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C.S. Lewis Quotes

87 of the best book quotes from C.S. Lewis
  1. #1
    Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.
  2. #2
    There is one place where her absence comes locally home to me, and it is a place I can’t avoid. I mean my own body. It had such a different importance while it was the body of H.‘s lover. Now it’s like an empty house.
  3. #3
    The time when there is nothing at all in your soul except a cry for help may be just that time when God can’t give it: you are like the drowning man who can’t be helped because he clutches and grabs. Perhaps your own reiterated cries deafen you to the voice you hoped to hear.
  4. #4
    There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.
  5. #5
    Teach them to estimate the value of each prayer by their success in producing the desired feeling; and never let them suspect how much success or failure of that kind depends on whether they are well or ill, fresh or tired, at the moment.
  6. #6
    Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.
  7. #7
    When He talks of their losing their selves, He means only abandoning the clamour of self-will; once they have done that, He really gives them back all their personality, and boasts (I am afraid, sincerely) that when they are wholly His they will be more themselves than ever.
  8. #8
    Suspicion often creates what it suspects.
  9. #9
    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.
  10. #10
    Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.
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  1. #11
    Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.
  2. #12
    “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
  3. #13
    “Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”
  4. #14
    “The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.”
  5. #15
    “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”
  6. #16
    “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
  7. #17
    “In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.”
  8. #18
    “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
  9. #19
    “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.”
  10. #20
    “This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”
  1. #21
    “The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.”
  2. #22
    “If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.”
  3. #23
    “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different...”
  4. #24
    “To love at all is to be vulnerable”.
  5. #25
    “There are only 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.‘”
  6. #26
    “I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”
  7. #27
    “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”
  8. #28
    “There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.”
  9. #29
    “All the things he had said to make himself believe that she was good and kind and that her side was really the right side sounded to him silly now.”
  10. #30
    “Grown-ups are always thinking of uninteresting explanations.”
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  1. #31
    “No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.”
  2. #32
    “Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.”
  3. #33
    “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.”
  4. #34
    “A chastity or honesty or mercy which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.”
  5. #35
    “The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.”
  6. #36
    “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”
  7. #37
    “To have Faith in Christ means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
  8. #38
    “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.”
  9. #39
    Not that I am (I think) in much danger of ceasing to believe in God. The real danger is of coming to believe such dreadful things about Him. The conclusion I dread is not ‘So there’s no God after all,’ but ‘So this is what God’s really like. Deceive yourself no longer.
  10. #40
    I see people, as they approach me, trying to make up their minds whether they’ll ‘say something about it’ or not. I hate if they do, and if they don’t.
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  1. #41
    It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it?
  2. #42
    The death of a beloved is an amputation.
  3. #43
    But if a spiral, am I going up or down it?
  4. #44
    For in grief nothing “stays put.” One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?
  5. #45
    I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.
  6. #46
    No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
  7. #47
    Make full use of the fact that up to a certain point, fatigue makes women talk more and men talk less. Much secret resentment, even between lovers, can be raised from this.
  8. #48
    Tortured fear and stupid confidence are both desirable states of mind.
  9. #49
    Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same, it is His invention, not ours. He made the pleasures: all our research so far has not enabled us to produce one. All we can do is to encourage the humans to take the pleasures which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden.
  10. #50
    All extremes, except extreme devotion to the Enemy, are to be encouraged.
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  1. #51
    You must therefore zealously guard in his mind the curious assumption ‘My time is my own’. Let him have the feeling that he starts each day as the lawful possessor of twenty-four hours . . . The man can neither make, nor retain, one moment of time; it all comes to him by pure gift; he might as well regard the sun and moon as his chattels....
  2. #52
    If you can once get him to the point of thinking that ‘religion is all very well up to a point,’ you can feel quite happy about his soul. A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all- and more amusing.
  3. #53
    Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask - half our great theological and metaphysical problems - are like that.
  4. #54
    Aren’t all these notes the senseless writings of a man who won’t accept the fact that there is nothing we can do with suffering except to suffer it?
  5. #55
    “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”
  6. #56
    “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.”
  7. #57
    “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”
  8. #58
    “When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.”
  9. #59
    “The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred.”
  10. #60
    “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”
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  1. #61
    “Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.”
  2. #62
    “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
  3. #63
    “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.”
  4. #64
    It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.
  5. #65
    Feelings, and feelings, and feelings. Let me try thinking instead.
  6. #66
    My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself.
  7. #67
    Knock and it shall be opened.′ But does knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac?
  8. #68
    I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, hoever, turns out to be not a state but a process.
  9. #69
    Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
  10. #70
    You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.
  1. #71
    Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.
  2. #72
    “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.”
  3. #73
    “A children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story.”
  4. #74
    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.
  5. #75
    “Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.”
  6. #76
    “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”
  7. #77
    “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”
  8. #78
    “Forgiveness does not mean excusing.”
  9. #79
    “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”
  10. #80
    It doesn’t really matter whether you grip the arms of the dentist’s chair or let your hands lie in your lap. The drill drills on.
  11. #81
    God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down.
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  12. #82
    Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I’ll listen submissively. But don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand.
  13. #83
    What do people mean when they say, ‘I am not afraid of God because I know He is good’? Have they never even been to a dentist?
  14. #84
    “Our silence about grief serves no one. We can’t heal if we can’t grieve; we can’t forgive if we can’t grieve. We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend. C.S. Lewis wrote, ‘No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.’ We can’t rise strong when we’re on the run.”
  15. #85
    “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”
  16. #86
    This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.
  17. #87
    “You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.”
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