Biography of C S Lewis

BIOGRAPHY OF C S LEWIS

Among the most prolific Irish writers that ever set foot on the first of the earth is Clive Steve Lewis. A great scholar and influential author of more than 25 different Books, the biggest and most popular amongst them is His “Chronicles of Narnia” which is a fantasy series. Biography of C S Lewis who was also pro Christian religious writer.

THE MAN C S LEWIS.

Lewis was an author and a scholar at the famous and historic Oxford University where He turns out to be a famous Christian sympathetic writer, who combined the usage of philosophy and logic to provide active support to the teachings of His Christian faith.
All over the globe, He was known and famous as a result of Authoring the “Chronicles of Narnia which is a popular fantasy series that has been adopted into bestseller films for the small big screens. Biography of C S Lewis is quite interesting.

PLACE OF BIRTH & EARLY LIFE.

Born on 29 November 1898 in Belfast Ireland as Clive Staples Lewis to Mr. Albert Lewis and Mrs. Flora Hamilton Lewis.
At a young age Clive decided to name himself Jack, the name ended up becoming what family and friends call him. He was close and fond of his older brother and playmate Warren Staples Lewis.

Lewis’s life was fascinated by stories of valor and gallantry, the curiosity of fantastic animals. Tragedy struck 10 years after he was born when His mother flora died, He was later sent to a boarding school to study.

He was British military personnel during the first world war (Ww1) and served with gallantry and dedication till the period he was sent home after a bomb attack that injured Him. He went back home and chose to live as a surrogate son to a woman called Janik Moore, who was the mother of his friend that died during the war.

HIS BOOKS

It may interest while reading the biography of C S Lewis to know that He was an avid reader and lover of Books who also happens to be a prolific author of both fiction and nonfiction genres.
Throughout his career, he authored several books. His pro-faith arguments were seen clearly in his books like ” Miracles” 1947 and “the divorced” 1946 which are highly valued by theologians, General Public, and scholars.
His book named “the screwtape Letter” published in 1942 was a beloved satirical fiction-loaded novel and cherished by many till this day.
C A Lewis was deeply in love with narratives and classic mythology in his later years, where He wrote”Till we have faced: A myth retold” in 1956 in the book that featured the famous psyche and cupid story.

HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Lewis wrote his famous and popular autobiography titled ” Suprised by joy: the shape of my early life” which was published in the year 1955.

His books that were adapted into films and cartoons.

Lewis CS has some landmark and quality book series that were later adopted into various on-screen iterations which consist of the following: The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe, a cartoon that was released in 1979 popular among children and adults till the late 2000s. it was later adapted into a film series in 1989 which was also very popular.

In 2005 also, following the resounding success and lessons packed inside the book it was adapted into a blockbuster movie featuring influential celebrity actors such as Liam Neeson and Tilda Swinton.
Prince Caspian (2008), the voyage of the dawn treader(2010) were some of the movies adapted from his books.

The Silver Chair(2018) is the most recent film that was adapted from CS Lewis Books and many more on their to the cinema shortly.

MARRIED LIFE.

CS Lewis was in a happy marriage with the love of his life named Joy Lewis, their love life has been depicted and adapted into movies.

HOW HE MET HER

He met and married Joy Gresham who was an American English Teacher in 1956, two years after He was appointed a literature professor at Cambridge University. They met in Cambridge and enjoyed a happy and love-filled life till his demise.

HIS DEATH.

Like the famous saying goes ” everything that has a beginning must have an end”. It was heart-related problems that forced Lewis to resign from his professorial position at Cambridge University and stay home in 1963, He shortly died later in His Headington residence located in Oxford.

C S LEWIS FAMOUS AND POPULAR QUOTES.

Below are some of the most popular quotes of the famous writer as compiled by parade.com

1.”There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind”

2. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

3. “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”

4. “It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”

5. “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

6. “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”

7. “You can make anything by writing.”

More interesting quotes.

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”

“I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken.’”

“God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.”

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”

“I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”

“Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.”

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

“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”

Interesting quotes

“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.”

“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.”

“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.”

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” “Things never happen the same way twice.”

C S Lewis quotes continued

“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.”

“Courage, dear heart.”

