"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito. And the incognito is not always hard to penetrate. The real labor is to remember, to attend. In fact, to come awake. Still more, to remain awake.

[attentiveness: C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcom, Chiefly on Prayer]

Posted by Jeff on 08.03.2011

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The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life—the life God is sending one day by day; what one calls one’s ‘real life’ is a phantom of one’s own imagination. This at least is what I see at moments of insight: but it's hard to remember it all the time.

[life: C.S. Lewis, Letter to Arthur Greeves, 12/20/1943]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 07.28.2010

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"God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them."

[Humanity: C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009

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"If you take nature as your teacher she will teach you exactly the lessons you had already decided to learn; this is only another way of saying that nature does not teach."

[Nature: C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009

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"'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan. 'And that is both honor enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth.'"

[humanity: C.S. Lewis, Prince Caspian]

Posted by Jonathan Schindler on 06.09.2009

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