CSL Daily

Posted by on Dec 10, 2016

FACT OF THE DAY: On December 1, 1956 Lewis had “Behind the Scenes” published in Time and Tide. It is reprinted in God in the Dock. – – – QUOTE OF THE DAY: “If it is true that all our enjoyment of the images, without remainder, can be explained in terms of infantile sexuality, then, […]

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Special Feature

Posted by on Nov 22, 2016

Back in 2013 there were several events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis. The key celebrations of his life were held in England and centered around a special event known as C.S. Lewis at Poets’ Corner. Now a book has been released sharing the updated transcripts of the talks, the […]

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All About Jack

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016

The following is the main part of an inaugural lecture from Dr. Donald T. Williams called “For the Sake of the Story: Doctrine and Discernment in Reading C.S. Lewis.” Dr. Williams is a Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities and Natural Sciences Department at Toccoa Falls College in Northeast Georgia. This audio is […]

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Confirming Quotations

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month (or sometimes the second if there are five Saturdays). There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted […]

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Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations (INTRODUCTION)

This is the official introduction to an occasional series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. 

INTRODUCTION

Why Care?

The first thought some people have when they hear a quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis may not be by him, or that the quote as it is presented is too isolated from its context, is WHO CARES? Obviously, I do and in addition to many others that I know do, I hope you will as well.

Categories of Questionable Quotations

To make sure you are clear with what these mean, the following explanations should help:

  1. Not – those falsely attributed to Lewis. Someone else wrote it. Lewis may or may not have written something similar.

  2. Almost – it is either a paraphrase or missing some words or incorrect words, but usually no one else said it as far as we know.

  3. Not Quite – while Lewis wrote it, the quote when isolated means something other than intended (or has the potential to be misunderstood).

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 12/10

FACT OF THE DAY:

On December 1, 1956 Lewis had “Behind the Scenes” published in Time and Tide. It is reprinted in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If it is true that all our enjoyment of the images, without remainder, can be explained in terms of infantile sexuality, then, I confess, our literary judgements are in ruins. But I do not believe it is true.”

Psycho-Analysis and Literary Criticism
(Published in Selected Literary Essays; released on 12/4/1969)

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CSL Daily 12/09

FACT OF THE DAY:

“After Priggery – What?” is an essay by Lewis first published on December 7, 1945 in The Spectator. Available now in Present Concerns.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“To avoid a man’s society because he is poor or ugly or stupid may be bad; but to avoid it because he is wicked—with the all but inevitable implication that you are less wicked (at least in some respect)—is dangerous and disgusting.”

After Priggery – What?
(Published in The Spectator on 12/7/1945)

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CSL Daily 12/08

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce V” was published today (Dec. 8) in 1944 in The Guardian. This eventual became part of The Great Divorce.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I do not look at myself. I have given up myself.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce V
(Published in The Guardian on 12/8/1944)

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CSL Daily 12/07

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Delinquents in the Snow” is an article Lewis wrote that was published today (Dec. 7) in 1957 in Time and Tide.  It’s available in God in the Dock.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Not all kinds of peace are compatible with all kinds of goodwill, nor do all those who say “Peace, peace” inherit the blessing promised to the peacemakers.”

Delinquents in the Snow
(Published 12/7/57 in Time and Tide)

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CSL Daily 12/06

FACT OF THE DAY:

On Dec. 4, 1962 an informal conversation between Lewis, Kingsley Amis and Brian Aldiss was recorded and later published as “Unreal Estates.”

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A book’s no good to me until I’ve read it two or three times.”

Unreal Estates
(First recorded on 12/4/62 and later published after his death)

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For the Sake of the Story (Dr. Donald T. Williams) 2016r

for-the-sake-of-the-storyThe following is the main part of an inaugural lecture from Dr. Donald T. Williams called “For the Sake of the Story: Doctrine and Discernment in Reading C.S. Lewis.” Dr. Williams is a Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities and Natural Sciences Department at Toccoa Falls College in Northeast Georgia. This audio is from a video available online that includes a questions and answers segment not included here. Of special note is a new book by Dr. Williams that expands on many of the ideas presented in this talk. That new book (published December, 2016) is Deeper Magic: The Theology Behind The Writings of C.S.Lewis.

