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C.S. Lewis was an Irish writer and scholar. He was part of the Inklings group of writers with J.R.R. Tolkien and other writers of the period. He is known for works like The Chronicle of Narnia series, but he's also recognized for his Christian apologetics and literary criticism. Here are a few quotes from C.S. Lewis.
  • "If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love."
    - C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

  • "Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable."
    - C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

  • "Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality."
    - C.S. Lewis

  • "It is hard to have patience with people who say 'There is no death' or 'Death doesn't matter.' There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter."
    - C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

  • "Much of the modern resistance to chastity comes from men's belief that they 'own' their bodies—those vast and perilous estates, pulsating with the energy that made the worlds, in which they find themselves without their consent and from which they are ejected at the pleasure of Another!"
    - C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

  • "No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear."
    - C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

  • "Now Eros makes a man really want, not a woman, but one particular woman. In some mysterious but quite indisputable fashion the lover desires the Beloved herself, not the pleasure she can give. No lover in the world ever sought the embraces of the woman he loved as the result of a calculation, however unconscious, that they would be more pleasurable than those of any other woman."
    - C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

  • "Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief."
    - C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

  • "Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand."
    - C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

  • "The safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts."
    - C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

  • "There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight."
    - C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

  • "There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them."
    - C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

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