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Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: What I think is true is that at a certain stage in his life, he What I think is true is that at a certain stage in his life, he deliberately ceased to take any interest in himself except for a kind of spiritual alumnus taking his moral finals...Self-knowledge for him had come to mean recognition of his own weakness and shortcomings and nothing more. Anything beyond that he sharply suspected, both in himself and in others, as a symptom of spiritual megalomania. At best, there was so much else, in letters and in life, that he found much more interesting than himself.
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Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: God's goodness will not mean a spoiling indulgence; [H]is aim need not be our ease God's goodness will not mean a spoiling indulgence; [H]is aim need not be our ease so much as our perfection.
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Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: we refer to the Middle Ages as ages of faith; a time in which men we refer to the Middle Ages as ages of faith; a time in which men believed a heavenly Jerusalem above the sky much as they believed an earthly Sion beyond the sea; when the whole of their thought was of a piece with their theology...those were days when a thoughtful soul here or there could realize some unity of mental vision. The fact should be admitted, however we regard it - whether as the stultifying tyranny of dogma or as an enviable single-mindedness; an ideal too easily realized, no doubt, in a plentiful dearth of empirical knowledge, and yet establishing a standard after which perplexed modernity may strive.
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Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: His conversion to Christianity seems to have come about largely by thinking...It did not come His conversion to Christianity seems to have come about largely by thinking...It did not come by sudden intuition, or overwhelming vision, or even by the more usual path of conviction of sin calling for repentance and atonement.
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Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: a favourite couplet of Dunbar's sums up his view of the whole duty and delight a favourite couplet of Dunbar's sums up his view of the whole duty and delight of Man:

Man, please thy Maker and be merry
And give not for this world a cherry.
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Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: I sense in his style an indefeasible core of Protestant certainties, the certainties of a I sense in his style an indefeasible core of Protestant certainties, the certainties of a simple, unchanging, entrenched ethic that knows how to distinguish, unarguably, between Right and Wrong, Natural and Unnatural, High and Low, Black and White, with a committed force, an ethic on which his ramified and seemingly conciliatory structures of argument are invisibly based
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Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: When under suffering we see good men go to pieces we do not witness the When under suffering we see good men go to pieces we do not witness the failure of a moral discipline to take effect; we witness the advance of death where death comes by inches.
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Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: he almost never spoke about himself, in my hearing at least: though once, shortly after he almost never spoke about himself, in my hearing at least: though once, shortly after his marriage, when he brought his wife to lunch with me, he said...looking at her across the grassy quadrangle, 'I never expected to have, in my sixties, the happiness that passed me by in my twenties.
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Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: If the requirements of world-structure are so inexorable, what scope is there for a free If the requirements of world-structure are so inexorable, what scope is there for a free providence in distributing pleasures and pains? If pains are the natural rubs of a world-structure bearing on sentient creatures, what need have we to view them as instruments of a disciplinary providence?
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Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: Lewis lived in as good a setting as any man for the life of vigilant Lewis lived in as good a setting as any man for the life of vigilant aestheticism...His rooms were on the first floor of New Buildings 3, and ran the width of the building, so that the sitting-room looked out on Magdalen Grove, the other half of the suite commanding the Cloister, and, in the background, the incomparable Tower.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: he gave an account of the Spenserian world that championed its ethical attitudes as well he gave an account of the Spenserian world that championed its ethical attitudes as well as their fairy-tale terms, with a rich joy in the defeat of dragons, giants, sorcerers, and sorceresses by the forces of virtue; it was a world he could inhabit and believe in as one inhabits and believes a dream of one's own; its knights, dwarfs, and ladies were real to him...he rejoiced as much in the ugliness of the giants and in the beauty of the ladies as in their spiritual significances, but most of all in the ambience of the faerie forest and plain that, he said, were carpeted with a grass greener than the common stuff of ordinary glades; this was the reality of grass, only to be apprehended in poetry: the world of the imagination was nearer to the truth than the world of the senses, notwithstanding its palpable fictions, and Spenser transcended sensuality by making use of it
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: What will has caused, will must be brought to correct. What will has caused, will must be brought to correct.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: we would stride over Hinksey and Cumnor - we walked almost as fast as we we would stride over Hinksey and Cumnor - we walked almost as fast as we talked - disputing and quoting, as we looked for the dark dingles and tree-topped hills of Matthew Arnold. This kind of walk must be among the commonest, perhaps among the best, of undergraduate experiences. Lewis, with the gusto of a Chesterton or a Belloc, would suddenly roar out a passage of poetry that he had newly discovered and memorized, particularly if it were in Old English, a language novel and enchanting to us both for its heroic attitudes and crashing rhythms
