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29-11-1898
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22-11-1963
A four year old boy one day went up to his parents and protested about the name he had been given at birth. He didn't like it and he desperately wanted a new nomenclature. The child had already decided that he desired to be known as 'Jacksie', after his dog that had died in a car accident. But that's not it. What should actually come as a surprise is the fact that his parents had no objection to such a request. So from then on a boy called Clive Staples Lewis came to be known as Jacksie, aka Jack. The same toddler grew up to become one of the most loved authors of all time. This brilliant novelist is so highly acclaimed even today that he is the one who is most regularly quoted authors by the Twitterattis. The question of course arises as to why this man has always been in vogue. It isn’t just because he's penned the 'The Chronicles of Narnia', which describes a place where it is “always winter, but never Christmas.” True, children are drawn to such a magical universe, but this matchless writer is equally sought after by adults. Then is it his ecclesiastical masterpiece, ‘Mere Christianity’ that demands a fair share of his fame? Lewis, who was also a theologian and philosopher, inspired the religious beliefs of millions across the globe. What made him so well-accepted was the fact that he didn’t blindly believe in Jesus. In fact he weighed all possibilities of the loved messiah being unreal or insane till he could no longer find a reason for cynicism. That is when he became resolved in his faith of Christianity. But, what’s even more astounding than his skepticism-turned-conviction, is the vast spectrum of genres he used for conveying his messages—mythology, fairy tales and poetry—thus impelling the child as and the adult alike. These quotes by C.S. Lewis prove exactly how newfangled his ideas were at a time when no one dared to think out of the box.

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.

- The Four Loves , C.S. Lewis

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.

- C.S. Lewis

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.

- C.S. Lewis

We're not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.

- C.S. Lewis

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.

- C.S. Lewis

If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.

- C.S. Lewis

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

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.

- C.S. Lewis

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

- C.S. Lewis

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

- C.S. Lewis

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.

- Mere Christianity , C.S. Lewis

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

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.

- The Weight of Glory , C.S. Lewis

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

- C.S. Lewis

Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.

- The Silver Chair , C.S. Lewis

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 either be a lunatic — on the 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 patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

- Mere Christianity , C.S. Lewis

What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God's eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when he catches us, as it were, off our guard.

- C.S. Lewis

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen. Not only because I see it, but because I see everything by it.

- C.S. Lewis

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

- C.S. Lewis

What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what kind of a person you are.

- C.S. Lewis

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.

- Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life , C.S. Lewis

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

- C.S. Lewis

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

- C.S. Lewis

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.

- C.S. Lewis

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.

- C.S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

- C.S. Lewis

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

- C.S. Lewis

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.

- C.S. Lewis

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

- C.S. Lewis

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

- C.S. Lewis

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

- C.S. Lewis

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

- C.S. Lewis

Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.

- C.S. Lewis

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.

- The Problem of Pain , C.S. Lewis

The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.

- C.S. Lewis

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