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C. S. Lewis Quote: “People talk as if grief were just a feeling – as if it weren’t the continually renewed shock of setting out again and again on familiar roads and being brought up short by the grim frontier post that now blocks them.”

People talk as if grief were just a feeling – as if it weren’t the continually renewed shock of setting out again and again on familiar roads and being brought up short by the grim frontier post that now blocks them.

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “You never know what you can do until you try, and very few try unless they have to.”

You never know what you can do until you try, and very few try unless they have to.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The very nature of Joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting.”

The very nature of Joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory a meaning for me. I still do not know where else I could have found one.”

Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory a meaning for me. I still do not know where else I could have found one.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.”

Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “And men said that the blood of the stars flowed in her veins.”

And men said that the blood of the stars flowed in her veins.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A sign of a culture that has lost its faith – Moral collapse follows upon spiritual collapse.”

A sign of a culture that has lost its faith – Moral collapse follows upon spiritual collapse.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If there ever was a time that nothing existed, then nothing would exist now.”

If there ever was a time that nothing existed, then nothing would exist now.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.”

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down.”

You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down.

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “God is not merely good, but goodness; goodness is not merely divine, but God.”

God is not merely good, but goodness; goodness is not merely divine, but God.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life.”

Friendship is the greatest of worldly goods. Certainly to me it is the chief happiness of life.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Our prayers for others flow more easily than those for ourselves. This shows we are made to live by charity.”

Our prayers for others flow more easily than those for ourselves. This shows we are made to live by charity.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery’s shadow or reflection: the fact that you don’t merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.”

Part of every misery is, so to speak, the misery’s shadow or reflection: the fact that you don’t merely suffer but have to keep on thinking about the fact that you suffer. I not only live each endless day in grief, but live each day thinking about living each day in grief.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “It takes all sorts to make a world; or a church. This may be even truer of a church. If grace perfects nature it must expand all our natures into the full richness of the diversity which God intended when He made them, and Heaven will display far more variety than Hell.”

It takes all sorts to make a world; or a church. This may be even truer of a church. If grace perfects nature it must expand all our natures into the full richness of the diversity which God intended when He made them, and Heaven will display far more variety than Hell.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A man may have to die for our country: but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself.”

A man may have to die for our country: but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Christianity is a fighting religion.”

Christianity is a fighting religion.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Everyone says that forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.”

Everyone says that forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive yet tasted one of the most sublime enjoyments of life.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.”

Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “We must stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected things as interruptions of real life. The truth is that interruptions are real life.”

We must stop regarding unpleasant or unexpected things as interruptions of real life. The truth is that interruptions are real life.

— C. S. Lewis



C. S. Lewis Quote: “The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God.”

The perfect church service would be one we were almost unaware of. Our attention would have been on God.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The road to the promised land runs past Sinai.”

The road to the promised land runs past Sinai.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.”

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?”

To what will you look for help if you will not look to that which is stronger than yourself?

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Nothing is really ours until we share it.”

Nothing is really ours until we share it.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Youth and age touch only the surface of our lives.”

Youth and age touch only the surface of our lives.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “All these toys were never intended to possess my heart. My true good is in another world, and my only real treasure is Christ.”

All these toys were never intended to possess my heart. My true good is in another world, and my only real treasure is Christ.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “You can’t get second things by putting them first. You get second things only by putting first things first.”

You can’t get second things by putting them first. You get second things only by putting first things first.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.”

If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want.”

Whether we like it or not, God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “You can begin as if nothing had ever gone wrong. White as snow.”

You can begin as if nothing had ever gone wrong. White as snow.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The question is not what we intended ourselves to be, but what He intended us to be when He made us.”

The question is not what we intended ourselves to be, but what He intended us to be when He made us.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Narnia! It’s all in the wardrobe just like I told you!”

Narnia! It’s all in the wardrobe just like I told you!

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The cross comes before the crown and tomorrow is a Monday morning!”

The cross comes before the crown and tomorrow is a Monday morning!

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “I need Christ, not something that resembles Him.”

I need Christ, not something that resembles Him.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Repentance is not something God demands of you before He will take you back and which He could let you off if He chose; it is simply a description of what going back is like.”

Repentance is not something God demands of you before He will take you back and which He could let you off if He chose; it is simply a description of what going back is like.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Faith in Christ is the only thing to save you from despair.”

Faith in Christ is the only thing to save you from despair.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Remember He is the artist and you are the picture. You can’t see it, you can’t see your true self. So quietly submit to be painted.”

Remember He is the artist and you are the picture. You can’t see it, you can’t see your true self. So quietly submit to be painted.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If the Church is not Making Disciples, then all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible, are a waste of time.”

If the Church is not Making Disciples, then all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible, are a waste of time.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If my house has collapsed at one blow, that is because it was a house of cards. The faith which ‘took these things into account’ was not faith but imagination.”

If my house has collapsed at one blow, that is because it was a house of cards. The faith which ‘took these things into account’ was not faith but imagination.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Selfishness has never been admired.”

Selfishness has never been admired.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.”

I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If I had really cared as I thought I did about the sorrows of the world I should not have been so overwhelmed when my own sorrow came- I thought I trusted the rope until it mattered to me whether it would bear me, now it matters and I find I didn’t.”

If I had really cared as I thought I did about the sorrows of the world I should not have been so overwhelmed when my own sorrow came- I thought I trusted the rope until it mattered to me whether it would bear me, now it matters and I find I didn’t.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “It will not bother me in the hour of death to reflect that I have been “had for a sucker” by any number of imposters but it would be a torment to know that one had refused even one person in need.”

It will not bother me in the hour of death to reflect that I have been “had for a sucker” by any number of imposters but it would be a torment to know that one had refused even one person in need.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If God had granted all the silly prayers I’ve made in my life, where should I be now?”

If God had granted all the silly prayers I’ve made in my life, where should I be now?

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstairs indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, and the noise of wind under the tiles. Also, of endless books.”

I am a product of long corridors, empty sunlit rooms, upstairs indoor silences, attics explored in solitude, distant noises of gurgling cisterns and pipes, and the noise of wind under the tiles. Also, of endless books.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.”

In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A man who has been in another world does not come back unchanged. One can’t put the difference into words. When the man is a friend it may become painful: the old footing is not easy to recover.”

A man who has been in another world does not come back unchanged. One can’t put the difference into words. When the man is a friend it may become painful: the old footing is not easy to recover.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “It is by human avarice or human stupidity, not by the churlishness of nature, that we have poverty and overwork.”

It is by human avarice or human stupidity, not by the churlishness of nature, that we have poverty and overwork.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The process of growing up is to be valued for what we gain, not for what we lose.”

The process of growing up is to be valued for what we gain, not for what we lose.

— C. S. Lewis

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