Top 109 C.S. Lewis quotes

C.S. Lewis Quotes
C.S. Lewis Quotes

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”




“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.”




“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”




“We are what we believe we are.”




“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”


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“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”




“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”




“When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.”




“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."




“Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.”




“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one."




“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different...”




“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”




“I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”




“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”




“You can make anything by writing.”




“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”




“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”




“All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.”




“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”




“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”




“God doesn’t want something from us. He simply wants us.”




“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”




“If one could run without getting tired I don’t think one would often want to do anything else.”




“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. It doesn’t change God – it changes me.”




“When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.”




“No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.”




“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”




“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?”




“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”




“Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.”




“Courage, dear heart.”




“It is not your business to succeed, but to do right. When you have done so the rest lies with god.”




“Feelings, and feelings, and feelings. Let me try thinking instead.”




“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.”




“You can’t know, you can only believe – or not.”




“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”




“You cannot love a fellow creature fully till you love God.”




“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”




“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.”




“I was not born to be free – I was born to adore and obey.”




“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”




“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”




“What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God’s eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when he catches us, as it were, off our guard.”




“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life – the life God is sending one day by day.”




“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”




“The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.”

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“I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.”




“The fact that our heart yearns for something Earth can’t supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.”




“For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.”




“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.”




“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”




“Put first things first and second things are thrown in. Put second things first and you lose both first and second things.”




“Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is.”




“Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia.”




“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”




“For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.”




“Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith. I don’t agree at all. They are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the Passion of Christ.”




“He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.”




“If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.”




“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for a bird to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”




“There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.”




“And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history – money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery – the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”




“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”




“In God there is no hunger that needs to be filled, only plenteousness that desires to give.”




“You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another.”




“And this is the marvel of marvels; that he called me Beloved.”




“There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.”




“Things never happen the same way twice.”




“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.”




“Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.”




“Nothing is yet in its true form.”




“Suspicion often creates what it suspects.”




“It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him. We must not use the Bible as a sort of encyclopedia out of which texts can be taken for use as weapons.”




"What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.”




“In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that-and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison-you do not know God at all.”




“When things go wrong, you’ll find they usually go on getting worse for some time; but when things once start going right they often go on getting better and better.”




“Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in that danger.”




“The death of a beloved is an amputation.”




“When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”




I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”




“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”




“Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”




“We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.”




“Better to be miserable with her than happy without her. Let our hearts break provided they break together. If the voice within us does not say this it is not the voice of Eros.”




“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.”




“To love at all is to be vulnerable.”




“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”




“If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.”




“Oh, Adam’s sons, how cleverly you defend yourselves against all that might do you good!”




“Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.”




“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”




“People who bore one another should meet seldom; people who interest one another, often.”




“A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.”




“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”




“I desired dragons with a profound desire.”




“Remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.”




“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”




“Pooh! Grown-ups are always thinking of uninteresting explanations.”




“I never exactly made a book. It’s rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say.”







“Onward and Upward! To Narnia and the North!”

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