(CCSLQ-35) – Someone I Love

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 (CLICK 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.   


Someone I Love
“There is someone I love, even though I don’t approve of what he does. There is someone I accept, though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive, though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is me.”

The above quotation expresses some very thoughtful comments. For me it is not only a great reminder that I’m not perfect, but also a challenge to extend to others around me the same love, acceptance and forgiveness I give to myself. It’s just the type of thing you would expect C.S. Lewis to encourage somewhere in his writings. In fact he does! But, he just does NOT use those exact words. While known for making concise profound statements, he expresses this sentiment with a lot more words (details below). So, what we have pictured above is another example of taking material from C.S. Lewis and paraphrasing it.

How can I be so sure? In addition to not finding the quotation in any of Lewis’ work, I also tracked down places it is found and I also believe I know where it was first shared.

CSL Daily 4/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Christian Behaviour was first published on April 19, 1943. It is better known for being Book 3 of Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Hope…a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.”

Christian Behaviour 
(Published 4/19/1943)

Q04-19 - (Looking Forward)

CSL Daily 3/7/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Good Infection, the third of the 4th BBC radio series was given March 7, 1944. It became the fourth chapter in Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“It is quite right to go away from [the words of the Bible] for a moment in order to make some special point clear. But you must always go back.”

Good Infection
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 3/7/44)

Q03-07 (Special Point Clear)

CSL Daily 2/22/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Making and Begetting,” the first of the 4th BBC radio series was given on February 22, 1944. Eventually it become part of Mere Christianity.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“A vague religion – all about feeling God in nature, and so on – is so attractive. It is all thrills and no work.”

Making and Begetting
(Initially a BBC broadcast from 2/22/44)

Q02-22 (A Vague Religion)

CSL Daily 2/14/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

A Grief Observed was published for the first time in the US on February 14, 1963, after being released in the UK on 9/29/1961. Also paperbacks of The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity (both 1955) in the UK.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Bereavement is not the truncation of married love but one of its regular phases—like the honeymoon. What we want is to live our marriage well and faithfully through that phase too. If it hurts (and it certainly will) we accept the pains as a necessary part of this phase.”

A Grief Observed 
(Published in the US on 2/14/1963)

Q02-14 (Bereavement - We Accept)