Top 100 C.S. Lewis quotes

Published: Wednesday, June 27 2012 9:33 a.m. MDT

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Quote: "Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.”

Source: “On Stories: And Other Essays on Literature” (1966)

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mulrich
Columbia, SC

Can we get rid of this method of displaying lists? It was novel at first but is getting burdensome and annoying. Any list longer than five items should not use this format.

Transaction7
Commerce, Texas

Lovely picture, but I, too, would greatly prefer that an optional straightforward text list be provided whenever lists are presented. I also prefer online articles formatted so we can get the whole thing as a single file and peruse up and down it more easily.

C. S. Lewis was arguably the best, certainly one of the best, theological writers of recent vintage.

Mr. G
Douglas, AZ

I enjoyed the list, thanks for sharing it! C.S. Lewis is one of the greatest authors of all time.

Buzzards
LEHI, UT

What? Not single quote from "The Great Divorce", his best book-though admittedly not his most popular.

LGilman
Sharon, VT

This rather saccharine inspirational quote does not sound like C S Lewis at all, and until I see a page reference to a specific published work by CSL I will not believe that he said it.

Sandygrandma
Sandy, UT

The quotes are thought-provoking, but the "poster" format is obnoxious. A simple list would have been much nicer.

OnlyInUtah
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I'm not even going to bother clicking through a list of this length. Come on DN get a clue!

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I agree with mulrich; this is a terrible way to see a list. I don't know if this quote is in there, because there's no way i can find the time to look through them in this format, but here is my favourite from CS Lewis: " An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons--marriage, or meat, or beer, or the cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who do use them, he has taken the wrong turning.”

Grace
Bakersfield, CA

Great quote, Hutterite. That's why Lewis and pure Bible-only believers won't consider any legalistic doctrines that place food laws or restrictions into their religious practice.

According to the Apostle Peter's animal-sheet vision (Acts 10-11), no foods are unclean any longer. The leading apostles in Jerusalem (Biblically, apostles are over prophets in leadership order) told the new Gentile converts only to abstain from animals strangled, blood, idol-offered foods and sexual immorality/any non-marital (Acts 15). They all knew that wine was fine, but never in excess to drunkeness. No vegan, java or tea restrictions, but wisdom in all things.

Lewis reacted to the co-opting of Christ's "mere Christianity"- beautiful, simple salvation: Come to Me sans your man-made traditions, additions or baggage. Keep my commandments by loving God and your fellow-man.

That simplicity and non-judgmental message still transforms mere humans into God's children every day. (John 1:1-14)

Grace
Bakersfield, CA

Great quote, Hutterite. That's why Lewis and pure Bible-only believers won't consider any legalistic doctrines that place food laws or restrictions into their religious practice.

According to the Apostle Peter's animal-sheet vision (Acts 10-11), no foods are unclean any longer. The leading apostles in Jerusalem (Biblically, apostles are over prophets in leadership order) told the new Gentile converts only to abstain from animals strangled, blood, idol-offered foods and sexual immorality/any non-marital (Acts 15). They all knew that wine was fine, but never in excess to drunkeness. No vegan, java or tea restrictions, but wisdom in all things.

Lewis reacted to the co-opting of Christ's "mere Christianity"- beautiful, simple salvation: Come to Me sans your man-made traditions, additions or baggage. Keep my commandments by loving God and your fellow-man.

That simplicity and non-judgmental message still transforms mere humans into God's children every day. (John 1:1-14)

Gene Poole
SLC, UT

There is probably a silent majority who actually appreciate the visuals along with the text of the various quotes. I am a not so silent one.

In regards to religion bashing and belief bashing: I find it interesting that most of the complaints about the C.S. Lewis quotes have nothing really to do with the quotes but with a desire to make other's beliefs wrong. Something C. S. Lewis would not have done. I have read all of his books and enjoy them. I agree that it would have been lovely to have a few quotes from "The Great Divorce".

For those complaining about the length and format of the quotes, there is an alternative: don't click the page. You know before you begin that the format is quotes with supportive graphics. Doesn't take to much of an effort to click past, unless you are looking for something to whine about. Then my suggestion would be: find another hobby.

I personally enjoy the format and say to Deseret News: Keep it up and thank you for creating a place of peace and thoughtful contemplation in such a wild and tumultuous world.

DuannaLee
College Station, TX

Mulrich obviously did not see two quotes clearly marked as being from "The Great Divorce": #88 Free Will & #97 Goodness. His/her other criticism was of the format which was also held by Hutterite and OnlyInUtah, but I wonder if they were using smartphones. On my notebook, I can see the picture with text in it on the left, and to the right is the text only along with the source for each one. I prefer the non-picture text-only version. Switching to the next picture is a simple click, easiest using the "next" button at the top as it remains in the same location. It was very quick to zip from one to the next. What's not to like? (I noticed one duplication, but the picture may have been different.) I enjoyed it!

DuannaLee
College Station, TX

I'd like to correct my comment. I erroneously credited Mulrich when I meant Buzzards in the first line. Mulrich was one of the three who didn't like the layout. My apologies for misreading my notes.

DuannaLee
College Station, TX

I apologize AGAIN. I just received a message for this on my smartphone. The pictures had the quotes and sources listed below (instead of beside) in a running stream, no "next" button to click. Also the numbering sequence changed. #97 became #4 and #88 became #13. On my notebook, the numbers of the pix were in reverse order, with #100 first. The smartphone did not show the top number with label as it was on a regular computer screen. Again, my apologies. (Must be bedtime for this granny!)

cole
Monroe, WA

Well, I would like to see this in a printed book and yes with the photos.

Bruce Young
Provo, UT

Sorry, but #89 is not from Mere Christianity; it's from Surprised by Joy. And I could swear that #53 is from The Four Loves. #39 is originally from Mere Christianity, though I'm sure it also got collected in the "Joyful Christian" anthology. And #2 ("Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose") is Lewis's description of a view he finds appealing to his natural instincts but NOT one he finds entirely in harmony with true Christianity. (It would take a bit to explain how he is presenting it as partly true but dangerously misleading--the sentence needs to be read in context.)

Mark from Montana
Davis County, UT

I prefer the quotes of Sam Seaborn. This is one of my favorites.

Sam Seaborn: It's not just about abortion, it's about the next 20 years. In the '20s and '30s it was the role of government. '50s and '60s it was civil rights. The next two decades are going to be privacy. I'm talking about the Internet. I'm talking about cell phones. I'm talking about health records and who's gay and who's not. And moreover, in a country born on the will to be free, what could be more fundamental than this?

All this before the NSA and our government leaders decided that it was alright to read our emails, listen to our phone calls and pretty much insert themselves into every private moment we have.

birder
Salt Lake City, UT

Just publish the list without making readers click through each item individually.

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