C.S. Lewis Bio and Quotes
C. S. Lewis Biography
C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite writers. I read him as a child and again as an adult. His writings are suited for both the capacity of the imagination of a child and the adult mind. I can remember spending many hours underneath the covers with my trusty flashlight traveling though Narnia and to lands untold. His writing brought me, and many others to the ends of our imaginations. He was able to take simple everyday items and transform them into portals to another world.He is one of the visionary writers that fed my imagination and began my love of words.
Born Clive Staples Lewis in Belfast, Ireland on November 29, 1898, he was raised in a religious family and attended the Church of Ireland. At 15 he turned away from religion and proclaimed himself an atheist at 15. Lewis moved with his family to England and attended Oxford College where he received honors. He then began a thirty year career teaching as a fellow (a group of educated people who work together for the pursuit of learning) at Magdhlen College, Oxford. He also taught as a Professor at Cambridge University.
Eventually he returned to a belief in God and lectured widely on the case for a belief in God. He also wrote books on the subject. He was also a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien for many years. Later in life he married a fellow writer named Jane Moore who died 4 years after they were married of cancer. Lewis died the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the same day that Aldous Huxley, who wrote the acclaimed book Brave New World. Media attention was minimal.
C. S. Lews at work
C. S. Lewis Books
Books by C. S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia Set- Fantasy
Letters to Children-Children’s book
The Screwtape Letters-Fantasy, Fiction
The Space Trilogy Books-Science Fiction
The Four Loves-Human love
The Great Divorce-Fiction
Mere Christianity –Christianity, Faith
Studies in Words- All about words and there meanings over time
There are many more books, letters, and collections of essay available written by C.S. Lewis. I found a list on Amazon of his works for affordable prices. He wrote on many subjects, including Medieval History. He was an interesting man and a fabulous writer. I hope you enjoy his works and I hope I have interested you enough to look into his writings further.
C S Lewis: My Life's Journey: David Payne recalling the life of C S Lewis Very Amusing!
C. S. Lewis Quotes
Here are some of my favorite quotes from C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis on writing
“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already”
“You can make anything by writing”
“Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else”
“Don't say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we've read the description. You see, all those words horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite are only like saying to your readers please will you do the job for me”
“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come”
“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very, otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”
C. S. Lewis on Courage
“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 become”
“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear”
C. S. Lewis on Faith and prayer
“It’s much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one”
“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done
Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in, aim at Earth and you will get neither”
“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”
C. S. Lewis on people
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously - no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption”
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another; What? You too? I thought I was the only one”
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