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Quotes of the Day for 29 November 2001 – C. S. Lewis

Clive Hamilton Staples Lewis was born at Belfast, Ireland on this day in 1898. After his mother's death he abandoned his faith, went to Oxford, went to war, returned to Oxford as a tutor, and became a major Christian author after returning to Christianity in 1929. Millions of kids grew up with his magical "Chronicles of Narnia" books. His books were signed C. S. Lewis, but he was Jack to family and friends.

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The quotes:

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

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

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth - only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements.
     - All today's quotes are from Clive Staples Lewis, 1898 - 1963


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