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You may have noticed that the books you really love are bound together by a secret thread. You know very well what is the common quality that makes you love them, though you cannot put it into words: but most of your friends do not see it at all, and often wonder why, liking this, you should also like that. Again, you have stood before some landscape, which seems to embody what you have been looking for all your life; and then turned to the friend at your side who appears to be seeing what you saw -- but at the first words a gulf yawns between you, and you realise that this landscape means something totally different to him, that he is pursuing an alien vision and cares nothing for the ineffable suggestion by which you are transported. Even in your hobbies, has there not always been some secret attraction which the others are curiously ignorant of -- something, not to be identified with, but always on the verge of breaking through, the smell of cut wood in the workshop or the clap-clap of water against the boat's side? Are not all lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling (but faint and uncertain even in the best) of that something which you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for? You have never had it. All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it -- tantalising glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if it should really become manifest -- if there ever came an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself -- you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say "Here at last is the thing I was made for". We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work, and which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work. While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all.


C.S. Lewis

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Do you think I care if Aslan dooms me to death?” said the King. “That would be nothing, nothing ...
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When all that says ‘it is good’ has been debunked, what says ‘I want’ remains.
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Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no ...
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We are afraid that Heaven is a bribe, and that if we make it our goal we shall no longer be disinter...
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You do not see as quite as well as you think.
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I daren't come and drink," said Jill.
Then you will die of thirst," said the Lion.
Oh dea...
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Either the day must come when joy prevails and all the makers of misery are no longer able to infect...
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Every poet and musician and artist, but for Grace, is drawn away from the love of the thing he tells...
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I do not think that all who choose wrong roads perish; but their rescue consists in being put back o...
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...Aslan didn't tell Pole what would happen. He only told her what to do. That fellow will be...
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I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give...
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Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they ''own'' their bodies -- ...
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Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it ...
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Some have paid me an undeserved compliment by supposing that my Letters were the ripe fruit of many ...
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You cannot make men good by law: and without good men you cannot have a good society
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If you examined a hundred people who had lost their faith in Christianity, I wonder how many of them...
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Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
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An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons - marriage, o...
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Thomas Aquinas said of suffering, as Aristotle had said of shame, that it was a thing not good in it...
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Each time you fall He'll pick you up. He knows your own efforts are never going to bring you anywher...
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We do not want merely to see beauty... we want something else which can hardly be put into words- to...
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Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. There are many things below it, but the...
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Humans are amphibians...half spirit and half animal...as spirits they belong to the eternal world, b...
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When you have reached your own room, be kind to those Who have chosen
different doors and to th...
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How wicked it would be, if we could, to call the dead back! She said not to me but to the chaplain, ...
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That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal sufferring, "No future bliss can make ...
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Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think...
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The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves ...
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If God 'foresaw' our acts, it would be very hard to understand how we could be free not to do them. ...
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Did I hate him, then? Indeed, I believe so. A love like that can grow to be nine-tenths hatred and s...
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Theocracy has been rightly abolished not because it is bad that learned priests should govern ignora...
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I believe in political equality. But there are two opposite reasons for being a democrat. You may th...
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At the end of things, The Blessed will say, “We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven.” And...
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It is always the novice who exaggerates.
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Music. A meaningless acceleration in the rhythm of celestial experience.
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I haven't any language weak enough to depict the weakness of my spiritual life. If I weakened it eno...
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Our struggle is--isn't it?--to achieve and retain faith on a lower level. To believe that there is a...
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for those who come so far. Some call this island the World's End, for though you can sail further, t...
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When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him...
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But if you are a poor creature--poisoned by a wretched up-bringing in some house full of vulgar jeal...
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... "I now see that I spent most of my life in doing neither what I ought nor what I liked". The Chr...
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Son,'he said,' ye cannot in your present state understand eternity...That is what mortals misunderst...
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If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the wa...
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After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first help...
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God will invade. But I wonder whether people who ask God to interfere openly and directly in our wor...
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I believe, to be sure, that any man who reaches Heaven will find that what he abandoned (even in plu...
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That is why I often find myself at such cross-purposes with the modern world: I have been a converte...
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While friendship has been by far the chief source of my happiness, acquaintance or general society h...
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When the police arrived and found no lion, no broken wall, and no convicts, and the Head behaving li...
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I think you've seen Aslan," said Edmund.
"Aslan!" said Eustace. "I've heard that name mentioned...
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Now sir, said the bulldog in his business-like way. 'Are you a animal, vegetable, or mineral?'
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This was bad grammar of course, but that is how beavers talk when they are excited; I mean, in Narni...
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Human beings look separate because you see them walking about separately. But then we are so made th...
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Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.
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I believe it all. If I seem not to, it is only that my joy is too great to let my belief settle itse...
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When the time comes to you at which you will be forced at last to utter the speech which has lain at...
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The man is a humbug — a vulgar, shallow, self-satisfied mind, absolutely inaccessible to the compl...
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Really great moral teachers never do introduce new moralities: it is quacks and cranks who do that.
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The universe rings true whenever you fairly test it.
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A little lie is like a little pregnancy it doesn't take long before everyone knows.
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Moral rules are directions for running the human machine. Every moral rule is there to prevent a bre...
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Grief. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That's the deal.
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No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet
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But probably every age gets, within certain limits, the science it deserves
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Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey "people." People say different things: so do ...
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The Christian says, 'Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exist...
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All Narnia, many-colored with lawns and rocks and heather and different sorts of trees, lay spread o...
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I do not think there is a demonstrative proof (like Euclid) of Christianity, nor of the existence of...
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Gone! And you and I quite crestfallen. It’s always like that, you can’t keep him; it’s not as ...
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One always feel better when one has made up one's mind.
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Do not dare not to dare.
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Do not cite the Deep Magic to me, Witch. I was there when it was written.
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