glutton. He had from Montaigne the language of friendship, but no friend.”

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Source: The Pilgrim's Regress (1933) Pilgrim’s Regress 176

98. “My dear Wormwood, I note what you say about guiding your patient's reading and taking care that he sees a good deal of his materialist friend. But are you not being a trifle naive? It sounds as if you suppose that argument was the way to keep him out of the enemy's clutches. That might have been so if he had lived a few centuries earlier.”

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Source: The Screwtape Letters (1942) Letter I

99. “There have been men before … who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God himself… as if the good Lord had nothing to do but to exist. There have been some who were so preoccupied with spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ.”

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Source: The Great Divorce (1944–1945)

100. “Every poet and musician and artist, but for Grace, is drawn away from love of the thing he tells to love of the telling till, down in Deep Hell, they cannot be interested in God at all but only in what they say about Him.”

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Source: The Great Divorce (1944–1945)

101. “‘The cardinal difficulty,’ said MacPhee, ‘in collaboration between the sexes is that women speak a language without nouns. If two men are doing a bit of work, one will say to the other, 'Put this bowl inside the bigger bowl which you'll find on the top shelf of the green cupboard.' The female for this is, 'Put that in the other one in there.' And then if you ask them, 'in where?' they say, 'in there, of course.' There is consequently a phatic hiatus.’”

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Source: That Hideous Strength (1945) Ch. 8 : Moonlight at Belbury, section 2

102. “As long as this deliberate refusal to understand things from above, even where such understanding is possible, continues, it is idle to talk of any final victory over materialism.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Weight of Glory (1949)

103. “There are two parodies of the truth which different sets of Christians have, in the past, been accused by other Christians of believing: perhaps they may make the truth clearer. One set were accused of saying, ‘Good actions are all that matters. The best good action is charity. The best kind of charity is giving money. The best thing to give money to is the Church. So hand us over ₤10,000 and we will see you through.’ The answer to that nonsense, of course, would be that good actions done for that motive, done with the idea that Heaven can be bought, would not be good actions at all, but only commercial speculations. The other set were accused of saying, ‘Faith is all that matters. Consequently, if you have faith, it doesn't matter what you do. Sin away, my lad, and have a good time and Christ will see that it makes no difference in the end.’ The answers to that nonsense is that, if what you call your ‘faith’ in Christ does not involve taking the slightest notice of what he says, then it is not Faith at all—not faith or trust in Him, but only intellectual acceptance of some theory of Him.”

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Source: Mere Christianity (1952): Essays based upon radio addresses of 1941–1944

104. “But how can the characters in a play guess the plot? We are not the playwright, we are not the producer, we are not even the audience. We are on the stage. To play well the scenes in which we are ‘on’ concerns us much more than to guess about the scenes that follow it.”

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Source: The World's Last Night (1952): First published as "The Christian Hope — Its Meaning for Today" in Religion in Life (Winter 1952); later published under the present title in The World's Last Night, and Other Essays (1960)

105. “Nothing is yet in its true form.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold (1956)

106. “I have always — at least, ever since I can remember — had a kind of longing for death.”

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Source: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold (1956) Psyche

107. “‘No, no no,’ she said. ‘You don't understand. Not that kind of longing. It was when I was happiest that I longed most. It was on happy days when we were up there on the hills, the three of us, with the wind and the sunshine … where you couldn't see Glome or the palace. Do you remember? The colour and the smell, and looking at the Grey Mountain in the distance? And because it was so beautiful, it set me longing, always longing. Somewhere else there must be more of it. Everything seemed to be saying, Psyche come! But I couldn't (not yet) come and I didn't know where I was to come to. It almost hurt me. I felt like a bird in a cage when the other birds of its kind are flying home.’”

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Source: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold (1956) Psyche

108. “Die before you Die. There is no chance after.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold (1956)

109. “Lightly men talk of saying what they mean. Often when he was teaching me to write in Greek the Fox would say, ‘Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that's the whole art and joy of words.’ A glib saying. When the time comes to you at which you will be forced at last to utter the speech which has lain at the center of your soul for years, which you have, all that time, idiot-like, been saying over and over, you'll not talk about joy of words. I saw well why the gods do not speak to us openly, nor let us answer. Till that word can be dug out of us, why should they hear the babble that we think we mean? How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?”

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Source: Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold (1956) Orual

110. “We are born helpless. As soon as we are fully conscious we discover loneliness. We need others physically, emotionally, intellectually; we need them if we are to know anything, even ourselves.”

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Source: The Four Loves (1960) Introduction

111. “Need-love cries to God from our poverty; Gift-love longs to serve, or even to suffer for, God; Appreciative love says: ‘We give thanks to thee for thy great glory.’ Need-love says of a woman ‘I cannot live without her’; Gift-love longs to give her happiness, comfort, protection — if possible, wealth; Appreciative love gazes and holds its breath and is silent, rejoices that such a wonder should exist even if not for him, will not be wholly dejected by losing her, would rather have it so than never to have seen her at all.”

