Looking for the best C.S. Lewis quotes? We’ve compiled a list of top 130 inspirational and wise C.S. Lewis quotes and sayings (with images).

Best C.S. Lewis Quotes And Sayings


130

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


129

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


128

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


127

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


126

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” – C. S. Lewis


125

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


124

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


123

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


122

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


121

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


120

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

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119

“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


118

“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


117

“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


116

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


115

“If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” – C. S. Lewis


114

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


113

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


112

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


111

“The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” – C. S. Lewis


110

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

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109

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


108

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


107

“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


106

“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


105

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


104

“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


103

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


102

“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


101

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C. S. Lewis


100

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

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99

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


98

“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


97

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


96

“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


95

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


94

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


93

“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


92

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


91

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


90

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

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89

“Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” – C. S. Lewis


88

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


87

“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


86

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


85

“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


84

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


83

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


82

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


81

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


80

“Faith in Christ is the only thing to save you from despair.” – C. S. Lewis

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79

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


78

“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with him. He walks everywhere incognito.” – C. S. Lewis


77

“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


76

“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


75

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


74

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


73

“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


72

“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


71

“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


70

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

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69

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


68

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


67

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


66

“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


65

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


64

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


63

“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


62

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


61

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


60

“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

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59

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


58

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


57

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


56

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


55

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


54

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


53

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


52

“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


51

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


50

“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.” – C. S. Lewis

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49

“The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self – all your wishes and precautions – to Christ.” – C. S. Lewis


48

“The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.” – C. S. Lewis


47

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


46

“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


45

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


44

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


43

“With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.” – C. S. Lewis


42

“Jesus Christ did not say, “Go into all the world and tell the world that it is quite right.” – C. S. Lewis


41

“I think that all things, in their way, reflect heavenly truth, the imagination not least.” – C. S. Lewis


40

“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

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


38

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


37

“It’s so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.” – C. S. Lewis


36

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


35

“How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.” – C. S. Lewis


34

“Good English’ is whatever educated people talk; so that what is good in one place or time would not be so in another.” – C. S. Lewis


33

“History isn’t just the story of bad people doing bad things. It’s quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong.” – C. S. Lewis


32

“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


31

“Nothing is more dangerous to one’s own faith than the work of an apologist. No doctrine of that faith seems to me so spectral, so unreal as one that I have just successfully defended in a public debate.” – C. S. Lewis


30

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” – C. S. Lewis

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“Some people write heavily, some write lightly. I prefer the light approach because I believe there is a great deal of false reverence about. There is too much solemnity and intensity in dealing with sacred matters; too much speaking in holy tones.” – C. S. Lewis


28

“Satan, the leader or dictator of devils, is the opposite, not of God, but of Michael.” – C. S. Lewis


27

“When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you’d been the only man in the world.” – C. S. Lewis


26

“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


25

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


24

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


23

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


22

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


21

“I gave in, and admitted that God was God.” – C. S. Lewis


20

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

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“There are 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


18

“A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.” – C. S. Lewis


17

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


16

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


15

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


14

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


13

“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


12

“Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.” – C. S. Lewis


11

“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


10

“Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.” – C. S. Lewis

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“Real joy seems to me almost as unlike security or prosperity as it is unlike agony.” – C. S. Lewis


8

“There is no uncreated being except God. God has no opposite.” – C. S. Lewis


7

“This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.” – C. S. Lewis


6

“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


5

“Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.” – C. S. Lewis


4

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


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“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


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“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


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