Posted: September 28, 2007 in Theo/Philo


C.S.Lewis hinting at the hearts true genetic desire hidden behind all our chasing down of the days.

Here’s the quote :

“There have been times when I think we do not desire heaven; more often I find myself wondering whether, in our heart of hearts, we have ever desired anything else…inklings (but faint and uncertain even in the best) of that something which you were born desiring, and which, beneath the flux of other desires and in all the momentary silences between the louder passions, night and day, year by year, from childhood to old age, you are looking for, watching for, listening for. You have never had it. All the things that have ever deeply possessed your soul have been but hints of it–tantalizing glimpses, promises never quite fulfilled, echoes that died away just as they caught your ear. But if it should really become manifest–if there ever came an echo that did not die away but swelled into the sound itself–you would know it. Beyond all possibility of doubt you would say ‘Here at last is the thing I was made for.’ We cannot tell each other about it. It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired…which we shall still desire on our deathbeds, when the mind no longer knows wife or friend or work. While we are, this is. If we lose this, we lose all.”


  1. Alden says:

    Great quote. Where is this taken from?

  2. Mike Godfrey says:

    Hi Alden,
    thanks for visiting,that quote is from C.S.Lewis’s book ‘The Problem of Pain’ Chapter 10 Heaven.
    Im glad you like it-he had a great way of clarifying the issues that few others have.

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