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C. S. Lewis Quote: “I read in a periodical the other day that the fundamental thing is how we think of God. By God Himself, it is not! How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important.”

I read in a periodical the other day that the fundamental thing is how we think of God. By God Himself, it is not! How God thinks of us is not only more important, but infinitely more important.

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “Agnostics talk cheerfully of man’s search for God but they might as well talk about the mouse’s search for the cat.”

Agnostics talk cheerfully of man’s search for God but they might as well talk about the mouse’s search for the cat.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Giving to the poor is an essential part of Christian morality.”

Giving to the poor is an essential part of Christian morality.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “It takes courage to live through suffering; and it takes honesty to observe it.”

It takes courage to live through suffering; and it takes honesty to observe it.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues. There is no getting away from it; the old Christian rule is, “Either marriage, with completely faithfulness to your partner, or else total abstinence.””

Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues. There is no getting away from it; the old Christian rule is, “Either marriage, with completely faithfulness to your partner, or else total abstinence.”

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “God gives His gifts where He finds the vessel empty enough to receive them.”

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

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “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.”

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 Quote: “Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues.”

Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.”

Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Why must holy places be dark places?”

Why must holy places be dark places?

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “Humans are very seldom either totally sincere or totally hypocritical. Their moods change, their motives are mixed, and they are often quite mistaken as to what their motives are.”

Humans are very seldom either totally sincere or totally hypocritical. Their moods change, their motives are mixed, and they are often quite mistaken as to what their motives are.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Joy is the serious business of heaven. Our merriment must be between people who take each other seriously.”

Joy is the serious business of heaven. Our merriment must be between people who take each other seriously.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Other than heaven, the only place where one’s heart is completely safe from the dangers of love is hell.”

Other than heaven, the only place where one’s heart is completely safe from the dangers of love is hell.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The enemy will not see you vanish into God’s company without an effort to reclaim you.”

The enemy will not see you vanish into God’s company without an effort to reclaim you.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The Glory of God, and, as our only means of glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.”

The Glory of God, and, as our only means of glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Jesus Christ did not say, ‘Go into the world and tell the world that it is quite right.’”

Jesus Christ did not say, ‘Go into the world and tell the world that it is quite right.’

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A sick society must think much about politics, as a sick man must think much about his digestion.”

A sick society must think much about politics, as a sick man must think much about his digestion.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “It is so fatally easy to confuse an aesthetic appreciation of the spiritual life with the life itself-to dream that you have waked, washed, and dressed and then to find yourself still in bed.”

It is so fatally easy to confuse an aesthetic appreciation of the spiritual life with the life itself-to dream that you have waked, washed, and dressed and then to find yourself still in bed.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The problem of reconciling human suffering with the existence of a God who loves, is only insoluble so long as we attach a trivial meaning to the word “love.””

The problem of reconciling human suffering with the existence of a God who loves, is only insoluble so long as we attach a trivial meaning to the word “love.”

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Pain plants the flag of truth within a rebel fortress.”

Pain plants the flag of truth within a rebel fortress.

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “Sometimes fairy stories may say best what’s to be said.”

Sometimes fairy stories may say best what’s to be said.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “There is no use in talking as if forgiveness were easy. For we find that the work of forgiveness has to be done over and over again.”

There is no use in talking as if forgiveness were easy. For we find that the work of forgiveness has to be done over and over again.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Authority exercised with humility, and obedience accepted with delight are the very lines along which our spirits live.”

Authority exercised with humility, and obedience accepted with delight are the very lines along which our spirits live.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege, of individuality.”

Literary experience heals the wound, without undermining the privilege, of individuality.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Precisely because we cannot predict the moment, we must be ready at all moments.”

Precisely because we cannot predict the moment, we must be ready at all moments.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.”

Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistake of our own period. And that means the old books.”

Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistake of our own period. And that means the old books.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “In silence and in meditation on the eternal truths, I hear the voice of God which excites our hearts to greater love.”

In silence and in meditation on the eternal truths, I hear the voice of God which excites our hearts to greater love.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Man’s conquest of Nature turns out, in the moment of its consummation, to be Nature’s conquest of Man.”

Man’s conquest of Nature turns out, in the moment of its consummation, to be Nature’s conquest of Man.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Being nice doesn’t make you stupid. It makes you feel good because you know you are gracious enough to forgive and smart enough to realize how distasteful some people can be.”

Being nice doesn’t make you stupid. It makes you feel good because you know you are gracious enough to forgive and smart enough to realize how distasteful some people can be.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The sight of the huge world put mad ideas into me, as if I could wander away, wander forever, see strange and beautiful things, one after the other...”

The sight of the huge world put mad ideas into me, as if I could wander away, wander forever, see strange and beautiful things, one after the other...

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A man whose life has been transformed by Christ cannot help but have his worldview show through.”

A man whose life has been transformed by Christ cannot help but have his worldview show through.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “One of the most cowardly things ordinary people do is to shut their eyes to facts.”

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

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Looking for God-or Heaven-by exploring space is like reading or seeing all Shakespeare’s plays in the hope that you will find Shakespeare as one of the characters...”

Looking for God-or Heaven-by exploring space is like reading or seeing all Shakespeare’s plays in the hope that you will find Shakespeare as one of the characters...

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A man with an obsession is a man who has very little sales resistance.”

A man with an obsession is a man who has very little sales resistance.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “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.”

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


C. S. Lewis Quote: “When all the suns and nebulae have passed away, each one of you will still be alive.”

When all the suns and nebulae have passed away, each one of you will still be alive.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Above all else, the devil can not stand to be mocked.”

Above all else, the devil can not stand to be mocked.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “I’d sooner live among people who don’t cheat at cards than among people who are earnest about not cheating at cards.”

I’d sooner live among people who don’t cheat at cards than among people who are earnest about not cheating at cards.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Mere improvement is not redemption, though redemption always improves people.”

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

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Hell is a state of mind – ye never said a truer word. And every state of mind, left to itself, every shutting up of the creature within the dungeon of its own mind – is, in the end, Hell. But Heaven is not a state of mind. Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly.”

Hell is a state of mind – ye never said a truer word. And every state of mind, left to itself, every shutting up of the creature within the dungeon of its own mind – is, in the end, Hell. But Heaven is not a state of mind. Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “We have had enough, once and for all, of Hedonism – the gloomy philosophy which says that Pleasure is the only good.”

We have had enough, once and for all, of Hedonism – the gloomy philosophy which says that Pleasure is the only good.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “When you have reached your own room, be kind to those Who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall.”

When you have reached your own room, be kind to those Who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “We cannot understand. The best is perhaps what we understand least.”

We cannot understand. The best is perhaps what we understand least.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that he may love and perfect them.”

God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that he may love and perfect them.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “And how could we endure to live and let time pass if we were always crying for one day or one year to come back – if we did not know that every day in a life fills the whole life with expectation and memory and that these are that day?”

And how could we endure to live and let time pass if we were always crying for one day or one year to come back – if we did not know that every day in a life fills the whole life with expectation and memory and that these are that day?

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people.”

Love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy.”

Earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “God has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.”

God has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Dearest Daughter. I knew you would not be long in coming to me. Joy shall be yours.”

Dearest Daughter. I knew you would not be long in coming to me. Joy shall be yours.

— C. S. Lewis

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