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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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “I need Christ, not something that resembles Him.”

I need Christ, not something that resembles Him.

— 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: “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: “In great literature, I become a thousand different men but still remain myself.”

In great literature, I become a thousand different men but still remain myself.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition.”

For me, reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or revivifying old, is not the cause of truth, but its condition.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Every poet and musician and artist, but for grace, is drawn away from love of the things he tells to love of the telling...”

Every poet and musician and artist, but for grace, is drawn away from love of the things he tells to love of the telling...

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.”

It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.

— 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: “Think of a country where people were admired for running away in battle, or where a man felt proud of double-crossing all the people who had been kindest to him. You might just as well try to imagine a country where two and two made five.”

Think of a country where people were admired for running away in battle, or where a man felt proud of double-crossing all the people who had been kindest to him. You might just as well try to imagine a country where two and two made five.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become.”

The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Mercy detached from justice grows unmerciful.”

Mercy detached from justice grows unmerciful.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A promise must be about actions: no one can promise to go on feeling a certain way.”

A promise must be about actions: no one can promise to go on feeling a certain way.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “No good work is done anywhere without aid from the Father of Lights.”

No good work is done anywhere without aid from the Father of Lights.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village; the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age.”

A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village; the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that pours from the press and the microphone of his own age.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “We must picture Hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.”

We must picture Hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal.”

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “We have failed to practise ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people.”

We have failed to practise ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other.”

Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”

Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If you ask why we should obey God, in the last resort the answer is, ‘I am.’ To know God is to know that our obedience is due to Him.”

If you ask why we should obey God, in the last resort the answer is, ‘I am.’ To know God is to know that our obedience is due to Him.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “A world of automata – of creatures that worked like machines – would hardly be worth creating.”

A world of automata – of creatures that worked like machines – would hardly be worth creating.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs.”

The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “If you are a Christian you do not have to believe that all the other religions are simply wrong all through. If you are an atheist you do have to believe that the main point in all the religions of the whole world is simply one huge mistake.”

If you are a Christian you do not have to believe that all the other religions are simply wrong all through. If you are an atheist you do have to believe that the main point in all the religions of the whole world is simply one huge mistake.

— C. S. Lewis

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