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: Lewis was an apologist from temper, from conviction, and from modesty. From temper, for he Lewis was an apologist from temper, from conviction, and from modesty. From temper, for he loved argument. From conviction, being traditionally orthodox. From modesty, because he laid no claim either to the learning which would have made him a theologian or to the grace which would have made him a spiritual guide.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: It delighted him that he could find no use of the word modern in Shakespeare It delighted him that he could find no use of the word modern in Shakespeare that did not carry its load of contempt.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: There were many echoes of Johnson in Lewis. Both were formidable in their learning and There were many echoes of Johnson in Lewis. Both were formidable in their learning and in the range of their conversation, both had the same delight in argument, and in spite of their regard for truth, would argue for victory. Lewis had Johnson's handiness with the butt end of a pistol if an argument misfired. Like Johnson, he was a largish, unathletic-looking man, heavy but not tall, with a roundish, florid face that perspired easily and showed networks of tiny blood-vessels on close inspection; he had a dark flop of hair and rather heavily pouched eyes; these eyes gave life to the face, they were large and brown and unusually expressive. The main effects were of a mild, plain powerfulness, and over all there was a sense of simple masculinity, of a virility absorbed into intellectual life. He differed in his youth from most others of his age by seeming to have no sexual problems or preoccupations, or need to talk about them if he had them
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: The gift of phrase was instantaneous to him in him, and that must partly account The gift of phrase was instantaneous to him in him, and that must partly account for his huge output; but there was a plentitude of mind as well as a swiftness of phrase to help him; he never put a nib wrong.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: Like Johnson, Lewis was more impressive in his conversation than in his poetry, and more Like Johnson, Lewis was more impressive in his conversation than in his poetry, and more impressive in his prose - particularly in his learned prose - than in his conversation.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: Man, to Lewis, is an immortal subject; pains are his moral remedies, salutary disciplines, willing Man, to Lewis, is an immortal subject; pains are his moral remedies, salutary disciplines, willing sacrifices, playing their part in a drama of interchange between God and him.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: His Christianity, so important to him personally, was also important professionally, for it enabled him His Christianity, so important to him personally, was also important professionally, for it enabled him to enter into fuller imaginative sympathy with the Middle Ages and Renaissance...and give spiritual substance to his life's work in those fields, so penetrated by Christian thought.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: Here at last was an Attendant Spirit to liberate us from the spells of Burkhardt Here at last was an Attendant Spirit to liberate us from the spells of Burkhardt or Addington Symonds and challenge the easy antithesis of fantastic and fideistic Middle Ages versus logical and free-thinking Renaissance. And it is a prime justification of medieval studies that if properly pursued they soon dispose of such facile distinctions, and overthrow the barriers of narrow specialism and textbook chronology. In this sense medieval just as much as classical studies make men more humane. It would indeed be hard to separate in Lewis' culture the one from the other: just as hard as it is to understand the Middle Ages themselves without knowing classical literature or the Renaissance without knowing the Middle Ages. This continuity of literature and of learning Lewis not only asserted but embodied.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: in describing the various writers of his idolatry he more than once lets fall a in describing the various writers of his idolatry he more than once lets fall a phrase that could equally apply to himself. 'To read Spenser,' he says, 'is to grow in mental health.' What he values in Addison is his 'open-mindedness.' The moments of despair chronicled in Scott's diary cannot, he claims, counterpoise 'that ease and good temper, that fine masculine cheerfulness' suffused through the best of the Waverly novels. Most of all it was the chiaroscuro of what Chaucer called 'earnest' and 'game' that attracted him. He found it eminently in the poetry of Dunbar, that late-medieval Scottish maker who wrote the greatest religious poetry and the earthiest satire in the language
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: I asked him how he came to be writing for the popular American weekly. How I asked him how he came to be writing for the popular American weekly. How did he know what to write about or what to say? 'Oh...they have somehow got the idea that I am an unaccountably paradoxical dog, and they name the subject on which they want me to write; and they pay generously.' 'And so you set to work and invent a few paradoxes?' Not a bit of it. What I do is to recall, as well as I can, what my mother used to say on the subject, eke it out with a few similar thoughts of my own, and so produce what would have been strict orthodoxy in about 1900. And this seems to them outrageously paradoxical, avant garde stuff.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: What a pity it is that by such superfluous unrealities he should furnish the public What a pity it is that by such superfluous unrealities he should furnish the public with excuses to evade the overwhelming realism of his moral theology!
