C S Lewis Quotes (77 quotations)

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1. ...that people often say about Him: I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg - or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. - C S Lewis

2. A great many of those who 'debunk' traditional... values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process. - C S Lewis

3. A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. - C S Lewis

4. A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride. - C S Lewis

5. A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered. - C S Lewis

6. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is... A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. - C S Lewis

7. Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. - C S Lewis

8. Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. - C S Lewis

9. An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason. - C S Lewis

10. Badness is only spoiled goodness. - C S Lewis

11. Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. - C S Lewis

12. Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good. - C S Lewis

13. Don't say it was "delightful"; make us say "delightful" when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers "Please will you do the job for me." - C S Lewis

14. Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. - C S Lewis

15. Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. - C S Lewis

16. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. - C S Lewis

17. Every poem can be considered in two ways - as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes. - C S Lewis

18. Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn. - C S Lewis

19. Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. - C S Lewis

20. Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than minority of them - never become conscious of them all. How much of total reality can such an apparatus let through? - C S Lewis

21. Friendship is born at that moment whne one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one. - C S Lewis

22. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. - C S Lewis

23. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. - C S Lewis

24. How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete. - C S Lewis

25. I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it but because I see everything in it. - C S Lewis

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