110+ C. S. Lewis Quotes On Purpose, Faith And God

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  1. You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.
  2. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
  3. Don't shine so that others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see HIM.
  4. The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.
  5. Believe in God like you believe in the sunrise. Not because you can see it, but because you can see all it touches.
  6. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
  7. Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
  8. You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
  9. Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.
  10. Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.

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 quote Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have
Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.
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Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. — C. S. Lewis

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You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. — C. S. Lewis

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Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose. — C. S. Lewis

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Perfect humility dispenses with modesty.
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Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. — C. S. Lewis

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Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny. — C. S. Lewis

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There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. — C. S. Lewis

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No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. — C. S. Lewis

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Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it. — C. S. Lewis

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Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities. — C. S. Lewis

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Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness. — C. S. Lewis

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A God. The God. One word can make all the difference in the world. — C. S. Lewis

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

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

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I gave in, and admitted that God was God. — C. S. Lewis

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God wants a child's heart and a grownup's head. — C. S. Lewis

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

C. S. Lewis Short Quotes

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  • You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down.
  • Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
  • No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
  • Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
  • If only this toothache would go away, I could write another chapter on the problem of pain.
  • The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
  • The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.
  • You must be asking which door is the true one; not which pleases you best
  • Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
  • It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
 quote Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

C. S. Lewis Quotes On Purpose

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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

The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. — C. S. Lewis

I was not born to be free---I was born to adore and obey. — C. S. Lewis

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We are what we believe we are.

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

Disobedience to conscience is voluntary; bad poetry, on the other hand, is usually not made on purpose. — C. S. Lewis

He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of Life He has - by what I call 'good infection'. Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else. — C. S. Lewis

 quote True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.

The purpose of all opprobrious language is, not to describe, but to hurt - even when, like Hamlet, we make only the shadow-passes of a soliloquised combat. We call the enemy not what we think he is but what we think he would least like to be called. — C. S. Lewis

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C. S. Lewis Quotes On Faith

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

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. — 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

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

You and I have need of the strongest spell that can be found to wake us from the evil enchantment of worldliness. — C. S. Lewis

When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less. — 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

 quote Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything
Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.

we follow One who stood and wept at the grave of Lazarus-not surely, because He was grieved that Mary and Martha wept, and sorrowed for their lack of faith (though some thus interpret) but because death, the punishment of sin, is even more horrible in his eyes than in ours. — C. S. Lewis

Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods. — C. S. Lewis

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but 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

[God] will not be used as a convenience. Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of heaven as a shortcut to the nearest chemist's shop. — C. S. Lewis

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C. S. Lewis Quotes On Love

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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

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

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

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Eating and reading are two pleasures than combine admirably.

There is someone that I love even though I don't approve of what he does. There is someone I accept though some of his thoughts and actions revolt me. There is someone I forgive though he hurts the people I love the most. That person is......me. — C. S. Lewis

Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart. — C. S. Lewis

For pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense. — C. S. Lewis

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There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. — C. S. Lewis

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Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness. — 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

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

C. S. Lewis Quotes On Life

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Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose. — C. S. Lewis

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

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Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny. — 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

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

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Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it. — C. S. Lewis

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A God. The God. One word can make all the difference in the world. — 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

Life isn't all fricasseed frogs and eel pie. — 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

C. S. Lewis Quotes On God

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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

Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist. — 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

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

The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God. — C. S. Lewis

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. — C. S. Lewis

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God gives His gifts where He finds the vessel empty enough to receive them. — 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

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

God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them. — C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis Quotes On Hope

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Well, you know how it feels if you begin hoping for something that you want desperately badly; you almost fight against the hope because it is too good to be true; you've been disappointed so often before. — C. S. Lewis

Here the whole world (stars, water, air, And field, and forest, as they were Reflected in a single mind) Like cast off clothes was left behind In ashes, yet with hopes that she, Re-born from holy poverty, In lenten lands, hereafter may Resume them on her Easter Day." (Epitaph for Joy Gresham) — C. S. Lewis

We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it. — C. S. Lewis

Perhaps your own reiterated cries deafen you to the voice you hoped to hear — C. S. Lewis

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? — C. S. Lewis

Those who tread 'adult' as a term of approval cannot hope to be considered adult themselves. When I became a man I put away childish things, along with the desire to be very grown up. — C. S. Lewis

There is hope for a man who has never read Malory or Boswell or Tristam Shandy or Shakespeare's Sonnets: but what can you do with a man who says he "has read" them, meaning he has read them once, and thinks that this settles the matter? — C. S. Lewis

Satan always sends error into the world in pairs that are opposites. His great hope is that you will get so upset about one of his errors, that you'll react into the opposite one, and he's got you. — C. S. Lewis

