C S Lewis Quotes and Thoughts

Read beautiful Quotations by C. S. Lewis, a novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist from Ireland.
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3 propositions 1 He

3 propositions 1-He will certainly return. 2-We can’t possibly find out when. 3-We must always be ready for him.

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A car is made

A car is made to run on petrol, It won’t run properly on anything else. God designed the human machine to run on Himself.

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A children s story

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.

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A Christian is not

A Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent.

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A cold self righteous

A cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to Hell than a prostitute.

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A continual looking forward

A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking.

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A little lie is

A little lie is like a little pregnancy: it doesn’t take long before everyone knows.

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A man can accept

A man can accept what Christ has done without knowing how it works: indeed, he would not know how it works until he has accepted it.

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A man does not

A man does not call a line crooked, unless he has some idea of a straight line

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A man is never

A man is never so proud as when striking an attitude of humility

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A man who jibbed

A man who jibbed at authority in other things, as some do in religion, would have to be content to know nothing all his life.

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A miracle is when

A miracle is when God does something that wouldn’t happen if He didn’t do it.

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A moderated religion is

A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all–and more amusing.

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A proud man is

A proud man is always looking down on things and people and as long as you’re looking down you can’t see what’s above.

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A serious attempt to

A serious attempt to repent and really to know one’s own sins is a lightening and relieving process.

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A sign of a

A sign of a culture that has lost its faith – Moral collapse follows upon spiritual collapse

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A society in which

A society in which conjugal infidelity is tolerated must always be in the long run a society adverse to women.

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Adherents of Xmas are

Adherents of Xmas are exhausted and overextended but Christmas worshipers are joyful. Are you rushing or feasting?

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Affection is responsible for

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

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After each failure ask

After each failure ask forgiveness and try again. Often what God helps us towards is the power of trying again.

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Agnostics talk cheerfully of

Agnostics talk cheerfully of man’s search for God but they might as well talk about the mouse’s search for the cat.

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Aim at heaven and

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

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All God does in

All God does in the end is give people what they most want, including freedom from Himself. What could be more fair.

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All joy emphasizes our

All joy emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.

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All mortals tend to

All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.

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All that are in

All that are in Hell, choose it. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find.

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All that is not

All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.

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All these toys were

All these toys were never intended to possess my heart, my true good is in another world and my only real treasure is Christ.

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Always winter and never

Always winter and never Christmas; think of that. said Tumnus. How awful! said Lucy.

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Among the mules stubborn

Among the mules (stubborn I as they) – I see my Saviour where I looked for hay-So may my beastlike folly learn at least-the patience of a beast.

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Among the oxen like

Among the oxen (like an ox I’m slow)-I see a glory in the stable grow-Which with the ox’s dullness might at length-give me an ox’s strength

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An old saint being

An old saint, being asked whether it is easy or hard to love God, replied: It is easy to those who do it.

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And Christ because He

And Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is the only man who knows to the full what temptation means.

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Argue against God and

Argue against God and you argue against the power that makes you able to argue at all: you cut off the branch you sit on.

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Aristotle said that some

Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves, but I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.

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As long as he

As long as he doesn’t convert it into action, it does not matter how much a man thinks about his repentance.

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As the king governs

As the king governs by his executive, so Reason in man must rule the mere appetites by means of the ‘spirited element’.

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Ask yourself If I

Ask yourself, ‘If I were sure that I loved God, what would I do?’ When you have found the answer, go and do it.

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Atheism turns out to

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.

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Authority exercised with humility

Authority exercised with humility, and obedience accepted with delight are the very lines along which our spirits live.

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Bad people know very

Bad people know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.

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Be found at one

Be found at one’s post, living each day as though it were our last, but planning as though our world might last 100 years

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Be Perfect isn t

Be Perfect isn’t a command to do the impossible. Christ is going to make us creatures that can obey that command

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Be sure that the

Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you

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Because Christ never yielded

Because Christ never yielded to temptation, He’s the only man who knows to the full what temptation means

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Because we love something

Because we love something else more than this world, we love even this world more than those who know no other

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Being In Love first

Being In Love first moves us to promise fidelity: a quieter love enables us to keep the promise

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Besides being complicated reality

Besides being complicated, reality, in my experience, is usually odd.

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By mixing a little

By mixing a little truth with it, they had made their lie far stronger

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Can a mortal ask

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily. All nonsense questions are unanswerable

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Certain things if not

Certain things, if not seen as lovely or detestable, are not being correctly seen at all

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Charity giving to the

Charity-giving to the poor-is an essential part of Christian morality-

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Chastity is the most

Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues

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Christ didn t die

Christ didn’t die for us because we’re worth dying for, but because He is intrinsically love, and loves infinitely

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Christ died for men

Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it

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Christ died not for

Christ died not for men but for each man. If each had been the only man made He would have done no less.

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Christ says I don

Christ says-I don’t want some of your time and money, I want you. I’ve not come to torment your natural self but to kill it.

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Christ was killed for

Christ was killed for us. His death has washed out our sins and disabled death itself. That is what has to be believed

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Christ works on us

Christ works on us through each other. We are mirrors or carriers of Christ to others.

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Christian Love either towards

Christian Love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will.

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Christianity if false is

Christianity if false is of no importance and if true is of infinite importance but it can’t be moderately important.

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Christianity if false is

Christianity, if false, is of no importance and, if true, is of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.

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Christianity is not in

Christianity is not, in the long run, concerned with either individuals or communities, but a new creature.

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Christianity is not the

Christianity is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has a twist about it that real things have.

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Christianity is the story

Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed and is calling us to His great campaign of sabotage.

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Christianity seems at first

Christianity seems at first to be about morality, rules, guilt and virtue, yet it leads you out of that, into something beyond.

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Christianity was never intended

Christianity was never intended to replace human arts or sciences: it is rather a director which will set them all to the right jobs

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Christians are the physical

Christians are the physical organism through which Christ acts. We are His fingers and muscles, the cells of His body.

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Christians believe that Jesus

Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God because He said so-

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Christians do not think

Christians do not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.

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Continue seeking God with

Continue seeking God with seriousness. Unless He wanted you, you would not be wanting Him

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Conversion requires an alteration

Conversion requires an alteration of the will which does not occur without the intervention of the supernatural

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Courage is not simply

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point

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Democracy demands that little

Democracy demands that little men shouldn’t take big ones too serious-it dies when it’s full of little men who think they are big themselves

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Die before you die

Die before you die. There is no chance after-

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