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Quotes By C.S. Lewis

Date of Birth: November 29, 1898    Date of Death: November 22, 1963

Clive Staples Lewis (C. S. Lewis) was an Irish-born British novelist, medievalist, academic, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist. C.S. Lewis is thought by many to be the most thought-provoking and influential Christian writer of the modern era. Below is a compilation of famous C.S. Lewis quotations.


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


Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.  ~ 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


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


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


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


Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.  ~ C.S. Lewis


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


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


We read to know that we are not alone.  ~
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


What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.  ~ C.S. Lewis


I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God- it changes me.  ~
C.S. Lewis


Crying is all right in its own 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


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


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


Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.  ~ C.S. Lewis


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


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


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


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


Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn.  ~ 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


God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.  ~ 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


Nothing is yet in its true form.  ~
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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


I never exactly made a book. It's rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say.  ~
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


No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.  ~ 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.  ~
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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?  ~
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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.  ~ C.S. Lewis


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


What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.  ~
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


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


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


Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.  ~ C.S. Lewis


Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.  ~ 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


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


God can't give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.  ~
C.S. Lewis


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.  ~ 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 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


Our experience is coloured through and through by books and plays and the cinema, and it takes patience and skill to disentangle the things we have really learned from life for ourselves.  ~ C.S. Lewis


If we only have the will to walk, then God is pleased with our stumbles.  ~ 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


Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.  ~
C.S. Lewis


You can make anything by writing.  ~
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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.  ~ 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

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