C. S. Lewis Quotes

Clive Staples Lewis, recognized with the honor FBA, was a distinguished British writer, literary scholar, and Anglican lay theologian. His contributions to the field of English literature led him to hold esteemed academic positions at Magdalen College, Oxford, and Magdalene College, Cambridge. Wikipedia

“Freedom always comes with a price.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Suspicion often creates what it suspects.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Because God created the Natural – invented it out of His love and artistry – it demands our reverence.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Pooh! Grown-ups are always thinking of uninteresting explanations.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Into the void of silence, into the empty space of nothing, the joy of life is unfurled.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that-and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison-you do not know God at all.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Where men are forbidden to honour a king, they honor millionaires, athletes, or film stars instead; even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.” ~ C. S. Lewis

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

“Onward and Upward! To Narnia and the North!” ~ C. S. Lewis

“To every soul, God will look like its first love because He IS its first love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it – made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Autumn is really the best of the seasons.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Above all else, the devil can not stand to be mocked.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth – the very thing the whole story has been about.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If you never take risks, you’ll never accomplish great things. Everybody dies, but not everyone has lived.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell; and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“For Narnia and for Aslan!” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If one could run without getting tired I don’t think one would often want to do anything else.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“History is a story written by the finger of God.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If education is beaten by training, civilization dies.” ~ 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

“Aslan’s instructions always work; there are no exceptions.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“We must lay before him what is in us; not what ought to be in us.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Mere change is not growth. Growth is the synthesis of change and continuity, and where there is no continuity there is no growth.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“We make men without chests and expect from them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Good and evil increase at compound interest. That’s why the little decisions we make every day are of infinite importance.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for a bird 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

“The most dangerous ideas in a society are not the ones being argued, but the ones that are assumed.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Shut your mouth; open your eyes and ears.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“When things go wrong, you’ll find they usually go on getting worse for some time; but when things once start going right they often go on getting better and better.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” ~ 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

“On the back of Satan’s neck is a nail scarred footprint.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If you don’t listen to theology, that won’t mean you have no ideas about God, it will mean you have a lot of wrong ones.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The true Christian’s nostril is to be continually attentive to the inner cesspool.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You cannot love a fellow creature fully till you love God.” ~ 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

“One of the most cowardly things ordinary people do is to shut their eyes to facts.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Enemy-occupied territory – that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.” ~ 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

“The greatest evils in the world will not be carried out by men with guns, but by men in suits sitting behind desks.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The longest way round is the shortest way home.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“God whispers in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I’m not sure God wants us to be happy. I think he wants us to love, and be loved. But we are like children, thinking our toys will make us happy and the whole world is our nursery. Something must drive us out of that nursery and into the lives of others, and that something is suffering.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“What does not satisfy when we find it, was not the thing we were desiring.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“True humility is more like self-forgetfulness than false modesty.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Imagine yourself as a living house.” ~ 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

“I gave in, and admitted that God was God.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s ‘own,’ or ‘real’ life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one’s real life – the life God is sending one day by day.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The thing is to rely on God. The time will come when you will regard all this misery as a small price to pay for having been brought to that dependence. Meanwhile, the trouble is that relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing has yet been done.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I was not born to be free – I was born to adore and obey.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“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

“Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The great thing is to be found at one’s post as a child of God, living each day as though it were our last, but planning as though the world might last a hundred years.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. 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.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh error and fresh sin flowing on to the end of time.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You can’t know, you can only believe – or not.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Aslan: You doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“But no one except Lucy knew that as it circled the mast it had whispered to her, “Courage, dear heart,” and the voice, she felt sure, was Aslan’s, and with the voice a delicious smell breathed in her face.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“My own eyes are not enough for me; I will see through those of others.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“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.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The doors of hell are locked from the inside!” ~ C. S. Lewis

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers, will bring us to Him. We must not use the Bible as a sort of encyclopedia out of which texts can be taken for use as weapons.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Nothing is yet in its true form.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“We may think God wants actions of a certain kind, but God wants people of a certain kind.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Always winter but never Christmas.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Regarding the debate about faith and works: It’s like asking which blade in a pair of scissors is most important.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Evil comes from the ABUSE of free will.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Don’t shine so that others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see HIM.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history – money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery – the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I pray because I can’t help myself…” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I want God, not my idea of God.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You can’t go against the grain of the universe and not expect to get splinters.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Why should your heart not dance?” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Whenever you are fed up with life, start writing: ink is the great cure for all human ills, as I have found out long ago.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Most people don’t need to be taught, they need only to be reminded.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“And this is the marvel of marvels; that he called me Beloved.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“For most of us the prayer in Gethsemane is the only model. Removing mountains can wait.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ~ C. S. Lewis

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

“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Love is never wasted, for its value does not rest upon reciprocity.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The death of a beloved is an amputation.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“A glimpse is not a vision. But to a man on a mountain road by night, a glimpse of the next three feet of road may matter more than a vision of the horizon.” ~ 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

“Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“God gives His gifts where He finds the vessel empty enough to receive them.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Once in our world, a Stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Obedience is the key that opens every door.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Anger is the fluid love bleeds when cut.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Put first things first and second things are thrown in. Put second things first and you lose both first and second things.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“In Science we have been reading only the notes to a poem; in Christianity we find the poem itself.” ~ C. S. Lewis

