goldvermilion87: (littlejohn)
So, I was looking up the source for the first quotation, and then ended up on Wikiquote and then went QUOTE HAPPY!

Also, I highly highly highly recommend the books they are derived from.

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"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." (Is Theology Poetry)

"Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. 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." (On Three Ways of Writing for Children)

"Only the skilled can judge the skilfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result." (Preface to Paradise Lost)

"I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes." (Out of the Silent Planet)

"The safest road to Hell is the gradual one — the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts" (Screwtape Letters)

"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done."" (The Great Divorce)

"There have been men before … who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God himself… as if the good Lord had nothing to do but to exist. There have been some who were so preoccupied with spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ." (The Great Divorce)

""They would say," he answered, "that you do not fail in obedience through lack of love, but have lost love because you never attempted obedience." " (That Hideous Strength)

"Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again. They are still only playing with religion. Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger — according to the way you react to it." (Mere Christianity)

"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would be either a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." (Mere Christianity)

"The doctrine of the Second Coming has failed, so far as we are concerned, if it does not make us realize that at every moment of every year in our lives Donne's question "What if this present were the world's last night?" is equally relevant." (The World's Last Night)

"'Are the gods not just?'
'Oh no, child. What would become of us if they were?'" (Till We Have Faces)

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To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to 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. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell." (The Four Loves)

"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival." (The Four Loves)
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I just finished re-reading The Screwtape Letters.  It is incredibly convicting.  I realized long ago that one reason I love Lewis so much is that I have a similar taste in (and experience of) literature to his.  Now I think we probably share(d) some similar struggles as well, because there isn't a page of that book that hasn't something I need to hear.

But also, Lewis reminds me why I love God.  Even when he's speaking in the voice of a devil.

"He saw not only Them; he saw Him. This animal, this thing begotten in a bed, could look on Him."

That is a wonderful thought.
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I just finished re-reading The Screwtape Letters.  It is incredibly convicting.  I realized long ago that one reason I love Lewis so much is that I have a similar taste in (and experience of) literature to his.  Now I think we probably share(d) some similar struggles as well, because there isn't a page of that book that hasn't something I need to hear.

But also, Lewis reminds me why I love God.  Even when he's speaking in the voice of a devil.

"He saw not only Them; he saw Him. This animal, this thing begotten in a bed, could look on Him."

That is a wonderful thought.
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Still not what I was looking for, but I really really love this line:

"We are under no obligation at all to sing all our love-duets in the throbbing, world-without-end, heartbreaking manner of Tristan and Isolde;  let us often sing like Papageno and Papagena instead."

-Lewis, The Four Loves
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Still not what I was looking for, but I really really love this line:

"We are under no obligation at all to sing all our love-duets in the throbbing, world-without-end, heartbreaking manner of Tristan and Isolde;  let us often sing like Papageno and Papagena instead."

-Lewis, The Four Loves
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I wasn't looking for it, but it is no coincidence that I found it while composing something on A Scandal in Belgravia

It says something that I am constantly wanting to rant about (and sometimes do rant about to my friends) but it says it far better than I ever could:

"Those who cannot conceive Friendship as a substantive love, but only as a disguise or elaboration of Eros betray the fact that they have never had a Friend. The rest of us know that though we can have erotic love and friendship for the same person yet in some ways nothing is less like a Friendship than a love-affair. Lovers are always talking to one another about their love; Friends hardly ever about their Friendship. Lovers are normally face to face, absorbed in each other; Friends, side by side, absorbed in some common interest. Above all, Eros (while it lasts) is necessarily between two only. But two, far from being the necessary number for Friendship, is not even the best."

-C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
goldvermilion87: (Default)
I wasn't looking for it, but it is no coincidence that I found it while composing something on A Scandal in Belgravia

It says something that I am constantly wanting to rant about (and sometimes do rant about to my friends) but it says it far better than I ever could:

"Those who cannot conceive Friendship as a substantive love, but only as a disguise or elaboration of Eros betray the fact that they have never had a Friend. The rest of us know that though we can have erotic love and friendship for the same person yet in some ways nothing is less like a Friendship than a love-affair. Lovers are always talking to one another about their love; Friends hardly ever about their Friendship. Lovers are normally face to face, absorbed in each other; Friends, side by side, absorbed in some common interest. Above all, Eros (while it lasts) is necessarily between two only. But two, far from being the necessary number for Friendship, is not even the best."

-C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
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I saw this on [livejournal.com profile] kcscribbler 's page, and thought it looked like fun. 

The Rules )

I'm not really good at making wishlists...I can never think of things.  :-)  But here goes!

Wishlist )
 
BEST GINGERBREAD RECIPE EVER! )
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I saw this on [livejournal.com profile] kcscribbler 's page, and thought it looked like fun. 

The Rules )

I'm not really good at making wishlists...I can never think of things.  :-)  But here goes!

Wishlist )
 
BEST GINGERBREAD RECIPE EVER! )

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