【 編者按：去年今日適逢 C. S. Lewis 逝世 50 週年，iQuest 編輯選輯了 C. S. Lewis 最廣為人知的20句話，是為紀念。今天重刊此文，以饗讀者。 】
1963年11月22日是一個值得紀念的日子。美國第35任總統約翰肯尼迪（John F. Kennedy）在這一天被暗殺身亡。«美麗新世界»（Brave New World）作者Aldous Leonard Huxley 和基督教思想家C. S. Lewis也在同一天逝世。
因著《納尼亞王國》 (The Chronicles of Narnia) 的上映，很多人認識了它的作者——C. S. Lewis。但他不僅是童書作家，他同時擁有三種身份（也被稱為“三個C.S.Lewis”）：第一，他是牛津和劍橋大學著名的文學批評家和教授（中世紀及文藝復興時期英語文學教授）；第二，他是廣受好評的奇幻小說和兒童文學作家；第三，他是知名的基督教神學作家和護教家。
今天適逢C. S. Lewis逝世50週年，我們特選輯他最廣為人知的20句話，是為紀念。
【 論基督教 】
Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.
If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
Man is not the centre. God does not exist for the sake of man. Man does not exist for his own sake.
【 論信仰生活 】
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
A cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to Hell than a prostitute.
Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it.
Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.
To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.
The world does not consist of 100 percent Christians and 100 percent non-Christians. There are people (a great many of them) who are slowly ceasing to be Christians but who still call themselves by that name: some of them are clergymen. There are other people who are slowly becoming Christians though they do not yet call themselves so.
【 論愛、勇氣、痛苦 】
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
If God is Love, He is, by definition something more than mere kindness. And it appears, from all the records, that though He has often rebuked us and condemned us, He has never regarded us with contempt. He has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
【 論教育 】
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.