CS Lewis: Words to Live By

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CS Lewis: Words to Live By

Apr 13, 8:44pm

This 2007 compendium of Lewis quotes was edited by Paul Ford with topics listed in alphabetic order and a thematic index at the end. It covers a wide range of Lewis' letters as well as his books, and I think it illustrates very effectively the Lewis instinct to draw his reader into his thinking, rather than casting about a series of aphorisms and proverbs.
Here's a sample on education:
The student is half afraid to meet one of the great (authors) face to face. He feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew, the great man just because of his greatness is much more intelligible than most modern commentators. The simplest student will be able to understand a great deal of what Plato said, but hardly anyone can understand some modern books on Platonism...

Apr 21, 2:52pm

A Lewis quote on Christianity:
Those who have always lived within the Christian fold may be too easily dispirited (by the divisions of Christendom). They are bad, but (we) don't know what it looks like from without. Seen from there...despite all the divisions, it still appears (as it truly is) an immensely formidable unity.
From God in the Dock

Edited: Jun 22, 7:26pm

Equality- (from Lewis' Present Concerns)
The demand for equality has two sources: one of them is among the noblest, the other is the basest, of human emotions. The noble source is the desire for fairness. The other source is the hatred of superiority...
There is in every person a tendency to resent the existence of what is stronger, subtler, or better than themselves (only corrigible by good training from without and persistent moral effort from within)...

Jul 2, 2:07pm

From Mere Christianity
(God's) command "Be perfect" is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command...if we let Him...