“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

“Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”

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

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” “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.”

“He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.”

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”

“Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.”

“Make your choice, adventurous Stranger,
Strike the bell and bide the danger,
Or wonder, till it drives you mad,
What would have followed if you had.”

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

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call Him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” “Adventures are never fun while you’re having them.”

“There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.”

“Since it is so likely that [children] will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise, you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.”

“Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him, everything else thrown in.”

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.”“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become – because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be…It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.”

“Do not dare not to dare.”

“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course, it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.”

“Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day, and death of your whole body, in the end, submit with every fiber of your being, and you will find eternal life.

“You may have noticed that the books you love are bound together by a secret thread. You know very well what is the common quality that makes you love them, though you cannot put it into words.”

“But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.”

“Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.”

“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.”

“Remember He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can’t see it. So quietly submit to be painted—i.e., keep fulfilling all the obvious duties of your station (you know quite well enough what they are!), asking forgiveness for each failure and then leaving it alone. You are in the right way. Walk—don’t keep on looking at it.”

“You can’t know, you can only believe – or not.”

“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.”

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man… It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.”

“A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.”

“The mold in which a key is made would be a strange thing if you had never seen a key: and the key itself a strange thing if you had never seen a lock. Your soul has a curious shape because it is a hollow made to fit a particular swelling in the infinite contours of the divine substance, or a key to unlock one of the doors in the house with many mansions. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone because you were made for it — made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.”

“Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.” “The death of a beloved is an amputation.”

“It was when I was happiest that I longed most…The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing…to find the place where all the beauty came from.”

More qoutes

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

“I never exactly made a book. It’s rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say.”

“God will not be used as a convenience. Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of heaven as a shortcut to the nearest chemist’s shop.”

“Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.”“Wrong will be right when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of his roar,

“Child, to say the very thing you mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.”

“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.”

“There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”

C.S. Lewis Quotes on Friendship

“Are not all lifelong friendships born at the moment when at last you meet another human being who has some inkling (but faint and uncertain even in the best) of that something which you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for?”

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.”

“What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.”

“The very condition of having Friends is that we should want something else besides Friends. Where the truthful answer to the question “Do you see the same truth?” would be “I see nothing and I don’t care about the truth; I only want a Friend,” no Friendship can arise – though Affection of course may. There would be nothing for the Friendship to be about; and Friendship must be about something, even if it were only an enthusiasm for dominoes or white mice. Those who have nothing can share nothing; those who are going nowhere can have no fellow-travelers.”

Friendship quotes con’t

“In a perfect Friendship, this Appreciative love is, I think, often so great and so firmly based that each member of the circle feels, in his secret heart, humbled before the rest. Sometimes he wonders what he is doing there among his betters. He is lucky beyond desert to be in such company. Especially when the whole group is together; each bringing out all that is best, wisest, or funniest in all the others.”

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

“Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.”

“People who bore one another should meet seldom; people who interest one another, often.”

“It is when two such persons discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision – it is then that Friendship is born. And instantly they stand together in an immense solitude.”

“In each of my friends, there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets… Hence true Friendship is the least jealous of love. Two friends delight to be joined by a third, and three by a fourth if only the newcomer is qualified to become a real friend. They can then say, as the blessed souls say in Dante, ‘Here comes one who will augment our loves.’ For in this love ‘to divide is not to take away.’”

“Those who cannot conceive Friendship as a substantive love but only as a disguise or elaboration of Eros betray the fact that they have never had a Friend. The rest of us know that though we can have erotic love and friendship for the same person yet in some ways nothing is less like Friendship than a love affair. Lovers are always talking to one another about their love; Friends hardly ever about their Friendship. Lovers are normally faced to face, absorbed in each other; Friends, side by side, absorbed in some common interest.”

Quotes con’t

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

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.”

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”

CONCLUSION

From all the above the detailed biography of C S Lewis, from his early life and influence of his elder brother to his curiosity on animals, from the lessons to be learned from his sojourn into oxford to the gallantry and valor He exhibited during ww1, to His famous book and how some of them were adapted into different movies and to the pain in his death. What lesson did You learn?

Are you inspired by the extraordinary life of C S Lewis?

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