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Mere Christianity Quotes

23 of the best book quotes from Mere Christianity
  1. #1
    “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.”
  2. #2
    “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.”
  3. #3
    “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.”
  4. #4
    “The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex.”
  5. #5
    “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud.”
  6. #6
    “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice”
  7. #7
    “Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.”
  1. #8
    “I know someone will ask me, ‘Do you really mean, at this time of day, to re-introduce our old friend the devil—hoofs and horns and all?’ Well, what the time of day has to do with it I do not know. And I am not particular about the hoofs and horns.”
  2. #9
    “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 a word without meaning.”
  3. #10
    “We might think that God wanted simply obedience to a set of rules: whereas He really wants people of a particular sort.”
  4. #11
    “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
  5. #12
    “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.”
  6. #13
    “I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”
  7. #14
    “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.”
  1. #15
    “When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.”
  2. #16
    “If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.”
  3. #17
    “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
  4. #18
    “You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.”
  5. #19
    “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.”
  6. #20
    “Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”
  7. #21
    “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”
  8. #22
    “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”
  9. #23
    “Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again.”