C.S. Lewis Rocks even more…

I’m amazed at this guy’s ability to explain concepts and ideas that are often misunderstood. He manage to explain by examples very well. And his examples are humourous…
 
More quotes (sorry if you’re tired of this, but I must blog these to make me remember all the great quotes)
 
On Love
 
Book 3. Christian Behaviour
 
6 Christian Marriage
 
"No one in his senses would deny that being in love is far better than either common sensuality or cold self-centredness. But as I said before, ‘the most dangerous thinig you can do is to take any one impulse of our own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs’. Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. There are many things below it, but there are also things above it. You cannot make it the basis of a whole life. It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling."
 
"If the old fairy-tale ending ‘They lived happily ever after’ is taken to mean ‘They felt for the next fifty years exactly as they felt the day before they were married’, then it says what probably never was nor ever would be true, and would be highly undesirable if it were. Who could bear to live in that excitement for even five years? What would become of your work, your appetite, your sleep, your friendships?"
 
"Love in this second sense–love as distinct from ‘being in love’–is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriages) the grace which both partners ask, and receive, from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself."
 
"People get from books the idea that if you have married the right person you may expect to go on ‘being in love’ for ever. … In this department of live, as in every other, thrills come at the beginning and do not last. … it is just the people who are ready to submit to the loss of the thrill and settle down to the sober interest, who are then most likely to meet new thrills in some quite different direction."
 
On Forgiveness
 
Book 3. Christian Behaviour
 
7 Forgiveness
 
"I remember Christian teachers telling me long ago that I must hate the bad man: or as they would say, hate the sin but not the sinner. For a long time I used to think this a silly, straw-splitting distinction: how could you hate what a man did and not hate the man? But years later it occurred to me that they were one man to whom I had been doing this all my life–namely myself."
 
"Christianity does not want us to reduce by one atom the hatred we feel for cruelty and treahery. We ought to hate them. … But it does want us to hate them in the same way in which we hate things in ourselves: being sorry that the man should have done such things, and hoping, if it is anyway possible, that somehow, sometime, somewhere he can be cured and made human again."
 
"I admit that this means loving people who have nothing lovable about them. But then, has oneself anything lovable about it? You love it simply because it is yourself. God intends us to love all selves in the same way and for the same reason: but Hehas given us the sum ready worked out in our own case to show us how it works."
 
On Pride
 
Book 3. Christian Behaviour
 
8 The Great Sin
 
"Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkedness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind."
 
"Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. … It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest.
 
"As long as you are proud you cannot know God. 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."
 
"Whenever we find that our religious life is making us feel that we are good–above all, that we are better than someone else–I think we may be sure that we are being acted on, not by God, but by the devil. The real test of being in the presence of God is, that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object. It is better to forget about yourself altogether."
 
On Charity 
 
Book 3. Christian Behaviour
 
9 Charity
 
"Natural liking or affection for people makes it easier to be ‘charitable’ towards them. It is, therefore, normally a duty to encourage our affections–to ‘like’ people as much as we can (just as it is often our duty to encourage our liking for exercise or wholesome food)–not because this liking is itself the virtue of charity, but because it is a help to it."
 
"The rule for all of us is perfectly simple. Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbour; act as if you did…. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him even more."
 
"Christian Love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will. If we are trying to do His will we are obeying the commandment, ‘Thos shalt love the Lord thy God.’ He will give us feelings of love if He pleases. We cannot create them for ourselves, and we must not demand them as a right. But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not."
 
On Hope
 
Book 3. Christian Behaviour
 
10 Hope
 
"There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of ‘Heaven’ ridiculous by saying they do not want ‘to spend eternity playing harps’. The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them. All the scriptural imagery (harps, crowns, gold etc) is, of course, a merely symbolic attempt to express the inexpressible."
 
"People who take these symbols literally might as well think that when Christ told us to be like doves, He meant that we were to lay eggs."
 
On Faith – beginner level
 
Book 3. Christian Behaviour
 
11 Faith
 
"Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods."
 
"The first step is to recognize the fact that your moods change. The next is to make sure that, if you have once accepted Christianity, then someo of its main doctrins shall be deliberately held before your mind for some time every day. That is why daily prayers and religious readings and church-going are necessary parts of Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed."
 
"I think every one who has some vague belief in God, until he becomes a Christian, has the idea of an exam, or of a bargain in his mind. The first result of real Christianity is to blow that idea into bits."
 
"If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already. So that when we talk of a man doing anything for God or giving anything for God, I will tell you what it is really like. It is like a small child going to its father and saying, ‘Daddy, give me sixpence to buy you a birthday present.’ Of course, the father does, and he is pleased with the child’s present. It is all very nice and proper, but only an idiot would think that the father is sixpence to the good on the transaction."
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4 thoughts on “C.S. Lewis Rocks even more…

  1. Wilson says:

    i agree~ some very convincing points~ haha~ can\’t believe i read every quote >.<

  2. Rosa says:

    hahaha, I can\’t believe someone would actually read them =P good that you did! he\’s awesome…

  3. Jessica says:

    I did too! I did too!!!
    The part about forgiveness hits me most.. esp. the point about how "to hate the sin but the sinner" for we have always been doing it to one person, which is ourselves! Very clever!
    thx so much for sharing them, rosa! keep them coming!
     
     
     

  4. Ami says:

    I\’m glad you like his writings~! He became one of my favorite authors as soon as I finished reading the first book of M.C.!! Too bad I\’m too lazy to jot down the quotes I like in it, so I\’ll come to your blog once in a while and refresh my memories of his quotes, hehe… Hope you don\’t mind la 😛

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