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C.S. Lewis Quotes: Best of from May 5th – 11th

May 12, 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 May 5th – 11th; the source for each quote are given below it.

“Thanks to processes which we set at work in them centuries ago, they find it all but impossible to believe in the unfamiliar while the familiar is before their eyes”

The Screwtape Letters #1 (first published in The Guardian on 5/2/1941)


“The Christian must wage endless war against the clamour of the ego as ego: but he loves and approves selves as such, though not their sins.”

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


“No doubt all history in the last resort must be held by Christians to be a story with a divine plot.”

The Discarded Image (Published on 5/7/1964)


“The process of living seems to consist in coming to realise truths so ancient and simple that, if stated, they sound like barren platitudes. They cannot sound otherwise to those who have not had the relevant experience.”

Letter to  Dom Bede Griffiths OSB (from Volume 2 on 5/8/1939)


(Screwtape boasts:) “All the habits of the patient, both mental and bodily, are still in our favour.”

The Screwtape Letters – II (first published in The Guardian on 5/9/1941)


“You don’t see Nature till you believe in the Supernatural: don’t get the full, hot, salty tang of her except by contrast with the pure water from beyond the world. Those who mistake Nature for the All are just those who can never realise her as a particular creature with her own flamed, terrible, beautiful individuality”

Letter to  Dom Bede Griffiths OSB (from Volume 2 on 5/10/1945)


“You cannot know that everything in the representation of a thing is symbolical unless you have independent access to the thing and can compare it with the representation.”

Modern Theology and Biblical Criticism (“Fern-seed and Elephants”) (Lecture given on 5/11/1959)

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