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Sunday Inspiration: Progress

If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.
—C. S. Lewis

Sunday Inspiration: There Is Someone…

There is someone I love, even though I don’t approve of what he does. There is someone I accept, though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive, though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is me.
—C. S. Lewis

Sunday Inspiration: Forgiveness

Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.
— C. S. Lewis

Tolkien and Lewis Were Not Big Fans of Disney

So says Eric Grundhauser of Atlas Obscura:

It’s no secret that J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were legendary frenemies. But while they may have sparred over fantasy and religion, they shared one little-known viewpoint: a disdain for the works of Walt Disney.

Literary friendships are often thought of in the driest abstract, with learned people of letters sitting in stuffy rooms debating only the most important intellectual issues. But like anyone, sometimes a couple of authors just go to the movies. And on at least one occasion, the architect of Middle-earth and the father of Narnia went and saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs together.

According to an account in the J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, Tolkien didn’t go see Snow White until some time after its 1938 U.K. release, when he attended the animated film with Lewis. Lewis had previously seen the film with his brother, and definitely had some opinions. In a 1939 letter to his friend A.K. Hamilton, Lewis wrote of Snow White (and Disney himself):

Dwarfs ought to be ugly of course, but not in that way. And the dwarfs’ jazz party was pretty bad. I suppose it never occurred to the poor boob that you could give them any other kind of music. But all the terrifying bits were good, and the animals really most moving: and the use of shadows (of dwarfs and vultures) was real genius. What might not have come of it if this man had been educated–or even brought up in a decent society?

In another instance, Lewis called the evil queen’s design unoriginal, and described the dwarves as having, “bloated, drunken, low comedy faces.”

It just gets better from there.


Sunday Inspiration: Heroes

Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.
—C. S. Lewis

Sunday Inspiration: Old Enough

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
—C. S. Lewis

Sunday Inspiration: Getting Older

You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.
—C. S. Lewis

Sunday Inspiration: Extraordinary

We meet no ordinary people in our lives.
—C. S. Lewis

Sunday Inspiration: The Most Important Work

Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.
—C. S. Lewis

Sunday Inspiration: Hardship

Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny..
—C. S. Lewis