Two more quotes from C.S. Lewis today: the first from An Experiment in Criticism, and the second from Mere Christianity. I love how his metaphors really help one grasp the ideas he is trying to convey.
…the true reader reads every work seriously in the sense that he reads it whole-heartedly, makes himself as receptive as he can. But for that very reason he cannot possibly read every work solemnly or gravely. For he will read ‘in the same spirit that the author writ.’ […] He will never commit the error of trying to munch whipped cream as if it were venison.
When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall. If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.