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C. S. Lewis Quote: “Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.”

Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “The full acting out of the self’s surrender to God therefore demands pain: this action, to be perfect, must be done from the pure will to obey, in the absence, or in the teeth, of inclination.”

The full acting out of the self’s surrender to God therefore demands pain: this action, to be perfect, must be done from the pure will to obey, in the absence, or in the teeth, of inclination.

— 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: “Till that word can be dug out of us, why should they hear the babble that we think we mean? How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?”

Till that word can be dug out of us, why should they hear the babble that we think we mean? How can they meet us face to face till we have faces?

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “God is no fonder of intellectual slackers than He is of any other slacker.”

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

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “In your life you meet people. Some you never think about again. Some, you wonder what happened to them. There are some that you wonder if they ever think about you. And then there are some that you wish you never have to think about again. But you do.”

In your life you meet people. Some you never think about again. Some, you wonder what happened to them. There are some that you wonder if they ever think about you. And then there are some that you wish you never have to think about again. But you do.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.”

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh error and fresh sin flowing on to the end of time.”

Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh error and fresh sin flowing on to the end of time.

— 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


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Love as distinct from “being in love” is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit...”

Love as distinct from “being in love” is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit...

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.”

When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even agony into a glory.”

Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even agony into a glory.

— 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: “How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints.”

How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride.”

According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride.

— 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: “Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.”

Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.”

The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Love is the great conqueror of lust.”

Love is the great conqueror of lust.

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “I am only trying to call attention to a fact; the fact that this year, of this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practice ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people.”

I am only trying to call attention to a fact; the fact that this year, of this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practice ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “It is easy to acknowledge, but almost impossible to realize for long, that we are mirrors whose brightness, if we are bright, is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.”

It is easy to acknowledge, but almost impossible to realize for long, that we are mirrors whose brightness, if we are bright, is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If we only have the will to walk, then God is pleased with our stumbles.”

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

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “To walk out of his will is to walk into nowhere.”

To walk out of his will is to walk into nowhere.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Whatever you do, He will make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you had obeyed him.”

Whatever you do, He will make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you had obeyed him.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “I sometimes pray not for self-knowledge in general but for just so much self knowledge at the moment as I can bear and use at the moment; the little daily dose.”

I sometimes pray not for self-knowledge in general but for just so much self knowledge at the moment as I can bear and use at the moment; the little daily dose.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.”

Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If only this toothache would go away, I could write another chapter on the problem of pain.”

If only this toothache would go away, I could write another chapter on the problem of pain.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.”

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

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “In the moral sphere, every act of justice or charity involves putting ourselves in the other person’s place and thus transcending our own competitive particularity.”

In the moral sphere, every act of justice or charity involves putting ourselves in the other person’s place and thus transcending our own competitive particularity.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Very often the only way to get a quality in reality is to start behaving as if you had it already.”

Very often the only way to get a quality in reality is to start behaving as if you had it already.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “What does not satisfy when we find it, was not the thing we were desiring.”

What does not satisfy when we find it, was not the thing we were desiring.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Obedience is the road to freedom, humility the road to pleasure, unity the road to personality.”

Obedience is the road to freedom, humility the road to pleasure, unity the road to personality.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “In such a fearful world, we need a fearless church.”

In such a fearful world, we need a fearless church.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “To get even near humility, even for a moment, is like a drink of cold water to a man in a desert.”

To get even near humility, even for a moment, is like a drink of cold water to a man in a desert.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “With my mother’s death all settled happiness, all that was tranquil and reliable, disappeared from my life. There was to be much fun, many pleasures, many stabs of Joy; but no more of the old security. It was sea and islands now; the great continent had sunk like Atlantis.”

With my mother’s death all settled happiness, all that was tranquil and reliable, disappeared from my life. There was to be much fun, many pleasures, many stabs of Joy; but no more of the old security. It was sea and islands now; the great continent had sunk like Atlantis.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “This was bad grammar of course, but that is how beavers talk when they are excited; I mean, in Narnia – in our world they usually don’t talk at all. – The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.”

This was bad grammar of course, but that is how beavers talk when they are excited; I mean, in Narnia – in our world they usually don’t talk at all. – The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Many things, such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly – are done worst when we try hardest to do them.”

Many things, such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly – are done worst when we try hardest to do them.

— 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: “A cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to Hell than a prostitute.”

A cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to Hell than a prostitute.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “There is no other day. All days are present now. This moment contains all moments.”

There is no other day. All days are present now. This moment contains all moments.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.”

The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “You can’t go on “seeing through” things forever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. To “see through” all things is the same as not to see.”

You can’t go on “seeing through” things forever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. To “see through” all things is the same as not to see.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Do not by any means destroy yourself, for if you live you may yet have good fortune, but all the dead are dead like.”

Do not by any means destroy yourself, for if you live you may yet have good fortune, but all the dead are dead like.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Now Eros makes a man really want, not a woman, but one particular woman. In some mysterious but quite indisputable fashion the lover desires the Beloved herself, not the pleasure she can give.”

Now Eros makes a man really want, not a woman, but one particular woman. In some mysterious but quite indisputable fashion the lover desires the Beloved herself, not the pleasure she can give.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books.”

The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A glimpse is not a vision. But to a man on a mountain road by night, a glimpse of the next three feet of road may matter more than a vision of the horizon.”

A glimpse is not a vision. But to a man on a mountain road by night, a glimpse of the next three feet of road may matter more than a vision of the horizon.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The Christian “doctrines” are translations into our concepts and ideas of that which God has already expressed in language more adequate, namely the actual incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection.”

The Christian “doctrines” are translations into our concepts and ideas of that which God has already expressed in language more adequate, namely the actual incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.”

Crying is all right in its 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


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Lust is a poor, weak, whimpering, whispering thing compared with that richness and energy of desire which will arise when lust has been killed.”

Lust is a poor, weak, whimpering, whispering thing compared with that richness and energy of desire which will arise when lust has been killed.

— C. S. Lewis

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