echo of a tune we have not heard

The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things – the beauty, the memory of our own past – are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have not visited.
— C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory”
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One Response to “echo of a tune we have not heard”
  1. smkelly8 says:

    That’s a powerful quotation. I love Lewis’ wisdom.

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