September with C.S. Lewis
This post is part of myÂ seriesÂ throughÂ A Year with C.S. Lewis. Here are my favorite quotes from the assorted C.S. Lewis books that are covered in the month of September in the book. First, a quote to give perspective:
Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present, to remind us that the basic assumptions have been quite different in different periods and that much which seems certain to the uneducated is merely temporary fashion. A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village; the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age.The rest of the quotes I loved this last month could be categorized under Christian living.
Do not waste time bothering whether you â€˜loveâ€™ your neighbour; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charities expenditure excludes them. One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up. That is not the Christian way. No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation meansâ€”the only complete realist. if what you call your â€˜faithâ€™ in Christ does not involve taking the slightest notice of what He says, then it is not Faith at allâ€”not faith or trust in Him, but only intellectual acceptance of some theory about Him.
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