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Top 100 C.S. Lewis Quotes

Here is a list of Top 100 C.S. Lewis quotes on Life, Education, Future, Honor, Joy and more.

C.S. Lewis was an author, essayist and Christian apologist. He is best known for his children’s classic series “The Chronicles of Narnia”.

Read these quotes and see what this wise man thinks about different areas of life.


C. S Lewis Quotes


“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.” – C. S. Lewis


 “I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.” – C. S. Lewis


“Joy is the serious business of heaven.” – C. S. Lewis


“We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” – C. S. Lewis


“Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.” – C. S. Lewis


“There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.” – C. S. Lewis


“Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.” – C. S. Lewis


“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” – C. S. Lewis


There are only two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” – C. S. Lewis


“To love at all is to be vulnerable.” – C. S. Lewis


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


“A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulnes, 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


“When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.” – C. S. Lewis


“If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.” – C. S. Lewis


 “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” – C. S. Lewis


“We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.” – C. S. Lewis


“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


“All get what they want; they do not always like it.” – C. S. Lewis


 “It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.” – C. S. Lewis


“Being in love” first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise.” – C. S. Lewis


“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” – C. S. Lewis


“This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” – C. S. Lewis


 “A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.” – C. S. Lewis


 “All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now, at last, they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” – C. S. Lewis


“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.” – C. S. Lewis


“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” – C. S. Lewis


“It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.” – C. S. Lewis


“Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth.” – C. S. Lewis


“We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it’s there for emergencies, but he hopes he’ll never have to use it.” – C. S. Lewis


“Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.” – C. S. Lewis


“Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” – C. S. Lewis


“We do not want merely to see beauty . . . We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” – C. S. Lewis


“The Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.” – C. S. Lewis


“Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.” – C. S. Lewis


“The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.” – C. S. Lewis


“Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.” – C. S. Lewis


“Forgiveness does not mean excusing.” – C. S. Lewis


“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


“I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” – C. S. Lewis


“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


“In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.” – C. S. Lewis


“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


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


“We’re not doubting that God will do the best for us; we’re wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” – C. S. Lewis


“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.” – C. S. Lewis


“Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.” – C. S. Lewis


“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


“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” – C. S. Lewis


“If God forgives us we must forgive ourselves otherwise its like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than him.” – C. S. Lewis


“Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else.” – C. S. Lewis


“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” – C. S. Lewis


“God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.” – C. S. Lewis


“What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” – C. S. Lewis


“The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred.” – C. S. Lewis


“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C. S. Lewis


“Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.” – C. S. Lewis


“The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.” – C. S. Lewis


“God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are as much alone with him as if you were the only being he had ever created.” – C. S. Lewis


“If you’re thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you, you’re embarking on something, which will take the whole of you.” – C. S. Lewis


“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” – C. S. Lewis


“Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ, and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.” – C. S. Lewis


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


“Though our feelings come and go, his love for us does not.” – C. S. Lewis


“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C. S. Lewis


“Let’s pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.” – C. S. Lewis


“If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C. S. Lewis


“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” – C. S. Lewis


“Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.” – C. S. Lewis


“Christianity, if false, is of no importance and, if true, is of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.” – C. S. Lewis


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


“God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want.” – C. S. Lewis


“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.” – C. S. Lewis


“To walk out of his will is to walk into nowhere.” – C. S. Lewis


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


“Of all the bad men, religious bad men are the worst.” – C. S. Lewis


“One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.” – C. S. Lewis


“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you do, and you will presently come to love him.” – C. S. Lewis


“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C. S. Lewis


“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” – C. S. Lewis


“It cost God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost him crucifixion.” – C. S. Lewis


“The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.” – C. S. Lewis


“Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.” – C. S. Lewis


“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.” – C. S. Lewis


“You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.” – C. S. Lewis


“Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” – C. S. Lewis


“There would be no sense in saying you trusted Jesus if you would not take his advice.” – C. S. Lewis


“You must ask for God’s help. … After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again.” – C. S. Lewis


“We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.” – C. S. Lewis


“It is not your business to succeed, but to do right; when you have done so, the rest lies with God.” – C. S. Lewis


“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.” – C. S. Lewis


“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen — not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – C. S. Lewis


“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” – C. S. Lewis


“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.” – C. S. Lewis


“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” – C. S. Lewis


“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” – C. S. Lewis


“God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.” – C. S. Lewis


“When you are arguing against God you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.” – C. S. Lewis


“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis


“We are what we believe we are.” – C. S. Lewis


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


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