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: He often expressed his amazement...at the power of theatre to transfigure a play, and inject He often expressed his amazement...at the power of theatre to transfigure a play, and inject it with significances he could never have imagined without it: yet for all that, he did not change custom or become a theatregoer, and this...was a part of the price he had to pay for a habit of Protestantism.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: I believe Williams was the only one of us, except perhaps Ronald Tolkien, from whom I believe Williams was the only one of us, except perhaps Ronald Tolkien, from whom Lewis learnt any of his thinking. It was Charles Williams who expounded to him the doctrine of co-inherence and the idea that one had power to accept into one's own body the pain of someone else, through Christian love. This was a power...he had been allowed to use to ease the suffering of his wife, a cancer victim
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: Fine scholar though he was, he was an even better teacher; and it may truly Fine scholar though he was, he was an even better teacher; and it may truly be said of him...that in turning men's minds to the Middle Ages he 'stimulated their mental thirst...silently indoctrinating them with nobler ideas, which might afterwards be appealed to as first principles'.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: It is one thing to understand the doctrine, and quite another to be masters of It is one thing to understand the doctrine, and quite another to be masters of the controversy.' Lewis's ambition was of course to know the doctrine and to be master of the controversy.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: life-giving generosity was another depth in Lewis's nature that was part of his greatness life-giving generosity was another depth in Lewis's nature that was part of his greatness
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: The marks of this style are weight and clarity of argument, sudden turns of generalization The marks of this style are weight and clarity of argument, sudden turns of generalization and genial paradox, the telling short sentence to sum a complex paragraph, and unexpected touches of personal approach to the reader, whom he always assumes to be as logical, as learned, as romantic, and as open to conviction as himself. Not that in fact he was easily open to conviction; perhaps 'open to argument' would be a truer description.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: It may be that the Chronicles of Narnia may outlive The Allegory of Love, and It may be that the Chronicles of Narnia may outlive The Allegory of Love, and Perelandra outlive them both. Few works of learning and criticism survive a hundred years; what it was learned to know in 1950 will be expected of scholarship-candidates in 2000; new things will be discovered, old notions disproved, other critical values asserted; but a piece of genuine imagination in fiction may have a long life.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: God's 'permission' of evil so multiplied is not simply to be accounted for by his God's 'permission' of evil so multiplied is not simply to be accounted for by his respecting our free will. He takes the harms we mutually inflict and overrules them for our good.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: he remained enthralled by the sublimely ordered Ptolemaic cosmos in which 'we do not see, he remained enthralled by the sublimely ordered Ptolemaic cosmos in which 'we do not see, like Meredith's Lucifer, the army of unalterable law but rather the revelry of insatiable love.' He conceded that it was not 'true'; but in his last, perhaps his most provocative, pages, claimed that all 'models' of the universe reflect as much the psychology of an age as the current state of knowledge.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: As he claimed the right to enjoy the literature of any period for the joy As he claimed the right to enjoy the literature of any period for the joy that was in it, so he claimed the liberty to profit from the insights of every generation open to his study. He would have been ashamed to know nothing of what was being said, written or done in his own day; but he felt under no obligation to find it better than the products of previous time, and especially than those which had passed the sieve of old oblivion.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: Christian theism, to those who believe it, commends itself as fact, not theory, by the Christian theism, to those who believe it, commends itself as fact, not theory, by the sheer multiplicity of its bearings. Were it a speculation, it would surely face a single field of enquiry: it would assign the cause of the world, or the principle of duty, or the aim of existence, or the means of spiritual regeneration. If an equal light falls from a single source in all these directions at once, that source must seem to have the richness of a reality, rather than the abstract poverty of an idea.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: His sentences are in homely English, and yet there is something Roman in the easy His sentences are in homely English, and yet there is something Roman in the easy handling of clauses, and something Greek in their ascent from analogy to idea.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: I remember, on one occasion, as I went round Addison's Walk, I saw him coming I remember, on one occasion, as I went round Addison's Walk, I saw him coming slowly towards me, his round, rubicund face beaming with pleasure to itself. When we came within speaking distance, I said 'Hullo, Jack! You look very pleased with yourself; what is it?'
'I believe,' he answered, with a modest smile of triumph, 'I believe I have proved that the Renaissance never happened in England. Alternatively' - he held up his hand to prevent my astonished exclamation - 'that if it did, it had no importance!