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. — C. S. Lewis

We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good; if bad, because it works in us patience, humility, contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country. — C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis Quotes On God's Love

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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

We shall draw nearer to God, not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in all loves, but by accepting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armour. If our hearts need to be broken, and if He chooses this as the way in which they should break, so be it. — C. S. Lewis

When I lay these questions before God I get no answer. But a rather special sort of 'No answer.' It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate, gaze. As though He shook His head not in refusal but waiving the question. Like, 'Peace, child; you don't understand. — C. S. Lewis

God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love. — C. S. Lewis

To love you as I should, I must worship God as Creator. — C. S. Lewis

Every Christian would agree that a man's spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God. — C. S. Lewis

Christian love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will. — C. S. Lewis

God is love, and that love works through men-especially through the whole community of Christians. — C. S. Lewis

You cannot love a fellow creature fully till you love God. — 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

C. S. Lewis Quotes On Truth

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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

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. — 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

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. — C. S. Lewis

Nothing less will shake a man — or at any rate a man like me — out of his merely verbal thinking and his merely notional beliefs. He has to be knocked silly before he comes to his senses. Only torture will bring out the truth. Only under torture does he discover it himself. — C. S. Lewis

For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition. — C. S. Lewis

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. — C. S. Lewis

The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one's life. — C. S. Lewis

No doubt those who really founded modern science were usually those whose love of truth exceeded their love of power. — C. S. Lewis

The process of living seems to consist in coming to realize truths so ancient and simple that, if stated, they sound like barren platitudes. — C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis Quotes On Heaven

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

It is quite useless knocking at the door of heaven for earthly comfort. It's not the sort of comfort they supply there. — C. S. Lewis

I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now... Come further up, come further in! — 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

Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even agony into a glory — C. S. Lewis

What would really satisfy us would be a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, 'What does it matter so long as they are contented?' — C. S. Lewis

It is a happy moment when our desire crosses with the will of Heavenly Father. — C. S. Lewis

Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly. For all that can be shaken will be shaken and only the unshakeable remains. — C. S. Lewis

Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither. — C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis Quotes On Jesus

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On the back of Satan's neck is a nail scarred footprint. — C. S. Lewis

The stamp of the Saint is that he can waive his own rights and obey the Lord Jesus. — C. S. Lewis

It was not for societies or states, that Christ died, but for men. — C. S. Lewis

Christianity does not involve the belief that all things were made for man. it does involve the belief that god loves man and for his sake became man and died. — C. S. Lewis

In a civilization like ours, I feel that everyone has to come to terms with the claims of Jesus Christ upon his life, or else be guilty of inattention or of evading the question. — C. S. Lewis

Either Jesus is the Son of God ; or a madman or worse. But His being just a great teacher? He's not left that open to us. — C. S. Lewis

We may note in passing that He (Jesus) was never regarded as a mere moral teacher. He did not produce that effect on any of the people who actually met Him. He produced mainly three effects - Hatred - Terror - Adoration. There was no trace of people expressing mild admiration. — C. S. Lewis

Of course it should be pointed out that, though all salvation is through Jesus, we need not conclude that he cannot save those who have not explicitly accepted him in this life. — C. S. Lewis

We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ. — C. S. Lewis

Jesus was either a Liar, a Lunatic, or Lord — C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis Quotes On Christianity

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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

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. — C. S. Lewis

It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men. — C. S. Lewis

He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only. — 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

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains. — 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

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

As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. — C. S. Lewis

There have been men before who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God himself, as if the good Lord had nothing to do but to exist. There have been some who were so preoccupied with spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ. — C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis Quotes On Imagination

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I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. — 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

We seek an enlargement of our being. We want to be more than ourselves . . . We want to see with other eyes, to imagine with other imaginations, to feel with other hearts, as well as with our own . . . We demand windows. — C. S. Lewis

Imagine yourself as a living house. — 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

Man, even now, can do wonders to animals: my cat and dog live together in my house and seem to like it. It may have been one of man's functions to restore peace to the animal world, and if he had not joined the enemy he might have succeeded in doing so to an extent now hardly imaginable. — C. S. Lewis

Enough had been thought, and said, and felt, and imagined. It was about time that something should be done. — C. S. Lewis

No one can say 'He jests at scars who never felt a wound' for I have never for one moment been in a state of mind to which even the imagination of serious pain was less than intolerable. If any man is safe from the danger of under-estimating this adversary, I am that man. — C. S. Lewis

The imagined beings have their insides on the outside; they are visible souls. And man as a whole, Man pitted against the universe, have we seen him at all till we see that he is like a hero in a fairy tale? — C. S. Lewis

