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Need a quote source

Need a quote source

Postby mamanogs » 20 Nov 2004, 17:01

I am working on my thesis and cannot track this quote "Joy is the perfume that is left when God passes by." I may have it off a bit but that is the gist.
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Re: Need a quote source

Postby Karen » 20 Nov 2004, 17:15

The closest thing I can find is: "Joy is a perfume that you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself", which is one of those anonymous internet quotes. In any case, neither that nor what you've written sounds like it came from C.S. Lewis' pen. Joy is a wonderful (and expensive) perfume, however. :)
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Re: Need a quote source

Postby Sven » 20 Nov 2004, 17:39

mamanogs wrote:I am working on my thesis and cannot track this quote "Joy is the perfume that is left when God passes by." I may have it off a bit but that is the gist.


Hi, mamanogs,
This might be the quote you're thinking of. It comes from a sermon Lewis preached named The Weight of Glory. In it, he is speaking of the things that awaken the 'longing for glory', a term which he defines in a way very similar to his definition of 'Joy'.

The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things--the beauty, the memory of our own past--are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have not visited.


Hope this helps.

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