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C. S. Lewis Quote: “Extraordinary things only happen to extraordinary people. Maybe it’s a sign that you’ve got an extraordinary destiny – something greater than you could’ve imagined.”

Extraordinary things only happen to extraordinary people. Maybe it’s a sign that you’ve got an extraordinary destiny – something greater than you could’ve imagined.

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “The thing is to rely on God. The time will come when you will regard all this misery as a small price to pay for having been brought to that dependence. Meanwhile, the trouble is that relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing has yet been done.”

The thing is to rely on God. The time will come when you will regard all this misery as a small price to pay for having been brought to that dependence. Meanwhile, the trouble is that relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing has yet been done.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.”

Bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Christ says, ‘Give me all. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You.’”

Christ says, ‘Give me all. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work: I want You.’

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.”

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.”

But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If you don’t listen to theology, that won’t mean you have no ideas about God, it will mean you have a lot of wrong ones.”

If you don’t listen to theology, that won’t mean you have no ideas about God, it will mean you have a lot of wrong ones.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.”

First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.”

It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “We all agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it.”

We all agree that forgiveness is a beautiful idea until we have to practice it.

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either.”

Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.”

Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The prayer preceding all prayers is ‘May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.’”

The prayer preceding all prayers is ‘May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.’

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “You can’t go against the grain of the universe and not expect to get splinters.”

You can’t go against the grain of the universe and not expect to get splinters.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Once in our world, a Stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.”

Once in our world, a Stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside.”

I willingly believe that the damned are, in one sense, successful, rebels to the end; that the doors of hell are locked on the inside.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.”

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


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Where men are forbidden to honour a king, they honor millionaires, athletes, or film stars instead; even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.”

Where men are forbidden to honour a king, they honor millionaires, athletes, or film stars instead; even famous prostitutes or gangsters. For spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “One of the dangers of having a lot of money is that you may be quite satisfied with the kinds of happiness money can give and so fail to realize your need for God. If everything seems to come simply by signing checks, you may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.”

One of the dangers of having a lot of money is that you may be quite satisfied with the kinds of happiness money can give and so fail to realize your need for God. If everything seems to come simply by signing checks, you may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Do not cite the Deep Magic to me, Witch. I was there when it was written.”

Do not cite the Deep Magic to me, Witch. I was there when it was written.

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”

I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A myth is a lie that conveys a truth.”

A myth is a lie that conveys a truth.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “True humility is more like self-forgetfulness than false modesty.”

True humility is more like self-forgetfulness than false modesty.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Do not dare not to dare.”

Do not dare not to dare.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “History is a story written by the finger of God.”

History is a story written by the finger of God.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Will you come with me to the mountains? It will hurt at first, until your feet are hardened. Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows. But will you come?”

Will you come with me to the mountains? It will hurt at first, until your feet are hardened. Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows. But will you come?

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”

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

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Readers are advised to remember the devil is a liar.”

Readers are advised to remember the devil is a liar.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “For most of us the prayer in Gethsemane is the only model. Removing mountains can wait.”

For most of us the prayer in Gethsemane is the only model. Removing mountains can wait.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Virtue – even attempted virtue – brings light; indulgence brings fog.”

Virtue – even attempted virtue – brings light; indulgence brings fog.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone.”

If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.”

But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “In Science we have been reading only the notes to a poem; in Christianity we find the poem itself.”

In Science we have been reading only the notes to a poem; in Christianity we find the poem itself.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.”

Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we are sure to lose.”

The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we are sure to lose.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “We must lay before him what is in us; not what ought to be in us.”

We must lay before him what is in us; not what ought to be in us.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “To every soul, God will look like its first love because He IS its first love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it – made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.”

To every soul, God will look like its first love because He IS its first love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it – made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Lucy woke out of the deepest sleep you can imagine, with the feeling that the voice she liked best in the world had been calling her name.”

Lucy woke out of the deepest sleep you can imagine, with the feeling that the voice she liked best in the world had been calling her name.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Wouldn’t it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men start going wild inside, like the animals here, and still look like men, so that you’d never know which were which.”

Wouldn’t it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men start going wild inside, like the animals here, and still look like men, so that you’d never know which were which.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our natural lives.”

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

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth.”

A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to stick in his mouth.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.”

The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth – the very thing the whole story has been about.”

The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth – the very thing the whole story has been about.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Love, having become a god, becomes a demon.”

Love, having become a god, becomes a demon.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”

Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Until you have given up yourself to Him, you will not have a real self.”

Until you have given up yourself to Him, you will not have a real self.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did.”

Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature.”

God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “At the end of things, The Blessed will say, “We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven.” And the lost will say, “We were always in Hell.” And both will speak truly.”

At the end of things, The Blessed will say, “We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven.” And the lost will say, “We were always in Hell.” And both will speak truly.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumor going around the shop that some of us are someday going to come to life.”

This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there’s a rumor going around the shop that some of us are someday going to come to life.

— C. S. Lewis

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