Friday, February 19, 2010

C.S. Lewis speaks on giving up

"No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptations means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it; and Christ because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means -- the only complete realist."


  1. Love it, my friend. Absolutely love it. Thanks for posting from my favorite author!

  2. I love this quote! It's long been one of my favorites! C.S. Lewis is the man. Thanks for posting this, it's a great reminder!

  3. Do you have copy writer for so good articles? If so please give me contacts, because this really rocks! :)

  4. Not sure what you mean Anonymous... would you like the source of this quotation? It is a book called "The Infinite Atonement" by Tad R. Callister.

  5. (Anonymous #2)

    I just finished that book by Callister--really good.

    If you enjoyed Callister's insights, I recommend "Mediation and Atonement" by President John Taylor. It's gooder.

    Trust me, I know, I'm Anonymous #2.


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