I recently added the C. S. Lewis collection to my Logos library. FINALLY I can do searches for the endless quotes of his that flare up without spending 30 minutes remembering which book or essay he it in, and another 30 trying to find the right dog-eared page or margin exclamation point.
Of all excerpts from Lewis, this one from Mere Christianity has made more of an impact on me than anything else he wrote. It’s one of those paragraphs that can change your life:
Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom. Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end: submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in. – C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, p. 226