130 Best C.S. Lewis Quotes And Sayings

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

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

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

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

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

5. “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

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

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

8. “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

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

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

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

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12. “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

13. “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

14. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24. “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

25. “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

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

27. “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

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

29. “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

30. “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

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

33. “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

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

35. “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

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

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

38. “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

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

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

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

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

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

44. “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

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

46. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

53. “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

54. “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

55. “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

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

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

58. “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

59. “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

60. “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

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

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

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

65. “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

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

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

68. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

79. “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

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

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

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

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

85. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

97. “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

98. “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

99. “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

100. “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

101. “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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102. “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

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

104. “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

105. “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

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

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

108. “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

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

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

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

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112. “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

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

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

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

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

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

118. “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

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

120. “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

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

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

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

124. “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

125. “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

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

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

128. “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

129. “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

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