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

“Faith in Christ is the only thing to save you from despair.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Extraordinary things only happen to extraordinary people. Maybe it’s a sign that you’ve got an extraordinary destiny – something greater than you could’ve imagined.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Oh, Adam’s sons, how cleverly you defend yourselves against all that might do you good!” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Clearly one must read every good book at least once every ten years.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If the Church is not Making Disciples, then all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible, are a waste of time.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The fact that our heart yearns for something Earth can’t supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Our passions are not too strong, they are too weak. We are far too easily pleased.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Will you come with me to the mountains? It will hurt at first, until your feet are hardened. Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows. But will you come?” ~ C. S. Lewis

“When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The prayer preceding all prayers is ‘May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.’” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in that danger.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God’s eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when he catches us, as it were, off our guard.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I desired dragons with a profound desire.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Things never happen the same way twice.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Everything that is not eternal is worthless in eternity.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible Gods and Goddesses. To remember that the dullest, and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You never know what you can do until you try, and very few try unless they have to.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“A woman’s heart should be so close to God that a man should have to chase Him to find her.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“In such a fearful world, we need a fearless church.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Forgiveness does not mean excusing.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Something deep in the human heart breaks at the thought of a life of mediocrity.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The question is not what we intended ourselves to be, but what He intended us to be when He made us.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“People who bore one another should meet seldom; people who interest one another, often.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Courage, dear heart.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you had been the only person in the world.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If you love deeply, you’re going to get hurt badly. But it’s still worth it.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Why love, if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore: only the life I have lived. Twice in that life I’ve been given the choice: as a boy and as a man. The boy chose safety, the man chooses suffering. The pain now is part of the happiness then. That’s the deal.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You do not fail in obedience through lack of love, but you have lost love because you never attempted obedience.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Do not dare not to dare.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Never, never pin your whole faith on any human being: not if he is the best and wisest in the whole world. There are lots of nice things you can do with sand; but do not try building a house on it.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Gratitude exclaims, very properly, ‘How good of God to give me this.’” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“God loves us NOT because we’re lovable, because He is love. Not because He needs to receive, because He delights to give.” ~ C. S. Lewis

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

“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“All these toys were never intended to possess my heart. My true good is in another world, and my only real treasure is Christ.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You can’t go on “seeing through” things forever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. To “see through” all things is the same as not to see.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Prayer does not change God; it changes me.” ~ 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

“Men became scientific because they expected Law in Nature, and they expected Law in Nature because they believed in a Law Giver.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“We must stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected things as interruptions of real life. The truth is that interruptions are real life.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Don’t judge a man by where he is, because you don’t know how far he has come.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Do not cite the Deep Magic to me, Witch. I was there when it was written.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Further up and further in!” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“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.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If only this toothache would go away, I could write another chapter on the problem of pain.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Christ, who said to the disciples, ‘You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,’ can truly say to every group of Christian friends, ‘You have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.’” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I suggest to you that it is because God loves us that he gives us the gift of suffering. Pain is God’s megaphone to rouse a deaf world. You see, we are like blocks of stone out of which the Sculptor carves the forms of men. The blows of his chisel, which hurt us so much are what make us perfect.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Believe in God like you believe in the sunrise. Not because you can see it, but because you can see all it touches.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Until you have given up yourself to Him, you will not have a real self.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Love, having become a god, becomes a demon.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You can make anything by writing.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“One of the dangers of having a lot of money is that you may be quite satisfied with the kinds of happiness money can give and so fail to realize your need for God. If everything seems to come simply by signing checks, you may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“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.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“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.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Hell begins with a grumbling mood, always complaining, always blaming others.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“We are what we believe we are.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.” ~ 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

“In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You Too? I thought I was the only one.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“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.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ 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

“In God there is no hunger that needs to be filled, only plenteousness that desires to give.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. It doesn’t change God – it changes me.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Remember that all worlds draw to an end and that noble death is a treasure which no one is too poor to buy.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Jesus was either a Liar, a Lunatic, or Lord.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“God doesn’t want something from us. He simply wants us.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we are sure to lose.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“It takes courage to live through suffering; and it takes honesty to observe it.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Christ says, ‘Give me all. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You.’” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Obedience is the road to freedom, humility the road to pleasure, unity the road to personality.” ~ 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

“We all agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The Glory of God, and, as our only means of glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Better to be miserable with her than happy without her. Let our hearts break provided they break together. If the voice within us does not say this it is not the voice of Eros.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Think of me as a fellow patient in the same hospital who, having been admitted a little earlier could give some advice.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.” ~ 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

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“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. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Have fun, even if it’s not the same kind of fun everyone else is having.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it; confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If you think of this world as a place simply intended for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place for training and correction and it’s not so bad.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Make your choice, adventurous Stranger, Strike the bell and bide the danger, Or wonder, till it drives you mad, What would have followed if you had.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Nothing is really ours until we share it.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?” ~ C. S. Lewis

“A myth is a lie that conveys a truth.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“There is no other day. All days are present now. This moment contains all moments.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I never exactly made a book. It’s rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Readers are advised to remember the devil is a liar.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I am sure that God keeps no one waiting unless he sees that it is good for him to wait.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“We do not come to God as bad people trying to become good people; we come as rebels to lay down our arms.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Love is unselfishly choosing for another’s highest good.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature.” ~ 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

“Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith. I don’t agree at all. 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

“Thirst was made for water. Inquiry for truth.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“If we only have the will to walk, then God is pleased with our stumbles.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most temporal part of time – for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Friendship is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“It is not your business to succeed, but to do right. When you have done so the rest lies with god.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“Feelings, and feelings, and feelings. Let me try thinking instead.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.” ~ C. S. Lewis

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