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C.S. Lewis
Nov 29, 1898 - Nov 22, 1963
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C.S. Lewis

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"Surely what a man does when he is caught off his guard is the best evidence as to what sort of man he is." Morality, Virtue 4.6 avg (19 votes)
"When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right." Morality 4.5 avg (15 votes)
"The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys." Morality 4.0 avg (3 votes)
"Whenever you find a man who says he doesn't believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later." Morality 4.0 avg (16 votes)
"Badness is only spoiled goodness." Morality 4.2 avg (6 votes)
"A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is... A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in." Morality 4.7 avg (30 votes)
"Wherever any precept of traditional morality is simply challenged to produce its credentials, as though the burden of proof lay on it, we have taken the wrong position." Morality 3.8 avg (9 votes)
"We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin." Morality 4.1 avg (12 votes)
"You would not call a man humane for ceasing to set mousetraps if he did so because he believed there were no mice in the house." Morality 4.3 avg (32 votes)
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." Morality 4.9 avg (88 votes)
"Human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and can't really get rid of it." Morality 4.6 avg (5 votes)
"Morality, like numinous awe, is a jump; in it, man goes beyond anything that can be 'given' in the facts of experience." Morality 4.5 avg (4 votes)
"If we did not bring to the examinations of our instincts a knowledge of their comparative dignity we could never learn it from them." Philosophy 4.0 avg (4 votes)
"Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation." Philosophy 4.3 avg (7 votes)
"You cannot go on 'explaining away' for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on 'seeing through' things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it." Philosophy 4.2 avg (24 votes)
"Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes." Poetry 4.7 avg (3 votes)
"Poetry too is a little incarnation, giving body to what had been before invisible and inaudible." Poetry 4.6 avg (8 votes)
"What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God's eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when He catches us, as it were, off our guard." Prayer 4.4 avg (24 votes)
"Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man." Pride 4.9 avg (7 votes)
"A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you." Pride 4.2 avg (21 votes)

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