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CSL Daily

Posted by on Nov 29, 2020

  QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think no class of men are less enslaved to the past than historians. The unhistorical are usually, without knowing it, enslaved to a fairly recent...

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Special Feature

Posted by on Nov 23, 2020

Here’s the ninth special episode of my 90 second YouTube show. It tells about a movie that Max McLean is involved in about the life of C.S. Lewis. – – –...

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All About Jack

Posted by on Nov 14, 2020

“Hamlet: The Prince or the Poem?” is an essay from the academic side of C.S. Lewis. However, even if you are less interested in this type of material, you will still...

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Sep 19, 2020

posted 9/19/2020 INTRODUCTION This is the 8th article in a series devoted to clarifying whether or not C.S. Lewis wrote something you’ve seen quoted in a book and/or shared...

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Brief OVERVIEW of EssentialCSLewis.com

Welcome to all the NEW visitors to my website!

I thought with the recent increase in visitors that a BRIEF overview of what my site has would be useful.

I began this site about ten years ago and focused on providing quotes and facts about C.S. Lewis, my favorite author. Currently, I have “CSL Daily” that gives this information.

Another long-running feature is my PODCAST show, entitled “All About Jack – A C.S. Lewis Podcast.” It has it own dedicated website, but you can also see the content here on this website.

More recently I started a YouTube channel called “90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis,” where I briefly provide information about Lewis. On occasion, the videos focus on other features.

Over the last few years, my passion within Lewis studies has focused on what I call “confirming C.S. Lewis quotes.” That is, there are a lot of frequently shared quotes attributed to Lewis that he did NOT write, and I’ve tried to verify this. As I’ve written elsewhere, you can choose to enjoy quotes that are falsely attributed to him, however, if you choose to share them, do so without crediting Lewis. He wrote so many other great quotable sayings that one should share what he actually wrote! This information can also be found on a Facebook Group I created called Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations.

Speaking of this, I’ve written a book on the topic, called The Misquotable C.S. Lewis.

 

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Most of you are aware that this website and my social media places are all paid for by a single person, myself (William O’Flaherty) because of my love of the writings of C.S. Lewis.

You can play a part in supporting these works by clicking on the links I have and buy ANYTHING after following that link (that is, it does NOT have to be a Lewis book!).

So, click on the banner below and when you buy anything then I’ll get a small percentage of the sale! Please feel free to share this page with others.

 

 

Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions (Podcast Recap)

updated 3/24/18

The Misquotable C.S. Lewis is now available to buy – Learn where to get it

The following is the easiest way to locate the six part podcast series Exploring C.S. Lewis Misquotes and Misconceptions. This series is a companion to my Confirming Quotations and Correcting Misconceptions blog posts.

Just click on the picture of the episode you want to hear and it will take you to the podcast site to listen to it.

 

Episode 1 – General introduction to the series that provides an overview to all of the material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 2 – Explores quotations falsely attributed to Lewis
(first of two-part)

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELCOME!

WELCOME!
Sketch courtesy of Jef Murray

Sketch courtesy of Jef Murray

The purpose of Essential C.S. Lewis is to provide useful information to all types of C.S. Lewis fans. So, whether you are new to the works and writings of C.S. Lewis, or have been reading him for years, you should be able to find something new and/or interesting. Something just begun in 2013 are two new features. Below you will notice Jack in Retrospect and Quote of the Day. The first is a weekly column examining what was going on related to Lewis over the years that week. The quotes shared are from something he wrote (or was published) around the same time or month.  The four remaining elements: C.S. Lewis MinuteAll About Jack PodcastLewis Daily Quiz and Fact of the Day are the same as before (click on the links for details if you need it). Something else new is the ability to keep up with this site via Facebook. Please visit and like!

CSL Daily 11/29/20

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I think no class of men are less enslaved to the past than historians. The unhistorical are usually, without knowing it, enslaved to a fairly recent past.”

De Descriptione Temporum
(Inaugural lecture given by Lewis on 11/29/54)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

On Nov. 29, 1898 Lewis was born and in 1954 he gave his inaugural lecture for Cambridge University on his birthday. It was called “De Descriptione Temporum.”

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CSL Daily 11/28/20

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

[Screwtape bemoans the patient’s fate:] “He got through so easily! No gradual misgivings, no doctor’s sentence, no nursing home, no operating theatre, no false hopes of life; sheer, instantaneous liberation.”

The Screwtape Letters – XXXI
(First published in The Guardian on 11/28/1941)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

The final letter from Screwtape (31st) was printed Nov. 28, 1941 in The Guardian.

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CSL Daily 11/27/20

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I freely admit that, believing both, I have stressed the transcendence of God more than His immanence. I thought, and think, that the present situation demands this. I see around me no danger of Deism but much of an immoral, naive and sentimental pantheism. I have often found that it was in fact the chief obstacle to conversion.”

Rejoinder to Dr Pittenger (Published 11/26/58 in The Christian Century)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Rejoinder to Dr Pittenger” was printed in the November 26, 1958 issue of The Christian Century. It’s reprinted in God in the Dock.

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CSL Daily 11/26/20

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“When I began, Christianity came before the great mass of my unbelieving fellow-countrymen either in the highly emotional form offered by revivalists or in the unintelligible language of highly cultured clergymen. Most men were reached by neither.”

