Best quotes by the British Author C. S. Lewis

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

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
  • courage

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.
  • truth

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
  • friendship

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."
  • done

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.
  • religion

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

We are what we believe we are.
  • believe

Let's pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.
  • earth

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.
  • cell

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.
  • large

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

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

You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
  • big

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

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
  • bodies

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

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.
  • big

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
  • exercised

I gave in, and admitted that God was God.
  • faith

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.
  • claim

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.
  • backing

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

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.
  • creatures

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.
  • afflictions

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.
  • bach

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

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.
  • being

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.
  • birthday

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.
  • art

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.
  • change

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.
  • case

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
  • love

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.
  • truth

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

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

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

I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
  • joy

What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.
  • exercised

Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.
  • apart

A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.
  • atheist

Don’t judge a man by where he is, because you don’t know how far he has come.
  • judge

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