Saturday, January 21, 2006

C. S. LEWIS "QUOTE OF THE WEEK"

There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves....
The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drukenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind....
As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you....
The real test of being in the presence of God is that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object. It is better to forget about yourself altogether.


C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, bk 3, ch. 8

3 comments:

Mimi said...

I loaned out my copy of that book, I should buy a new one sinces it's been a while.

That's a great quote, thank you.

John said...

Mimi,

Yeah, I've loaned mine out as well. These quotes are from an anthology of his works, arranged by subject. I believe it is entitled "A Mind Awake" or something like that.

Mem said...

lewis's books are always hard to get back when loaned out. I was told to NEVER loan his books but still I do. your site is extremely interesting. Thanks