Rejoinder to Dr Pittenger (Published 11/26/58 in The Christian Century)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis’s funeral was held on Nov. 26, 1963 at Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry. Father Ronald Head lead the service. An obituary for the NY Times was published the day before.

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CSL Daily 11/25/20

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“To convert one’s adult neighbour and one’s adolescent neighbour (just free from school) is the practical thing. . . . If you make the adults of today Christian, the children of tomorrow will receive a Christian education. What a society has, that, be sure, and nothing else, it will hand on to its young.”

Preface to B. G. Sandhurst’s How Heathen is Britain? (Collins Publishers, 1946) that was reprinted in God in the Dock under the title of “On the Transmission of Christianity”

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Pictures of Lewis were taken on Nov. 25, 1950 by John Chillingsworth for Radio Times.

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CSL Daily 11/24/20

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“‘You mean the evening is really going to turn into a night in the end?’
‘He nodded.'”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce III (First published in The Guardian on 11/24/1944)

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce III was published on Nov. 24, 1944 in The Guardian.

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90 Sec Special #9 – C.S. Lewis Movie in the Works! (YouTube)

Here’s the ninth special episode of my 90 second YouTube show. It tells about a movie that Max McLean is involved in about the life of C.S. Lewis.

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Links to information shared in this episode:

Join the 90 Seconds to Knowing C.S. Lewis FB group

  • C.S. Lewis Goes To Hell: A Companion and Study Guide to The Screwtape Letters
  • The Misquotable C.S. Lewis
  • Links to information shared in this episode:

    CSL Daily 11/23/20

    QUOTE OF THE DAY:

    “Whatever men expect they soon come to think they have a right to: the sense of disappointment can, with very little skill on our part, be turned into a sense of injury.”

    The Screwtape Letters – XXX
    (First published in The Guardian on 11/21/1941)

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    FACT OF THE DAY:

    “March for Drum, Trumpet, and Twenty-one Giants” is a Lewis poem first published in Punch in their Nov. 4, 1953 issue.

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    CSL Daily 11/22/20

    QUOTE OF THE DAY:

    (Screwtape Reveals:) The general rule which we have now pretty well established among them is that in all experiences which can make them happier or better only the physical facts are “Real” while the spiritual elements are “subjective.”

    The Screwtape Letters – XXX
    (First published in The Guardian on 11/21/1941)

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    FACT OF THE DAY:

    C.S. Lewis died on Nov. 22, 1963, the same day as JFK and Aldous Huxley.

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    CSL Daily 11/21/20

    QUOTE OF THE DAY:

    [A Warning to Wormwood]: “You will soon find that the justice of Hell is purely realistic, and concerned only with results. Bring us back food, or be food yourself.”

    The Screwtape Letters – XXX
    (First published in The Guardian on 11/21/1941)

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    FACT OF THE DAY:

    The Screwtape Letters – XXX was released on Nov. 21, 1941 in The Guardian. It was the next to the last one.

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    CSL Daily 11/20/20

    QUOTE OF THE DAY:

    “What we do when we imagine, then, is to suppose (with or without the support of explicit images) a reshuffling of universals taken from the actual world.”

    Image and Imagination
    (First published in Image and Imagination in November, 2013)

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    FACT OF THE DAY:

    Image and Imagination, the last book with previously unpublished material from Lewis was released in November, 2013.

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    CSL Daily 11/18/20

    QUOTE OF THE DAY:

    “A book worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then.”

    Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to Be Said
    (First published in The New York Times Book Review on 11/18/1956)

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    FACT OF THE DAY:

    “Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s to Be Said” was first published on Nov. 18, 1956 in The New York Times Book Review. HEAR A PODCAST ABOUT THIS ESSAY – All About Jack episode – Essay Chat with Dr. Holly Ordway

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    CSL Daily 11/17/20

    QUOTE OF THE DAY:

    [About the grey town:] “That’s one of the disappointments. I thought you’d meet interesting historical characters. But you don’t: they’re too far away.”

    “Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce II”
    (First published in The Guardian on 11/17/1944)

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    FACT OF THE DAY:

    “Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce II” was published on Nov. 17, 1944 in The Guardian. It later became part of chapter two of The Great Divorce.

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    CSL Daily 11/16/20

    QUOTE OF THE DAY:

    “The remarkable thing about [my brother’s] career is that it never occurred to him until a relatively late date that his great achievement would be prose.”

    Letters of C.S. Lewis – Memoir by W. H. Lewis
    (US edition published 11/16/1966)

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    FACT OF THE DAY:

    On November 16, 1966 the US edition of Letters of C.S. Lewis came out. It was edited, with a memoir by W.H. Lewis, his brother. It was released in the UK on April 18 of the same year.

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    CSL Daily 11/15/20

    QUOTE OF THE DAY:

    (Screwtape Suggests:) “Despair is a greater sin than any of the sins which provoke it.”

    The Screwtape Letters – XXIX
    (First published in The Guardian on 11/14/1941)

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    FACT OF THE DAY:

    On Nov. 14, 1958 Lewis wrote to Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher to accept his invitation to become a member of the Commission to Revise the Psalter.

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