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C.S. Lewis
(29 Nov 1898 - 22 Nov 1963)

Irish novelist and theologian who was a lecturer in medieval and Renaissance studies at Oxford University. He is best known as the writer of the series of seven religious allegories for children as The Chronicles of Narnia (1955). Lewis also wrote a trilogy of space novels, including That Hideous Strength (1945), in which he satirized scientific materialism controlled by bureaucrats who nearly cause the degeneration of humanity.

Science Quotes by C.S. Lewis (7 quotes)

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
— C.S. Lewis
Quoted in Kim Lim (ed.), 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom: Words to Enrich, Inspire, and Guide Your Life (2014), 10
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If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.
— C.S. Lewis
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It might be going too far to say that the modern scientific movement was tainted from its birth; but I think it would be true to say that it was born in an unhealthy neighborhood and at an inauspicious hour. Its triumphs may have been too rapid and purchased at too high a price: reconsideration, and something like repentance, may be required.
— C.S. Lewis
In The Abolition of Man (1978).
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The future … [is] something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
— C.S. Lewis
In The Screwtape Letters & Screwtape Proposes a Toast (1961), 130.
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Two kinds of symbol must surely be distinguished. The algebraic symbol comes naked into the world of mathematics and is clothed with value by its masters. A poetic symbol—like the Rose, for Love, in Guillaume de Lorris—comes trailing clouds of glory from the real world, clouds whose shape and colour largely determine and explain its poetic use. In an equation, x and y will do as well as a and b; but the Romance of the Rose could not, without loss, be re-written as the Romance of the Onion, and if a man did not see why, we could only send him back to the real world to study roses, onions, and love, all of them still untouched by poetry, still raw.
— C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis and E.M. Tillyard, The Personal Heresy: A Controversy (1936), 97.
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We may not be able to get certainty, but we can get probability, and half a loaf is better than no bread.
— C.S. Lewis
Christian Reflections (1967), 111
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When it becomes clear that you cannot find out by reasoning whether the cat is in the linen-cupboard, it is Reason herself who whispers, “Go and look. This is not my job: it is a matter for the senses.”
— C.S. Lewis
In Miracles: A Preliminary Study (1947), 110. Collected in Words to Live By: A Guide for the Merely Christian (2007), 245.
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