The more imagination the reader has ... the more he will do for himself. He will, at a mere hint from the author, flood wretched material with suggestion and never guess that he is himself chiefly making what he enjoys. — C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis Quotes On World

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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

Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. — C. S. Lewis

Homemaking is surely in reality the most important work in the world. — C. S. Lewis

This was bad grammar of course, but that is how beavers talk when they are excited; I mean, in Narnia--in our world they usually don't talk at all. - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe — C. S. Lewis

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. — 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

Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. — C. S. Lewis

The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world. — 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

We have not long to live in any event. Let us spend what is left in seeking the unpeopled world behind the sunrise. — C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis Quotes On People

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One of the most cowardly things ordinary people do is to shut their eyes to facts. — 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

until the theologians and the ordained clergy begin to communicate with ordinary people in the vernacular, in a way that they can understand, I’m going to have to do this sort of thing. — C. S. Lewis

We meet no ordinary people in our lives. — C. S. Lewis

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you're looking down, you can't see something that's above you. — C. S. Lewis

There are no ordinary people.. it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit. — C. S. Lewis

Mere improvement is not redemption, though redemption always improves people — 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

In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people's, we do not accept them easily enough. — C. S. Lewis

You understand sleep when you are awake, not while you are sleeping. You can see mistakes in arithmetic when your mind is working properly; while you are making them you cannot see them. Good people know about both bad and evil; bad people do not know about either. — C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis Quotes On Reading

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Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. — 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

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

What can be better than to get out a book on Saturday afternoon and thrust all mundane considerations away till next week. — C. S. Lewis

We read to know we are not alone. — C. S. Lewis

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably. — 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

Odd, the way the less the Bible is read the more it is translated — C. S. Lewis

The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books. — C. S. Lewis

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

C. S. Lewis Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. — C. S. Lewis

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You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. — C. S. Lewis

He (the devil) always sends errors into the world in pairs--pairs of opposites...He relies on your extra dislike of one to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them. — C. S. Lewis

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Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose. — C. S. Lewis

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

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Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny. — C. S. Lewis

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There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. — C. S. Lewis

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Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it. — 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

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Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities. — 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

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. — C. S. Lewis

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

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

It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves. — C. S. Lewis

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Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness. — C. S. Lewis

The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. — C. S. Lewis

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A God. The God. One word can make all the difference in the world. — C. S. Lewis

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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

A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn't be a great moral teacher. He'd be either a lunatic on a level with a man who says he's a poached egg or else he'd be the devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. — C. S. Lewis

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken. — 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

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

The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs. — C. S. Lewis

Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live for ever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live for ever. — C. S. Lewis

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

The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all the other kinds of union which were intended to go along with it and make up the total union. — 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

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

I gave up Christianity at about 14. Came back to it when getting on for 30. Not an emotional conversion; almost purely philosophical. I didn't want to. I'm not in the least a religious type. I want to be let alone, to feel I'm my own master; but since the facts seemed to be just the opposite, I had to give in. — C. S. Lewis

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I gave in, and admitted that God was God. — C. S. Lewis

Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult. — C. S. Lewis

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God wants a child's heart and a grownup's head. — C. S. Lewis

I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. — C. S. Lewis

Of course God does not consider you hopeless. If He did He would not be moving you to seek Him (and He obviously is). What is going on in you at present is simply the beginning of the treatment. Continue seeking with cheerful seriousness. Unless He wanted you, you would not be wanting Him. — C. S. Lewis

I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to "rejoice" as much as by anything else — 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

The real test of being in the presence of God is, that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object. — 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

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Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. — 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

Lust is a poor, weak, whimpering, whispering thing compared with that richness and energy of desire which will arise when lust has been killed. — 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

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

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil. — C. S. Lewis

True friends don’t spend time gazing into each other’s eyes. They may show great tenderness towards each other but they face in the same direction - toward common projects, goals - above all, towards a common Lord. — C. S. Lewis

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. — C. S. Lewis

You cannot make men good by law: and without good men you cannot have a good society. — C. S. Lewis

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

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

If there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most, or else just silly. — C. S. Lewis

We must picture Hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment. — C. S. Lewis

Life Lessons by C. S. Lewis

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  1. C. S. Lewis teaches us to look for the spiritual in the everyday, to appreciate the beauty of the natural world, and to be open to the possibilities of the imagination.
  2. He encourages us to think deeply and to question our assumptions, to seek truth, and to be humble in the face of the unknown.
  3. He reminds us of the importance of faith, love, and friendship, and that even in the darkest times, hope is possible.

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