CSL Daily 01/09/18

FACT OF THE DAY:

“The Birth of Language” is a poem by Lewis published January 9, 1946 in Punch (it uses planetary imagery).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“May God’s grace give you the necessary humility. Try not to think—much less, speak—of their sins. One’s own are a much more profitable theme!”

Letter to Mary Willis Shelburne
(from Collected Letters, Volume 3 on 1/9/1961)

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CSL Daily 01/06/18

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FACT OF THE DAY:

On January 6, 1944 The Abolition of Man was first published. It came from a series of lectures from Feb. 1943.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“If nothing is self-evident, nothing can be proved.”

The Abolition of Man
(Published on 1/6/1944)

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CSL Daily 12/19/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

“Screwtape Proposes a Toast” first appeared Dec. 19, 1959 in The Saturday Evening Post.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Democracy is the word with which you must lead them by the nose. The good work which our philological experts have already done in the corruption of human language makes it unnecessary to warn you that they should never be allowed to give this word a clear and definable meaning.”

Screwtape Proposes a Toast
(Published in The Saturday Evening Post on 12/19/1959)

CSL Daily 12/16/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Lewis mentioned “Tolkien’s unfinished sequel to the Hobbit” in the preface of Essays Presented to Charles Williams (a book Lewis edited and published in 1947).

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Of all passions the passion for the Inner Ring is most skillful in making a man who is not yet a very bad man do very bad things.”

The Inner Ring
(Talk given on 12/14/1944)

CSL Daily 10/02/17

FACT OF THE DAY:

Originally an unsigned review, Lewis’ views on The Hobbit was published on Oct. 2, 1937 in The Times Literary Supplement.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“The Hobbit…will be funniest to its youngest readers, and only years later, at a tenth or a twentieth reading, will they begin to realise what deft scholarship and profound reflection have gone to make everything in it so ripe, so friendly, and in its own way so true.”

A World for Children
(First published 10/2/1937 in The Times Literary Supplement)