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where can I find this quote?

PostPosted: 18 Mar 2008, 21:44
by mkmills
Hello All,

I ran across a quote (online) attributed to C. S. Lewis and am hoping someone can point me to the source. It does have the feel or “fingerprint” of something Lewis might have said, but before I use it in my own writings, I’d like to (1) know that he indeed was the author and (2) where it can be found. (If you know the section of the book that would be even more helpful!) Here's the quote:

“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.”

Thank You very much for any help you can offer!

Michael K Mills

PostPosted: 18 Mar 2008, 21:49
by john
I can verify that it is, indeed from C. S. Lewis (from Mere Christianity, Book I: "Right and Wrong As a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe", Part V, "We Have Cause to Be Uneasy").

Here's a link to the actual text.

PostPosted: 18 Mar 2008, 21:57
by Sven
Indeed it is, right from the end of Book I, chapter 5.

PostPosted: 19 Mar 2008, 14:25
by Guest
Thank you, both! I've read Mere Christianity several times but didn't remember that quote being there. I appreciate your help very much!


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PostPosted: 25 Mar 2008, 20:18
by Theanthonyzone
Along this same line of questioning, I was hoping all the Lewistonian experts can give me some help. I am looking for a quote, that I believe was from C.S. Lewis, but I can't find it anywhere. I have been to probably 15 different sites that offer quotes of C.S. Lewis but to no avail.

The quote goes something like this (and I know I am butchering it)

"When you feel like you are doing well because life is good and things are easy, don't feel to proud of yourself. If you were better then you would be placed in a more important area. If you were more valient, you would be placed in the dark corners defending the most ugly areas."

If I am way off base, I apologize, but I love the quote, and would like to be able to place where he wrote it.