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C. S. Lewis

Monochrome head-and-left-shoulder photo portrait of 50-year-old Lewis
Lewis, age 48

Born

Clive Staples Lewis29 November 1898 Belfast, Ireland

Died

22 November 1963 Oxford, England

Pen name

Clive Hamilton, N. W. Clerk

Occupation

Novelist, scholar, broadcaster

Alma mater

University College, Oxford

Genre

Christian apologetics, fantasy, science fiction, children's literature

Notable works

The Chronicles of Narnia Mere Christianity The Allegory of Love The Screwtape Letters The Space Trilogy Till We Have Faces Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

Spouse

Joy Davidman ( m.  1956; died 1960)

Children

2 step-sons; including Douglas Gresham

Relatives

Brother, Warren Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis was a British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University and Cambridge University . He is best known for his works of fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain.

Lewis and fellow novelist J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends. They both served on the English faculty at Oxford University and were active in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings. According to Lewis's memoir Surprised by Joy, he was baptised in the Church of Ireland, but fell away from his faith during adolescence. Lewis returned to Anglicanism at the age of 32, owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, and he became an "ordinary layman of the Church of England". Lewis's faith profoundly affected his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim.

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How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete. - C. S. Lewis

How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.

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age great
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. - C. S. Lewis

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

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art friendship
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. - C. S. Lewis

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.

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art truth
Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult. - C. S. Lewis

Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.

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birthday
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. - C. S. Lewis

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

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change
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. - C. S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

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courage
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. - C. S. Lewis

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

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education
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. - C. S. Lewis

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

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experience god
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. - C. S. Lewis

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

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failure
I gave in, and admitted that God was God. - C. S. Lewis

I gave in, and admitted that God was God.

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faith god
Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ. - C. S. Lewis

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.

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faith
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. - C. S. Lewis

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.

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fear
Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities. - C. S. Lewis

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

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friendship
The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. - C. S. Lewis

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

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future time
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. - C. S. Lewis

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.

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god
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. - C. S. Lewis

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

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god happiness peace