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Listen to “For the Sake of the Story” Talk 2016r

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CSL Daily 12/05

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Xmas and Christmas: A Lost Chapter from Herodotus” is a satirical piece by Lewis published in the December 4, 1954 issue of Time and Tide.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Unless there is something about which the author is never ironical, there can be no true irony in the work.”

A Note on Jane Austen
(Published in Selected Literary Essays; released on 12/4/1969)

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CSL Daily 12/04

Selected-Literary-Essays.jpgFACT OF THE DAY:

Selected Literary Essays, edited by Walter Hooper, was first published today (Dec. 4) in 1969.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Bible thus considered, for good or ill, as a single book, has been read for almost every purpose more diligently than for literary pleasure.”

The Literary Impact of the Authorized Version
(Published in Selected Literary Essays; released on Dec. 4, 1969)

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(CCSLQ-30) – Be Weird, Be Random

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month (or sometimes the second if there are five Saturdays). There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series.   


be-weird

“Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you
never know who would love the person you hide.”

Is there anyone else who is exactly like you? Of course not! Even if you have a twin sibling, that person is different from you in a variety of ways. Sadly, some do not feel like the unique person God created them to be. That’s why I think the above quotation appeals to so many. It encourages them to take the risk to act differently. Beyond the possible meaning of the expression how do we know C.S. Lewis didn’t write it?

CSL Daily 12/03

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FACT OF THE DAY:

A Mind Awake: An Anthology of C. S. Lewis was published for the first time in the US today (Dec. 3) in 1969. The UK version came out March 4, 1968.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“How could an idiotic universe have produced creatures whose mere dreams are so much stronger, better, subtler than itself?”

(Published in A Mind Awake; from a letter to Sheldon Vanauken on 12/23/1950 found in The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 3)

 

CSL Daily 12/02

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis gave the 2nd of 3 of the Ballard Mathews lectures today (Dec. 2) in 1941 on Paradise Lost that later became part of his book A Preface to Paradise Lost.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“I have no objection to the inclusion of Freudian explanations provided they are not allowed to exclude all others.”

Behind the Scenes
(Published in Time and Tide on 12/1/1956)

 

CSL Daily 12/01

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FACT OF THE DAY:

“Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce IV” was published today (Dec. 1) in 1944 in The Guardian. It’s chapter 3 of The Great Divorce.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It was the light, the grass, the trees that were different; made of some different substance, so much solider than things in our country that men were ghosts by comparison.”

Who Goes Home? or The Grand Divorce IV
(Published in The Guardian on 12/1/1944)

CSL Daily 11/30

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FACT OF THE DAY:

God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics was released today (Nov. 30) in the US in 1970. It was edited by Walter Hooper.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.”

Answers to Questions on Christianity
(Published in God in the Dock; 11/30/1970)

C.S. Lewis Retreat 2012 Panel Discussion pt. 2 (2016r)

csl-foundation-2012-panel-pt2The following is the second and final part of the panel discussion from the 2012 C.S. Lewis Foundation Retreat where the theme was about The Great Divorce. A variety questions were covered (see list below) by the panel. Members of the panel were Joseph Pearce, Louis Markos, Diana Glyer, Andrew Lazo, and Doug Jackson. I (William O’Flaherty) was the moderator. A variety of questions and topics are covered; don’t miss the final question – “What was the best idea or concept that Lewis created or adapted?”

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Listen to CSL Retreat Panel, pt 2  – 2016r

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Visit Various Websites of Panel:

CSL Daily 11/29

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FACT OF THE DAY:

Today (Nov. 29) in 1898 Lewis was born and in 1954 he gave his inaugural lecture for Cambridge University. It was called “De Descriptione Temporum.”

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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)