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: The primary function of mental pain, says Lewis, is to force our misdirectedness on our The primary function of mental pain, says Lewis, is to force our misdirectedness on our attention. But just as it belongs to our fallen state to be blind to holiness until we suffer the consequences of sin, and blind to a higher good until natural satisfactions are snatched from us; so equally it belongs to our state that we cannot achieve disinterestedness until it costs us pain.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: Muddled minds read him, and found themselves moving with delight in a world of clarity. Muddled minds read him, and found themselves moving with delight in a world of clarity.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: He had little sympathy...for Mirabel, and little for what I have called the New Sensibility He had little sympathy...for Mirabel, and little for what I have called the New Sensibility of the early 'twenties, for its flat bleakness, its lawless versification, its unheroic tone, its unintelligible images, its 'modernity' in short.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: [Lewis had a] determined impersonality towards all except his very close friends. [Lewis had a] determined impersonality towards all except his very close friends.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: His tastes were essentially for what had magnitude and a suggestion of myth: the heroic His tastes were essentially for what had magnitude and a suggestion of myth: the heroic and the romantic never failed to excite his imagination
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: Is romantic yearning an appetite for [H]eaven, or is it the ultimate refinement of covetousness? Is romantic yearning an appetite for [H]eaven, or is it the ultimate refinement of covetousness?
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: No one knew better than he how an understanding of poetry depends on an understanding No one knew better than he how an understanding of poetry depends on an understanding of the poet's universe.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: I prefer my first word, 'formidable.' But this was softened by joviality in youth and I prefer my first word, 'formidable.' But this was softened by joviality in youth and kindliness in maturity. Genius is formidable and so is goodness; he had both. It is useful in a picture sometimes to introduce a balancing figure to give scale, and I would choose the figure of W. H. Auden as one of comparable impressiveness and goodness, felt as formidable and friendly.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: In a letter, once, he drew me a picture, or allegorical diagram, imitated from the In a letter, once, he drew me a picture, or allegorical diagram, imitated from the well-known frontispiece of Hobbes's Leviathan, which showed a Leviathan of human values. In the head there stood a figure labeled SAINT. In the heart, a figure labeled HERO. Twittering round the huge figure there was an insect-like object dressed as a man of fashion of the seventeenth century and labeled GENTLEMAN; from its mouth there issued a balloon in which was written in tiny letters: 'and where do I come in?'. Mirabel, he went on to say, was no part of the Everlasting Gospel, a phrase of Blake's that he had his own meaning for. Perhaps the hunger for magnitude that made him admire Gilgamesh and the Edda, and made Spenser and Milton his favourites, disabled him from an appreciation, which I could not deny, for a world of elegant cuckoldry and cynic wit, so seemingly heartless, a trifler's scum of humanity that sought to be taken for its cream.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: Lewis said sadly to me, 'When I at last realized that I was not, after Lewis said sadly to me, 'When I at last realized that I was not, after all, going to be a great man...' I think he meant 'a great poet.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: He was never quite at home in what we may call our post-positivist era He was never quite at home in what we may call our post-positivist era
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: The whole man was in all his judgments and activities, and a discriminating zest for The whole man was in all his judgments and activities, and a discriminating zest for life, for 'common life', informs every page he wrote. He saw education as actualizing the potentiality for the leisured activities of thought, art, literature and conversation. 'Grete clerk' as he was, he was never willfully esoteric: quotations and allusions rose unbidden to the surface of his full and fertile mind, but whether drawn from Tristram Shandy or James Thurber they elucidate not decorate. His works are all of a piece: a book in one genre will correct, illumine, or amplify what is latent in another.
Jocelyn Gibb Sayings: There was...the discrepancy between what one expected of the accomplished medieval scholar (and, later, the There was...the discrepancy between what one expected of the accomplished medieval scholar (and, later, the penetrating exponent of theological and spiritual matters) and the robust, no-nonsense, unmistakably strident man, clumsy in movement and in dress, apparently little sensitive to the feelings of others, determined to cut his way to the heart of any matter with shouts of distinguo! before re-shaping it entirely. One quickly felt that for him dialectic supplied the place of conversation. Any general remarks were of an obvious and even platitudinous kind; talk was dead timber until the spark of argument flashed. Then in a trice you were whisked from particular to fundamental principles; thence (if you wanted) to eternal verities; and Lewis was alert for any riposte you could muster. It was comic as well as breathtaking; and Lewis would see the comedy as readily as the next man.