Tuesday, September 28, 2010

C.S. Lewis on Joy

I'm currently reading John Piper's book, When I Don't Desire God; How to Fight for Joy.  It's proving to be good, solid and very typically Piper-like.  I'll have a review up here before too long hopefully.  The first few chapters have been awesome simply for the quotes by C.S. Lewis that Piper includes.  Here are some of my favourites...

You cannot hope and also think about hoping at the same moment; for in hope we look to hope's object and we interrupt this by (so to speak) turning to look at the hope itself....The surest means of disarming an anger or a lust was to turn your attention from the girl or the insult and start examining the passion itself.  The surest way of spoiling a pleasure was to start examining your satisfaction.

I percieved (and this was the wonder of wonders) that...I had been equally wrong in supposing that I desired Joy itself.  Joy itself, considered simply as an event in my own mind, turned out to be of no value at all.  All the value lay in that of which Joy was the desiring.
and...

It was when I was happiest that I longed most....The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all the beauty came from.
finally...

Provided the thing is in itself right, the more one likes it and the less one has to "try to be good," the better.  A perfect man would never act from a sense of duty; he'd always want the right thing more than the wrong one.  Duty is only a substitute for love (of God and other people), like a crutch, which is a substitute for a leg.

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