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Reads tagged with “C. S. Lewis”

C.S. Lewis on Equality and Our Core Misconception About Democracy
C.S. Lewis on Equality and Our Core Misconception About Democracy

“The tempter always works on some real weakness in our own system of values: offers food to some need which we have starved.”

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C.S. Lewis on True Friendship
C.S. Lewis on True Friendship

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”

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C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws
C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws

“Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.”

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C. S. Lewis on Why “School Stories” and Media Distortion Are a More Deceptive Fiction Than Fiction
C. S. Lewis on Why “School Stories” and Media Distortion Are a More Deceptive Fiction Than Fiction

“Children are not deceived by fairy-tales; they are often and gravely deceived by school-stories. Adults are not deceived by science-fiction; they can be deceived by the stories in the women’s magazines.”

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C.S. Lewis’s Advice to Children on Duty and the Only Three Things Worth Worrying About
C.S. Lewis’s Advice to Children on Duty and the Only Three Things Worth Worrying About

“Most of us need the crutch at times; but of course it’s idiotic to use the crutch when our own legs can do the journey on their own!”

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C.S. Lewis on Why We Read
C.S. Lewis on Why We Read

How great books both change us and make us more ourselves.

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C.S. Lewis’s Ideal Daily Routine
C.S. Lewis’s Ideal Daily Routine

“It is essential of the happy life that a man would have almost no mail.”

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C.S. Lewis on the Three Ways of Writing for Children and the Key to Authenticity in All Writing
C.S. Lewis on the Three Ways of Writing for Children and the Key to Authenticity in All Writing

“The only moral that is of any value is that which arises inevitably from the whole cast of the author’s mind.”

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C. S. Lewis on the Secret of Happiness in a Letter to Child
C. S. Lewis on the Secret of Happiness in a Letter to Child

“A good toe-nail is not an unsuccessful attempt at a hair.”

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