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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 present is the only time in which any duty may be done or grace received.”

The present is the only time in which any duty may be done or grace received.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.”

We delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.

— 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: “Mercy detached from justice grows unmerciful.”

Mercy detached from justice grows unmerciful.

— 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: “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: “Thirst was made for water. Inquiry for truth.”

Thirst was made for water. Inquiry for truth.

— 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: “Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I’ll listen submissively. But don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand.”

Talk to me about the truth of religion and I’ll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I’ll listen submissively. But don’t come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don’t understand.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist.”

Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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


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: “Nothing can seem extraordinary until you have discovered what is ordinary.”

Nothing can seem extraordinary until you have discovered what is ordinary.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “I don’t pray so that I can change God. I pray so that God can change me.”

I don’t pray so that I can change God. I pray so that God can change me.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s never more than one.”

There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there’s never more than one.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “We do not come to God as bad people trying to become good people; we come as rebels to lay down our arms.”

We do not come to God as bad people trying to become good people; we come as rebels to lay down our arms.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.”

The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.”

Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.

— 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: “The incalculable winds of fantasy and music and poetry, the mere face of a girl, the song of a bird, or the sight of a horizon, are always blowing evil’s whole structure away.”

The incalculable winds of fantasy and music and poetry, the mere face of a girl, the song of a bird, or the sight of a horizon, are always blowing evil’s whole structure away.

— 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: “Please will you do my job for me.”

Please will you do my job for me.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “I’m not sure God wants us to be happy. I think he wants us to love, and be loved. But we are like children, thinking our toys will make us happy and the whole world is our nursery. Something must drive us out of that nursery and into the lives of others, and that something is suffering.”

I’m not sure God wants us to be happy. I think he wants us to love, and be loved. But we are like children, thinking our toys will make us happy and the whole world is our nursery. Something must drive us out of that nursery and into the lives of others, and that something is suffering.

— C. S. Lewis


C. S. Lewis Quote: “Have fun, even if it’s not the same kind of fun everyone else is having.”

Have fun, even if it’s not the same kind of fun everyone else is having.

— 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: “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 Opposite of Love is not hate, but power.”

The Opposite of Love is not hate, but power.

— 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: “I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell; and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself.”

I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell; and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself.

— 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: “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: “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

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