Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Best 100+ Quotes Of C. S. Lewis

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

2.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.

3.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.’

4.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.

5.Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

6.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.

7.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.

8.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.

9.When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you’d been the only man in the world.

10.We are what we believe we are.

11.C. S. Lewis What I call my ‘self’ now is hardly a person at all. It’s mainly a meeting place for various natural forces, desires, and fears, etcetera, some of which come from my ancestors, and some from my education, some perhaps from devils. The self you were really intended to be is something that lives not from nature but from God. Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.

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

13.C. S. Lewis Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. Let’s pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.

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

15.C. S. Lewis The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.

16.Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery’s shadow or reflection: the fact that you don’t merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.

17.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.

18.C. S. Lewis ‘The Lion’ all began with a picture of a faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself, ‘Let’s try to make a story about it.’

19.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.

20.We are not living in a world where all roads are radii of a circle and where all, if followed long enough, will therefore draw gradually nearer and finally meet at the centre: rather in a world where every road, after a few miles, forks into two, and each of those into two again, and at each fork, you must make a decision.

21.Don’t implement promises, but keep them.

22.History isn’t just the story of bad people doing bad things. It’s quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong.

23.I’m tall, fat, rather bald, red-faced, double-chinned, black-haired, have a deep voice, and wear glasses for reading.

24.C. S. Lewis I think that all things, in their way, reflect heavenly truth, the imagination not least. 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.

25.Nothing is more dangerous to one’s own faith than the work of an apologist. No doctrine of that faith seems to me so spectral, so unreal as one that I have just successfully defended in a public debate.

26.C. S. Lewis Solemnity is proper in church, but things that are proper in church are not necessarily proper outside, and vice versa. For example, I can say a prayer while washing my teeth, but that does not mean I should wash my teeth in church. I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.

27.With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.

28.There is no uncreated being except God. God has no opposite.

29.C. S. Lewis 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.

30.Some people write heavily, some write lightly. I prefer the light approach because I believe there is a great deal of false reverence about. There is too much solemnity and intensity in dealing with sacred matters; too much speaking in holy tones.

31.Real joy seems to me almost as unlike security or prosperity as it is unlike agony.

32.Writing is like a ‘lust,’ or like ‘scratching when you itch.’ Writing comes as a result of a very strong impulse, and when it does come, I, for one, must get it out.

33.A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery.

34.“To love at all is to be vulnerable.”

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

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

37.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.

38.How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.

39.The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

40.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.

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

42.We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.

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

44.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.

45.“Don’t shine so that others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see HIM.”

46.“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.”

47.“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

48.“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

49.“We are what we believe we are.”

50.“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.”

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

52.“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.”

53.“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”

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

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

56.“You can make anything by writing.”

57.“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.”

58.“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

59.“Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.”

60.“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”

61.“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

62.“Courage, dear heart.”

63“Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.”

64.“I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”

65.“God doesn’t want something from us. He simply wants us.”

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

67.“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”

68.“All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.”

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

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

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

72.“Put first things first and second things are thrown in. Put second things first and you lose both first and second things.”

73.“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.”

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

75.“No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.”

76.“When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.”

77.“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.”

78.“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.”

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

80.“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?” 228 0

81.“And this is the marvel of marvels; that he called me Beloved.”

82.“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.”

83.“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.”

84.“Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.”

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

86.“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.”

87.“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.”

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

89.“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.”

90.“Feelings, and feelings, and feelings. Let me try thinking instead.”

91.“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

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

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

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

95.“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.”

96.“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”

97.“He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.”

98.“Jesus was either a Liar, a Lunatic, or Lord.”

99.“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.”

100.“You can’t know, you can only believe – or not.”

101.“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”

102.“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”

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