C. S. Lewis Quotes

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Born: November 29, 1898, Belfast, Ireland [now Northern Ireland, UK]
Birth Country: UK
Died: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK, November 22, 1963
Occupation: Author

1.
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.
- C. S. Lewis

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

3.
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
- C. S. Lewis

4.
Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
- C. S. Lewis

5.
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
- C. S. Lewis

6.
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
- C. S. Lewis

7.
Eros will have naked bodies Friendship naked personalities.
- C. S. Lewis

8.
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
- C. S. Lewis

9.
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.
- C. S. Lewis

10.
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
- C. S. Lewis

11.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
- C. S. Lewis

12.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
- C. S. Lewis

13.
How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.
- C. S. Lewis

14.
Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.
- C. S. Lewis

15.
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.
- C. S. Lewis

16.
I gave in, and admitted that God was God.
- C. S. Lewis

17.
If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.
- C. S. Lewis

18.
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
- C. S. Lewis

19.
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it 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.
- C. S. Lewis

20.
Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.
- C. S. Lewis

21.
Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.
- C. S. Lewis

22.
Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
- C. S. Lewis

23.
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
- C. S. Lewis

24.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
- C. S. Lewis

25.
Reason is the natural order of truth but imagination is the organ of meaning.
- C. S. Lewis

26.
Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.
- C. S. Lewis

27.
Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.
- C. S. Lewis

28.
The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
- C. S. Lewis

29.
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.'
- C. S. Lewis

30.
There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.
- C. S. Lewis

31.
Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.
- C. S. Lewis

32.
This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.
- C. S. Lewis

33.
What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.
- C. S. Lewis

34.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

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