C.S. Lewis Quotes

46 of the best book quotes from C.S. Lewis
  1. #1
    “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.”
  2. #2
    “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.”
  3. #3
    “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.”
  4. #4
    “The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.”
  5. #5
    “If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.”
  6. #6
    “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different...”
  7. #7
    “To love at all is to be vulnerable”.
  8. #8
    “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.‘”
  1. #9
    “I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”
  2. #10
    “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”
  3. #11
    “There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.”
  4. #12
    “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.”
  5. #13
    “Grown-ups are always thinking of uninteresting explanations.”
  6. #14
    “No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.”
  7. #15
    “Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.”
  8. #16
    “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.”
  1. #17
    “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.”
  2. #18
    “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.”
  3. #19
    “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.”
  4. #20
    “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.”
  5. #21
    “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
  6. #22
    “Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”
  7. #23
    “The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.”
  8. #24
    “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”
  1. #25
    “Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
  2. #26
    “In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.”
  3. #27
    “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
  4. #28
    “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.”
  5. #29
    “Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.”
  6. #30
    “A children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story.”
  7. #31
    “Forgiveness does not mean excusing.”
  8. #32
    “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”
  1. #33
    “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”
  2. #34
    “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”
  3. #35
    “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”
  4. #36
    “Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.”
  5. #37
    “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
  6. #38
    “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.”
  7. #39
    “When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.”
  8. #40
    “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”
  1. #41
    “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”
  2. #42
    “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.”
  3. #43
    “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.”
  4. #44
    “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.”
  5. #45
    “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”
  6. #46
    “You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.”
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