The Lion, The Hobbit, & the Ghost Writer

CS Lewis is one of the most brilliant minds this world has ever seen. His work has intrigued millions, and continues to touch lives through his books and now his films.
Imagine how amazing it would have been to be a fly on the wall at an Inkling gathering. To listen to the musings of such authors as Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. Imagine the creativity that poured out of these men as they critiqued one another’s writings, shared ideas, thoughts, and theology. Just think what came about in terms of Christian symbolism through Lewis and Tolkien’s writings. These stories alone show the amazing sacrifice that Christ made for mankind.

Thus, I would like to share some of Lewis’ amazing observations of God, Christianity, and life in general…

“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.”

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

“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”

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

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

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”

“Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey ‘people.’ People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war… Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.”

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly 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.”

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world”

“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.”

3 thoughts on “The Lion, The Hobbit, & the Ghost Writer

  1. Thanks, Hayley! Many of those quotes were familiar to me, but some I had not read before. I just love it when an author so beautifully communicates thoughts in my mind that I’ve been unable to translate into words.

  2. CSL was absolutely freaking BRILLIANT and your post reminded me that I haven’t read anything of his in awhile…off to dust off some old books and crack ’em open again.What’s your favorite of his?

  3. I have to say I still love the Narnia stories…always have always will. But I just recently purchased The Problem of Pain which is amazing, and Mere Christianity…its hard to choose!I did hear they are making a movie of The Screwtape Letters, which should be incredible.

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