A C.S. Lewis Eleventary

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” “The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will …

Not Just Passing Through

“Humanity does not pass through phases as a train passes through a station: being alive, it has the privilege of always moving yet never leaving anything behind.” C.S. Lewis

Poetry: A Guide on Where to Start

G.K. Chesterton–start with the “Ballad of the White Horse” and “Lepanto” but don’t miss his short, humorous verse and his Christmas poems. Hilaire Belloc–almost all of his poetry is worth reading, but especially his traveling verses. Sir Walter Scott–nothing beats his great epics like “The Lady of the Lake.” Arthur Quiller-Couch–again, almost everything from Q is worth careful reading, but …

Half-Hearted Ruts

“OurLord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-heartedcreatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition, when infinite joy isoffered to us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in theslum because he c…

Ideological Busybodies

“Of all thetyrannies, a tyranny sincerely expressed for the good of its victims may be themost oppressive.  It may be betterto live under robber barons than under omnipotent ideological busybodies.”  C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

A Literary Life

Long before the bane of cable television and the internet invaded our every waking moment C.S. Lewis commented that while most people inmodern industrial cultures are at least marginally able to read, they just don’t.  In his wise and wonderful bo…