C. S. Lewis

  • Dec. 8th, 2013 at 12:57 AM
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The way for a person to develop a style is (a) to know exactly what he wants to say, and (b) to be sure he is saying exactly that. The reader, we must remember, does not start by knowing what we mean. If our words are ambiguous, our meaning will escape him. I sometimes think that writing is like driving sheep down a road. If there is any gate open to the left or the right the reader will most certainly go into it.

C. S. Lewis

  • Mar. 5th, 2013 at 7:29 PM
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When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

C. S. Lewis

  • Mar. 13th, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.

(The Four Loves)

C. S. Lewis

  • Mar. 7th, 2011 at 11:46 PM
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No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond...

C. S. Lewis

  • Dec. 15th, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth, only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

C. S. Lewis

  • Nov. 30th, 2010 at 2:04 PM
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Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

C. S. Lewis

  • Oct. 6th, 2010 at 12:45 AM
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"What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are." (The Magician's Nephew)

C. S. Lewis

  • Jul. 12th, 2010 at 10:04 PM
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Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'. Otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

C. S. Lewis

  • Jun. 16th, 2010 at 10:27 PM
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"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."

C. S. Lewis

  • May. 30th, 2010 at 9:22 PM
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"You can make anything by writing."

C. S. Lewis

  • May. 24th, 2010 at 1:47 PM
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"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

C. S. Lewis

  • May. 23rd, 2010 at 11:24 PM
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"We read to know that we are not alone."

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