C.S. Lewis Quotes

Clive Staples Lewis was a British writer and lay theologian. He held academic positions in English literature at both Oxford University and Cambridge University.

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

We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to.
– C.S. Lewis

A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered.
– C.S. Lewis

When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.
– 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

The claim to equality, outside of the strictly political field, is made only by those who feel themselves to be in some way inferior.
– C.S. Lewis

What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what sort of person you are.
– C.S. Lewis

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

Our prayers for others flow more easily than those for ourselves. This shows we are made to live by charity.
– C.S. Lewis

God whispers in our pleasures, but shouts in our pain.
– C.S. Lewis

We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.
– C.S. Lewis

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

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.
– C.S. Lewis

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

Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.
– C.S. Lewis

Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.
– C.S. Lewis

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
– C. S. Lewis

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

Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is.
– C.S. Lewis

You can’t know, you can only believe – or not.
– C.S. Lewis

The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.
– C.S. Lewis

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

Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.
– C.S. Lewis

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

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

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.
– 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

No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.
– C.S. Lewis

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.
– C.S. Lewis

You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
– C.S. Lewis

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