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More C.S. Lewis quotes

Edmund from Prince Caspian

To commemorate the release of Prince Caspian, I am posting some more C.S. Lewis quotes that I particularly enjoy:

  • 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.”
  • You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose that you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it? … Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.
  • Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.
  • 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.
  • This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practice ourselves the kind of behavior we expect from other people.
  • What can you ever really know of other people’s souls — of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole of creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your hands. If there is a God, you are, in a sense, alone with Him. You cannot put Him off with speculation about your neighbors or memories of what you have read in books.
  • 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.
  • Enough had been thought, and said, and felt, and imagined. It was about time that something should be done.
  • Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

My brother got married a few weeks ago in San Diego. I wish I had more to say, but I’m in kind of an apathetic stage in my life right now. Everyone around is moving on. . .except me. Well, and Josh, but that’s to be expected.

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Now playing: Shattering Egg of Dreams – Yasunori Mitsuda
via FoxyTunes

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