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Day 36. C.S. Lewis: The risks of love

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Each day of Lent (minus Sundays) we'll bring you words of wisdom from spiritual guides.

36. C. S. Lewis: The risks of love
To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket-safe, dark, motionless, airless-it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside heaven you can be perfectly safe from all dangers and perturbations of love is hell. (The Four Loves, Harcourt.)

C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963) was an English author who wrote fantasy, science fiction, and Christian apologetics.

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