C. S. Lewis Quotes

Clive Staples Lewis (C.S. Lewis)lewis
Born: November 29, 1898 – Belfast
Died: November 22, 1963 – Oxford
Profession: Novelist, Theorist, Poet wiki

C.S. Lewis was an Irish born novelist and literary academic. He wrote several popular novels, including: The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy. Lewis joined friend J. R. R. Tolkien on the English Faculty at Oxford University in England. Lewis’ work has been translated in many languages and sold millions of copies. As well as having some of his work adapted for the cinema.

30 C.S. Lewis Quotes

1. A cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to Hell than a prostitute.

2. Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

3. All you then have to do is keep out of his mind the question, “If I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, why should the different vices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is mere hypocrisy and convention?

4. Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

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

6. You cannot make men good by law: and without good men you cannot have a good society.

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

8. Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

9. Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.

10. There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.”

11. A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.

12. Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

13. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

14. I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.

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

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

17. 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.

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

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

20. You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.

21. If we discover a desire within us that nothing in this world can satisfy, also we should begin to wonder if perhaps we were created for another world.

22. It’s so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.

23. Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair.

24. 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.

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

26. Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.

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

28. We want not so much a Father but a grandfather in heaven, a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, ‘What does it matter so long as they are contented?

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

30. When we lose one blessing, another is often, most unexpectedly, given in its place.

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