C.S. Lewis said, and I quote…

In keeping with my former post on why I love C.S. Lewis, here are a few of my favorite Lewis-isms.

12. “‘You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you’, said the Lion.”

11. “In a circle of true Friends each man is simply what he is: stands for nothing but himself. No one cares twopence about any one else’s family, profession, class, income, race, or previous history…That is the kingliness of Friendship.We meet like sovereign princes of independent states, abroad, on neutral ground, freed from our contexts.”

10. “Really great moral teachers never do introduce new moralities: it is quacks and cranks who do that… The real job of every moral teacher is to keep on bringing us back, time after time, to the old simple principles which we are all so anxious not to see.

9. “How difficult it is to avoid having a special standard for oneself.”

8. “Safe? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

7. “(You) must translate every bit of your Theology into the (common) vernacular. This is very troublesome and means that you can say very little in half an hour, but it is essential. It is also of the greatest service to your own thought. I have come to the conviction that if you cannot translate your thoughts into uneducated language, then your thoughts are confused.”

6. “Of all bad men, religious bad men are the worst. Of all created beings, the wickedest is one who originally stood in the immediate presence of God.”

5. “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us.”

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

3. “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.”

2. “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilization – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.”

And my favorite C.S. Lewis Quote…

1. “He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart.”

3 thoughts on “C.S. Lewis said, and I quote…

  1. #3 was perhaps my favorite Lewis quote until I read #1. I am still giggling. I would love to know the context of the quote. Can you enlighten me? I also agree with your reference (prior post) to Bobby Pruitt as one of those guys who “gets it.” You are also someone whom I respect/admire for having good timing (Ecc. 3:1-4). I really enjoy your blog – you need to publish, perhaps in this area of allowing men to laugh, to cry, to celebrate, to fight, to worship, to love, and to hate. By the way, I have tried my best to read Jonathan Edwards. In 3 different books, I get approximately half way, pull a brain muscle, and then wonder, like you, “did this guy ever let up?” The closest he ever got, in my op., was in “The Religious Affections.”

    Lots of folks I go to church with could use the advice proffered by Dr. Sidney Freidman from M.A.S.H.:
    “Ladies and gentlemen, take my advice: Pull down your pants and slide on the ice.”


  2. Rod,
    Yeah…what a great quote, huh? It was from “Letters to an American Lady”. The whole context of the quote is…

    I too had mumps after I was grown up. I didn’t mind it as long as I had the temperature: but when one came to convalescence and a convalescent appetite and even thinking of food started the salivation and the pain–ugh! I never realised “the disobedience in our members” so clearly before. Verily “He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it, hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart” (or in his glands).

    Letters to American Lady, March 10 1954

    The idea is that when He had the mumps, salivating caused him a great deal of pain. So, during that time, he found it difficult to steer clear of good smelling food that might arouse his appetite. In this case, arousal of the saliva glands caused physical pain. Thus, the quote.


  3. Some more C.S. Lewis from “Learning in War-Time”.

    Before I became a Christian I do not think I fully realized that one’s life, after conversion, would inevitably consist in doing most of the same things one had been doing before, one hopes, in a new spirit, but still the same things. If you attempted.. to suspend your whole intellectual and aesthetic activity, you would only succeed in substituting a worse cultural life for a better. You are not, in fact, going to read nothing, either in the Church or in the line: if you don’t read good books, you will read bad ones. If you don’t go on thinking rationally, you will think irrationally. If you reject aesthetic satisfactions, you will fall into sensual satisfactions. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Thus we may have a duty to rescue a drowning man and, perhaps, if we live on a dangerous coast, to learn lifesaving so as to be ready for any drowning man when he turns up. It may be our duty to lose our own lives in saving him. But if anyone devoted himself to lifesaving in the sense of giving it his total attention– so that he thought and spoke of nothing else and demanded the cessation of all other human activities until everyone had learned to swim– he would be a monomaniac. The rescue of drowning men is, then, a duty worth dying for, but not worth living for. It seems to me that all political duties (among which I include military duties) are of this kind. A man may have to die for our country, but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself.


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