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beauty quote

Postby blueflowervotary » 13 Sep 2006, 04:02

Hello all you wonderful people! I was wondering if anyone could refresh my memory on one of the quotes Lewis made about beauty that goes something like "the sincerest praise of the deepest beauty when all is said and done is 'you break my heart'?". One of my friends and i got in a discussion about Sehnsucht and aethestics and hes now asking for the quote as if his life depends on it. I'm at college most of my lewis books are at home :( so i can't look for it myself, but i recall the hint of it in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Surprised by Joy. Thanks soooo much!
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re: beauty quote

Postby Sven » 13 Sep 2006, 19:58

Welcome, O devotee of Novalis! :grin:

C. S. Lewis wrote:Epigrams and Epitaphs

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Have you not seen that in our days
Of any whose story, song, or art
Delights us, our sincerest praise
Means, when all's said, 'You break my heart'?

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Hope this helps.

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Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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re: beauty quote

Postby Lara » 14 Sep 2006, 17:41

Sven, can you even wear hats? :read:
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re: beauty quote

Postby Sven » 14 Sep 2006, 19:24

Yes, but not many of them out in public...

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Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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re: beauty quote

Postby loeee » 14 Sep 2006, 19:56

Sven, please tell me that is not one of your cats.

(If it is, do you still have all your fingers?)
"You can't go walking through Mordor in naught but your skin."
Put on the full armor of God.
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re: beauty quote

Postby Sven » 14 Sep 2006, 19:58

heh, the Feline Overlords would not permit such a thing.

They won't even let me get away with sleeping in late on Saturday!
Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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re: beauty quote

Postby blueflowervotary » 15 Sep 2006, 04:22

THAT'S IT! thank you sooooo much! i'm not sure how i feel about the red and white cat hat tho... lol. :)
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Postby blueflowervotary » 15 Sep 2006, 04:31

Oh Novalis! Yes! I'm afraid the greatest prolonged exposure I've had to his writings are the prefaces to chapters in MacDonald's Phantastes. I've tried to look for translations online, but i'm stifled by handicap of not speaking German! What i have found tho is that he is so terribly ambigious!

This poor friend of mine has not had any exposure to the right authors or anything, so he doesn't even begin to understand this disease he is plauged with. He's a musician, a french horn player, and music is where he finds most of the sharp longing. He didn't even know that other people felt such things or were communicate them if they ever did, so we have some interesting discussions. Somehow they always end on a rather depressing note. Have you found this to be true in your experince? Should i be posting this in another forum?
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re: beauty quote

Postby Sven » 15 Sep 2006, 19:22

You're welcome, votary :smile:

We prefer to leave the Q & A forum for short questions like your orginal post, and do any prolonged conversations in the other forums here on the Wardrobe. Please consider registering and starting a thread to discuss Sehnsucht, which Lewis called Joy. We've had threads on it before, but not lately, I think. Always a good topic.

Plus, if your friend is interested, we have some musicians here who may find common ground with him in a discussion of the specific feeling of music as Joy.

Oh, and Novalis? Personally I find him quite tedious. I doubt I ever would have read anything of his if not for the Lewis connection. :lol:

Selah,
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Rat! he found breath to whisper, shaking. Are you afraid?
Afraid? murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love.
Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never! And yet -- and yet -- O, Mole, I am afraid!
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
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