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C.S. Lewis Quotes: Best of from April 28th – May 4th

May 5, 2013

Since the beginning of the year (2013), I’ve posted a “quote of the day” at a site I’ve created called This larger site is an outgrowth of this blog and at it I post not only the daily quote, but also a quiz question and fact about C.S. Lewis along with my latest All About Jack podcast and weekly Jack in Retrospect. Below are the quotes from April 28th to May 4th; the source for each quote are given below it.

“The more a man was in the Devil’s power, the less he would be aware of it, on the principle that a man is still fairly sober as long as he knows he’s drunk.”

Answers to Questions on Christianity (from “One Man Brains Trust” April 1944)


“When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”

On Three Ways of Writing for Children (Speech given on 4/29/1952)


“The demand for equality has two sources; one of them is among the noblest, the other is the basest, of human emotions. The noble source is the desire for fair play. But the other source is the hatred of superiority.”

Democratic Education (Published in Time and Tide as “Notes on the Way” on 4/29/1944)


“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us: we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”

Letter to Father Peter Bide (from Volume 3 on 4/29/1959)


“For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.”

The Magician’s Nephew (Published on 5/2/1955)


“There are two kinds of self-hatred which look rather alike in their earlier stages, but of which one is wrong from the beginning and the other right to the end.”

Two Ways with the Self (Published in The Guardian on 5/3/1940)


“Yes— it is sometimes hard to obey St. Paul’s ‘Rejoice.’ We must try to take life moment by moment. The actual present is usually pretty tolerable, I think, if only we refrain from adding to its burden that of the past and the future.”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne (from Volume 3 on 5/4/1962)

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