C. S. Lewis Quotes





“This moment contains all moments.”

"I gave in, and admitted that God was God."

"If there is equality it is in His love, not in us."

"Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature."

"An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason."

"You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body."

"What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step."

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

"Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours."

"It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one."

“Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.”

"Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self..."

“Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.”

"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither."

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

"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."

“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place”

"The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not."

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

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

“The very man who has argued you down, will sometimes be found, years later, to have been influenced by what you said”

“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.”

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

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

"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."

“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind”

"Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself."

"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."

"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."

“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.”

“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.”

"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."

“You will never know how much you believe something until it is a matter of life and death.” “If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.”

“One of the things that distinguishes man from the other animals is that he wants to know things, wants to find out what reality is like, simply for the sake of knowing. When that desire is completely quenched in anyone, I think he has become something less than human.”

"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?"

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com