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  • As in arithmetic-there is only one right answer to a sum, and all other answers are wrong; but some answers are much nearer being right than others.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • It is after you have realized that there is a real Moral Law, and a Power behind the law, and that you have broken that law and put yourself wrong with that Power -- it is after all this, and not a moment sooner, that Christianity begins to talk.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • 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.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • Cobbles and kettledrums! ...I hope this madness isn't going to end in a moonlit climb and broken necks.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia")

  • Things never happen the same way twice.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia")


  • We're free Narnians, Hwin and I, and I suppose, if you're running away to Narnia you want to be one too. In that case Hwin isn't your horse any longer. One might just as well say you're her human.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Chronicles of Narnia")

  • There is no other day. All days are present now. This moment contains all moments.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • All names will soon be restored to their proper owners.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe")

  • I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been - if you've been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you - you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing is ever going to happen again.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe")

  • Pooh! Grown-ups are always thinking of uninteresting explanations.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Magician's Nephew")

  • Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • A Centaur has a man-stomach and a horse-stomach. And of course both want breakfast. So first of all he has porridge and pavenders and kidneys and bacon and omlette and cold ham and toast and marmalade and coffee and beer. And after that he tends to the horse part of himself by grazing for an hour or so and finishing up with a hot mash, some oats, and a bag of sugar. That's why it's such a serious thing to ask a Centaur to stay for the weeekend. A very serious thing indeed.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Silver Chair")

  • And that's why, gentleman, if your little girl doesn't come up to scratch, it will be our painful duty to cut all your throats. Merely in a way of business, as you might say, and no offense, I hope.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader")

  • And for all I can tell, the only difference is that what many see we call a real thing, and what only one sees we call a dream. But things that many see may have no taste or moment in them at all, and things that are shown only to one may be spears and water-spouts of truth from the very depth of truth.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Till We Have Faces: A Novel of Cupid and Psyche")

  • You don't think - not possibly - not as a mere hundredth chance - there might be things that are real though we can't see them? … If there are souls, could there not be soul-houses?
    (C.S. Lewis, "Till We Have Faces: A Novel of Cupid and Psyche")


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