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Source: The Four Loves (1960)

112. “Is anything more certain than that in all those vast times and spaces, if I were allowed to search them, I should nowhere find her face, her voice, her touch? She died. She is dead. Is the word so difficult to learn?”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: A Grief Observed (1961)

113. “Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask — half our great theological and metaphysical problems — are like that.”

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Source: A Grief Observed (1961)

114. “I need Christ, not something that resembles Him.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: A Grief Observed (1961)

115. “I have at last come to the end of the Faerie Queene: and though I say ‘at last’, I almost wish he had lived to write six books more as he had hoped to do — so much have I enjoyed it.”

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Source: On Edmund Spenser and his famous work, in a letter to Arthur Greeves (7 March 1916), published in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis : Family Letters, 1905-1931 (2004) edited by Walter Hooper, p. 170

116. “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 shd. say, 'sacrifice almost everything to live where you can be near your friends.'”

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Source: Letter to Arthur Greeves (29 December 1935) — in They Stand Together: The Letters of C. S. Lewis to Arthur Greeves (1914–1963) (1979), p. 477

117. “The miracles in fact 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

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Source: God in the Dock, "Miracles" (1942)

118. “I am to talk about apologetics. Apologetics means of course defense. The first question is—what do you propose to defend? Christianity, of course...”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: '''God in the Dock'', "Christian Apologetics" (1945)

119. “The standard of permanent Christianity must be kept clear in our minds and it is against that standard that we must test all contemporary thought. In fact, we must at all costs not move with the times.”

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Source: God in the Dock, "Christian Apologetics" (1945)

120. “My form remains one, though the matter in it changes continually. I am, in that respect, like a curve in a waterfall.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Miracles (1947), Ch. 16: "Miracles of the New Creation"

121. “As image and apprehension are in organic unity, so, for a Christian, are human body and human soul.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: "God in the Dock" (1948)

122. “I believe Buddhism to be a simplification of Hinduism and Islam to be a simplification of Xianity.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Letter to Sheldon Vanauken (14 December 1950), quoted in Sleuthing C. S. Lewis (2001) by Kathryn Ann Lindskoog, p. 393

123. “I became my own only when I gave myself to Another.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: Letters of C. S. Lewis (17 July 1953), para. 2, p. 251 — as reported in The Quotable Lewis (1989), p. 334

124. “A strict allegory is like a puzzle with a solution: a great romance is like a flower whose smell reminds you of something you can't quite place. I think the something is 'the whole quality of life as we actually experience it.'”

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Source: C. S. Lewis' Letters to Children – letter to Lucy (11 September 1958)

125. “A great myth is relevant as long as the predicament of humanity lasts; as long as humanity lasts. It will always work, on those who can receive it, the same catharsis.”

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Source: "Haggard Rides Again", in Time and Tide, Vol. XLI (3 September 1960)

126. “Looking for God—or Heaven—by exploring space is like reading or seeing all Shakespeare's plays in the hope that you will find Shakespeare as one of the characters or Stratford as one of the places. Shakespeare is in one sense present at every moment in every play.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: "The Seeing Eye", in Christian Reflections (1967), p. 167

127. “The only people who object to escapism are jailers.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: As quoted by Arthur C. Clarke in God, The Universe and Everything Else (1988)

128. “He begins to think for himself and meets Nineteenth-century Rationalism Which can explain away religion by any number of methods .”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Pilgrim's Regress (1933) Pilgrim’s Regress 19-20

129. “If you make the same guess often enough it ceases to be a guess and becomes a Scientific Fact. This is the inductive method.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Pilgrim's Regress (1933) Pilgrim’s Regress 22

130. “He came in sight of a pass guarded by armed men. ‘you cannot pass … Do you not know that all this country belongs to the Spirit of the Age? … Here Enlightenment, take this fugitive to our Master.’”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Pilgrim's Regress (1933) Pilgrim’s Regress 44-45

131. “‘Try now to answer my third riddle. By what rule to you tell a copy from an original?’”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Pilgrim's Regress (1933) Pilgrim’s Regress 52

132. “‘you must see that if two things are alike, then it is a further question whether the first is copied from the second, or the second from the first, or both from a third.’ ‘Some that thought that all these loves were copies of our love for the landlord.’”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Pilgrim's Regress (1933) Pilgrim’s Regress 59

133. “John-I’m trying to find the Island in the West. Sensible – You refer, no doubt to some aesthetic experience.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Pilgrim's Regress (1933) Pilgrim’s Regress 77

134. “I am sorry that my convictions do not allow me to repeat my friend’s offer, said one of the others. But I have had to abandon the humanitarian and egalitarian fancies. His name was Mr. Neo-Classical.”

—C. S. Lewis

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Source: The Pilgrim's Regress (1933) Pilgrim’s Regress 89

135. “I hope, said the third, that your wanderings in lonely places do not mean that you have any of the romantic virus still in your blood. His name was Mr. Humanist.”

—C. S. Lewis

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