“A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.”
“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”
“Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.”
“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.”
“You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
Clive Staple Lewis was born November 29, 1898. He was born in Belfast, Ireland. His father was Albert James Lewis, a solicitor, and his mother was Florence Augusta Lewis. He was known by his friends and family as Jack. As a young child, Lewis was anthropomorphic animals, animals with human characteristics. This led to his fascination with Beatrix Potter's stories. He would often write and illustrate his own stories.
He was taught by private tutors before being sent to the Wynyard School in 1908. The school was closed due to lack of pupils and Lewis was enrolled in Campbell College . He left Campbell due to respiratory issues and attended Cherbourg House. It was here that he abandoned his Christian faith and adopted atheism. In 1916 Lewis was given a scholarship to attend Oxford University . It was here that Lewis become more familiar with the work of W. B. Yeats. Yeats work appealed to Lewis due to the Irish mythology interspersed in his writing.
During World War I, Lewis volunteered in the British Army. During training he shared a room with Edward Courtnay Francis "Paddy" Moore . They made a pact that if either one was killed then the other would take care of both of their families. Lewis was injured in an artillery attack and his friendship with Moore was solidified, especially in light of the fact that Lewis's own father didn't visit him as he was recovering. This was the time when he met Edward's mother, Jane. They struck up a friendship and soon Lewis was introducing her as his "mother." Lewis, his brother, Jane and her daughter soon moved into a house together in the outskirts of Oxford . They, together, bought the house and remained there until Jane suffered dementia and moved into a nursing home.
In his later years Lewis began corresponding with Joy Davidman Gresham. She was the estranged wife of novelist William L. Gresham. They began first as friends which then developed into a civil marriage contract. The purpose of the civil marriage contract, at first, was to allow Joy to remain in the United Kingdom . It then developed into a more emotional connection that led to a Christian marriage. Joy was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer. She later died in 1960.
Lewis was most known for his scholarly pursuits as well as his novels. He was an avid scholar. He graduated from Oxford and went on to teach. He had a close circle of friends. Included in this select group are J.R.R. Tolkien, Neville Coghill, Lord David Cecil, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield as well as Lewis's own brother Warren. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Lewis was a novelist. He wrote the famous children's series, The Chronicles of Narnia. He also wrote The Pilgrim's Regress which was about his own experience with Christianity. He also ventured into the realm of science fiction with his Space trilogy books.
In June 1961 Lewis began having health problems and was diagnosed with an inflammation of the kidneys which led to blood poisoning. He slowly began improving until 1963 when he became ill and was admitted into the hospital. The following day he suffered a heart attack and then fell into a coma. This caused him to resign his teaching position. He continued to decline and by November 1963 he was diagnosed with end stage renal failure. He collapsed on November 22, 1963 and died.