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Volume 13, Issue 5: Verbatim

Quotations on Anything

C.S. Lewis

Hatred is best combined with Fear. Cowardice, alone of all the vices, is purely painful—horrible to anticipate, horrible to feel, horrible to remember; Hatred has its pleasures. It is therefore often the compensation by which a frightened man reimburses himself for the miseries of Fear. The more he fears, the more he will hate.

The Screwtape Letters

The trouble about writing satire is that the real world anticipates you, and what were meant for exaggerations turn out to be nothing of the sort.

Letters of C.S. Lewis

That Hideous Strength has been unanimously damned by all reviewers.

Letters of C.S. Lewis

The real inter-relation between God's omnipotence and Man's freedom is something we can't find out. Looking at the Sheep and the Goats, every man can be quite sure that every kind act he does will be accepted by Christ. Yet equally, we all do feel sure that all the good in us comes from Grace. We have to leave it at that. I find the best plan is to take the Calvinist view of my own vitues and other people's vices; and the other view of my own vices and other people's virtues.

Letters of C.S. Lewis

What do people mean when they say "I am not afraid of God because I know He is good?" Have they never even been to a dentist?

A Grief Observed

To be sure, there are standards by which the early Protestants could be called "puritanical"; they held adultery, fornication, and perversion for deadly sins. But then so did the Pope. If that is puritanism, all Christendom was then puritanical together. So far as there was any difference about sexual morality, the Old Religion was the more austere. The exaltation of virginity is a Roman, that of marriage, a Protestant, trait.

English Liturature in the Sixteenth Century

An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. but an open mind about ultimate foundations either theoretical or Practical Reason is idiocy. If a man's mind is open on these things, let his mouth be shut.

The Abolition of Man

I sometimes think that writing is like driving sheep down a road. If there is any gate open to the left or to the right the readers will most certainly go into it.

God in the Dock

We believe that the sun is in the sky at midday in the summer not because we can clearly see the sun (in fact, we cannot) but because we can see everything else.


Henry 7th had some mastiffs hanged for fighting a lion: said they were rebelling against their natural sovereign. That's the stuff. Also, had his own hawk decapitated for fighting an eagle.

Letters of C.S. Lewis

All that is made seems planless to the darkened mind, because there are more plans than it looked for. In these seas there are islands where the hairs of the turf are so fine and so closely woven together that unless a man looked long at them he would see neither hairs nor weaving at all, but only the same and the flat. So with the Great Dance. Set your eyes on one movement and it will lead you through all patterns and it will seem to you the master movement. But the seeming will be true. Let no mouth open to gainsay it. There seems no plan because it is all plan: there seems no centre because it is all centre. Blessed be He!


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