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C. S. Lewis Quote: “I now see that I spent most of my life in doing neither what I ought nor what I liked.”

I now see that I spent most of my life in doing neither what I ought nor what I liked.

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “And there’s also ‘To him that hath shall be given.’ After all, you must have a capacity to receive, or even omnipotence can’t give. Perhaps your own passion temporarily destroys the capacity.”

And there’s also ‘To him that hath shall be given.’ After all, you must have a capacity to receive, or even omnipotence can’t give. Perhaps your own passion temporarily destroys the capacity.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If Christianity was something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not.”

If Christianity was something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “We are told that Christ was killed for us, that His death has washed out our sins, and that by dying He disabled death itself. That is the formula. That is Christianity. That is what has to be believed.”

We are told that Christ was killed for us, that His death has washed out our sins, and that by dying He disabled death itself. That is the formula. That is Christianity. That is what has to be believed.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered.”

A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “You can’t see anything properly while your eyes are blurred with tears.”

You can’t see anything properly while your eyes are blurred with tears.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Let’s pray that the human race never escapes Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.”

Let’s pray that the human race never escapes Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon’s lair, but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains, but they were weak on dragons.”

Most of us know what we should expect to find in a dragon’s lair, but, as I said before, Eustace had read only the wrong books. They had a lot to say about exports and imports and governments and drains, but they were weak on dragons.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.”

The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Nonsense remains nonsense even when we talk it about God.”

Nonsense remains nonsense even when we talk it about God.

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “Please will you do my job for me.”

Please will you do my job for me.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Badness cannot succeed even in being bad in the same way in which goodness is good. Goodness is, so to speak, itself: badness is only spoiled goodness. Evil is a parasite, not an original thing.”

Badness cannot succeed even in being bad in the same way in which goodness is good. Goodness is, so to speak, itself: badness is only spoiled goodness. Evil is a parasite, not an original thing.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The proper motto is not Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever, but Be good sweet maid, and don’t forget that this involves being as clever as you can. God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than any other slackers.”

The proper motto is not Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever, but Be good sweet maid, and don’t forget that this involves being as clever as you can. God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than any other slackers.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.”

The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A man can eat his dinner without understanding exactly how food nourishes him. A man can accept what Christ has done without knowing how it works: indeed, he certainly would not know how it works until he has accepted it.”

A man can eat his dinner without understanding exactly how food nourishes him. A man can accept what Christ has done without knowing how it works: indeed, he certainly would not know how it works until he has accepted it.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The Opposite of Love is not hate, but power.”

The Opposite of Love is not hate, but power.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “I came alive when I started loving you.”

I came alive when I started loving you.

— 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: “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: “Did I hate him, then? Indeed, I believe so. A love like that can grow to be nine-tenths hatred and still call itself love.”

Did I hate him, then? Indeed, I believe so. A love like that can grow to be nine-tenths hatred and still call itself 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: “Falling in love is something that happens to us, being is love is something we do. No passion is self preservatory.”

Falling in love is something that happens to us, being is love is something we do. No passion is self preservatory.

— 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: “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: “The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.”

The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, hoever, turns out to be not a state but a process.”

I thought I could describe a state; make a map of sorrow. Sorrow, hoever, turns out to be not a state but a process.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “For his mind was full of forlorn hopes, death-or-glory charges, and last stands.”

For his mind was full of forlorn hopes, death-or-glory charges, and last stands.

— C. S. Lewis

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