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Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever
by C. S. Lewis

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever
solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
- C. S. Lewis

Related topics: Love

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis PHOTO

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis PHOTO

Miracles are a retelling in small letters
of the very same story
which is written across the whole world
in letters too large for some of us to see.
- C. S. Lewis

 

Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal.
As spirits they belong to the eternal world,
but as animals they inhabit time.
- C. S. Lewis

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
- C. S. Lewis

When we see the face of God
we shall know that we have always known it.
He has been a party to, has made, sustained
and moved moment by moment within,
all our earthly experiences of innocent love.
- C. S. Lewis

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Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.
Aim at earth and you get neither.
- C. S. Lewis

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy,
like art...
It has no survival value; rather it is one of those
things that give value to survival.
- C. S. Lewis

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen:
not only because I see it,
but because by it I see everything else.
- C. S. Lewis

Thirty was so strange for me.
I've really had to come to terms with the fact that
I am now a walking and talking adult.
- C. S. Lewis

How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.
- C. S. Lewis

The future is something which everyone reaches at the
rate of 60 minutes an hour,
whatever he does, whoever he is.
- C. S. Lewis

Has this world been so kind to you that you should
leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
- C. S. Lewis

This is one of the miracles of love:
It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments
and yet not being disenchanted.
- C. S. Lewis

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot
be too careful of his reading.
- C. S. Lewis

What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be
a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.
- C. S. Lewis

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
- C. S. Lewis

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
- C. S. Lewis

I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
- C. S. Lewis

What saves a man is to take a step.
Then another step.
- C. S. Lewis

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God,
"Thy will be done," and those to whom God says,
"All right, then, have it your way."
- C. S. Lewis

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for
the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
- C. S. Lewis

The task of the modern educator
is not to cut down jungles,
but to irrigate deserts.
- C.S. Lewis

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily,
I should think.
All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
- C. S. Lewis

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity
or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.
- C. S. Lewis

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
- C. S. Lewis

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing
to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word,
'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
- C. S. Lewis

Long before history began we men have got together
apart from the women and done things.
We had time.
- C. S. Lewis

With the possible exception of the equator,
everything begins somewhere.
- C. S. Lewis

Let's pray that the human race never escapes from Earth
to spread its iniquity elsewhere.
- C. S. Lewis

It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.
- C. S. Lewis

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
- C. S. Lewis

We are what we believe we are.
- C. S. Lewis

I gave in, and admitted that God was God.
- C. S. Lewis

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird:
it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to
fly while remaining an egg.
We are like eggs at present.
And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary,
decent egg.
We must be hatched or go bad.
- C. S. Lewis

There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes
till an entire marriage reconciles them.
- C. S. Lewis

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
- C. S. Lewis

The real problem is not why some pious,
humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.
- C. S. Lewis

Reason is the natural order of truth;
but imagination is the organ of meaning.
- C. S. Lewis

Education without values, as useful as it is,
seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
- C. S. Lewis

You don't have a soul.
You are a Soul.
You have a body.
- C. S. Lewis

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself,
because it is not there.
There is no such thing.
- C. S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues,
but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
- C. S. Lewis

Experience: that most brutal of teachers.
But you learn, my God do you learn.
- C. S. Lewis

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
- C. S. Lewis

Christianity, if false, is of no importance,
and if true, of infinite importance.
The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
- C. S. Lewis

The safest road to hell is the gradual one -
the gentle slope,
soft underfoot, without sudden turnings,
without milestones, without signposts.
- C. S. Lewis

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.'
People say different things:
so do instincts.
Our instincts are at war...
Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be
gratified at the expense of the rest.
- C. S. Lewis

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end;
if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort
or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin,
and in the end, despair.
- C. S. Lewis

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road,
progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road;
in that case,
the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
- C. S. Lewis

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent
us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence,
it is only logical to cut up imbeciles,
criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.
- C. S. Lewis

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard
them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions,
not sins.
Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them,
our share in the passion of Christ.
- C. S. Lewis

Part of every misery is, so to speak,
the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you
don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about
the fact that you suffer.
I not only live each endless day in grief,
but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.
- C. S. Lewis

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it.
It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides;
and in this respect,
it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
- C. S. Lewis

If the whole universe has no meaning,
we should never have found out that it has no meaning:
just as,
if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes,
we should never know it was dark.
Dark would be without meaning.
- C. S. Lewis

A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing
to go to sleep in humility,
thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards,
in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening
to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.
- C. S. Lewis

If you read history you will find that the Christians
who did most for the present world were precisely those
who thought most of the next.
It is since Christians have largely ceased to think
of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
- C. S. Lewis

Don't use words too big for the subject.
Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very";
otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to
talk about something really infinite.
- C. S. Lewis

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about
originality will ever be original:
whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without
caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will,
nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
- C. S. Lewis

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe,
deserves your love and affection.
- The Buddha

Talk not of wasted affection;
affection never was wasted.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

We can live without religion and meditation,
but we cannot survive without human affection.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

You can search throughout the entire universe for someone
who is more deserving of your
love and affection than you are yourself,
and that person is not to be found anywhere.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe
deserve your love and affection.
- The Buddha

The choicest thing this world has for a man is affection.
- J. G. Holland

I claim that rape exists any time sexual intercourse
occurs when it has not been initiated by the woman,
out of her own genuine affection and desire.
- Robin Morgan

Everywhere I go in the world, people know me and recognise
me and really show affection for me.
- Tony Curtis

We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults.
Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.
- George Eliot

The married state, with and without the affection suitable to it,
is the completest image of heaven and hell we are capable
of receiving in this life.
- Richard Steele


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