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C. S. Lewis Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by C. S. Lewis.

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

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Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

Miracles are a retelling in small letters
of the very same story
which is written across the whole world
in letters too large for some of us to see.
- C. S. Lewis

When we see the face of God
we shall know that we have always known it.
He has been a party to, has made, sustained
and moved moment by moment within,
all our earthly experiences of innocent love.
- C. S. Lewis

 

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

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

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

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

You don't have a soul.
You are a Soul.
You have a body.
- C. S. Lewis

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
- C. S. Lewis

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
- C. S. Lewis

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

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

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

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

We are what we believe we are.
- C. S. Lewis

What saves a man is to take a step.
Then another step.
- C. S. Lewis

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
- C. S. Lewis

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

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

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

With the possible exception of the equator,
everything begins somewhere.
- C. S. Lewis

The task of the modern educator
is not to cut down jungles,
but to irrigate deserts.
- C.S. Lewis

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

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

I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
- C. S. Lewis

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

It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.
- C. S. Lewis

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

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

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

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

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

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot
be too careful of his reading.
- C. S. Lewis

A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing
to go to sleep in humility,
thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards,
in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening
to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.
- C. S. Lewis

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

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

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.
- C. S. Lewis

Christianity, if false, is of no importance,
and if true, of infinite importance.
The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
- C. S. Lewis

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

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

Has this world been so kind to you that you should
leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
- C. S. Lewis

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent
us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence,
it is only logical to cut up imbeciles,
criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.
- C. S. Lewis

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity
or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.
- C. S. Lewis

The real problem is not why some pious,
humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.
- C. S. Lewis

Let's pray that the human race never escapes from Earth
to spread its iniquity elsewhere.
- C. S. Lewis

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

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

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

The safest road to hell is the gradual one -
the gentle slope,
soft underfoot, without sudden turnings,
without milestones, without signposts.
- C. S. Lewis

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

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

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road,
progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road;
in that case,
the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
- C. S. Lewis

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

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.
- C. S. Lewis

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

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

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

Part of every misery is, so to speak,
the misery's shadow or reflection: the fact that you
don't merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about
the fact that you suffer.
I not only live each endless day in grief,
but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.
- C. S. Lewis

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

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha


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