Whether in sacrament talks, magazine articles, or General Conferences addresses, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regularly love to quote C.S. Lewis. A passionate convert to Christianity, Clive Staples Lewis held opinions remarkably parallel to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
However, C.S. Lewis said a great many things about a great many topics. Take this quiz to see if you can identify Lewis’ opinions on grief, literature, himself, eggs, the English language, and more!
Which of these quotes is from a work written by C.S. Lewis?
"Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief."
"We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full."
"The paradox of vengefulness is that it makes men dependent upon those who have harmed them, believing that their release from pain will come only when their tormentors suffer."
"Time is not the great teacher. Experience is. A man may live a whole life, but if he never leaves his home to experience that life, he dies knowing nothing. A mere child who has suffered and lived can be the wiser of the two."
What did C.S. Lewis think of literature?
"That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong."
"Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one."
"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 become."
"Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!"
How did C.S. Lewis describe himself?
"I don't know how to describe my appearance, except I look exactly as I should for an old, tired, happy servant of the Lord."
"I'm tall, fat, rather bald, red-faced, double-chinned, black-haired, have a deep voice, and wear glasses for reading.".
"I have rather tiny eyes, like a mouse. In fact, most of my features replicate that of a small rodent, including my love of cookie crumbs."
"I'm about as round and grand as Saint Nicholas, with just as rosy cheeks and not nearly as heroic."
What would C.S. Lewis probably think of his fantasy creatures rendered in CGI?
"Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world."
"Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare."
"Well, luckily with animation, fantasy is your friend."
"The replication of imaginary creatures in technicolor with gloss, shading, and depth is perhaps one of the most significant artistic miracles of this century."
How did C.S. Lewis describe the experience of a writer?
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
"You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children."
"Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind."
"Writing is like a 'lust,' or like 'scratching when you itch.' Writing comes as a result of a very strong impulse, and when it does come, I, for one, must get it out."
Which quotes about eggs is attributed to C.S. Lewis?
"The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities."
"A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg."
"Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the egg from which wars are hatched."
"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."
What did C.S. Lewis think about the English language?
"The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself."
"'Good English' is whatever educated people talk; so that what is good in one place or time would not be so in another."
"If the English language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers."
"The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity; so have some little frocks; but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine."
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QUIZ: Can You Identify These Obscure C.S. Lewis Quotes?