C S Lewis Quotes (77 quotations)

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26. I believe in God like I believe in the sun, not because I can see it, but because of it all things are seen. - C S Lewis

27. I gave in, and admitted that God was God. - C S Lewis

28. I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. - C S Lewis

29. I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of Admin. The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid dens of crime that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern. - C S Lewis

30. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning. - C S Lewis

31. If we could know which of us, darling, would be the first to go, who would be first to breast the swelling tide and step alone upon the other side - if we could know! - C S Lewis

32. If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons. - C S Lewis

33. It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. - C S Lewis

34. It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous. - C S Lewis

35. It's so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one. - C S Lewis

36. Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. - C S Lewis

37. 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. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket - safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. - C S Lewis

38. Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. - C S Lewis

39. Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair. - C S Lewis

40. No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as 'what a man does with his solitude.' - C S Lewis

41. No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. - C S Lewis

42. No one ever told me grief felt so much like fear. - C S Lewis

43. No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear. - C S Lewis

44. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. - C S Lewis

45. Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C S Lewis

46. Pride is a spiritual Cancer: It eats up the very possibilty of love, or contentment, or even common sense. - C S Lewis

47. Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. - C S Lewis

48. Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith [but] they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ. - C S Lewis

49. Spiritual nature, like bodily nature, will be served; deny it food and it will gobble poison. - C S Lewis

50. Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey people. People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war.... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.... - C S Lewis

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