C S Lewis Quotes and Thoughts
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3 propositions 1-He will certainly return. 2-We can’t possibly find out when. 3-We must always be ready for him.
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.
A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.
A Christian is not a man who never goes wrong, but a man who is enabled to repent.
A cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to Hell than a prostitute.
A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking.
A little lie is like a little pregnancy: it doesn’t take long before everyone knows.
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.
A man does not call a line crooked, unless he has some idea of a straight line
A man is never so proud as when striking an attitude of humility
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.
A miracle is when God does something that wouldn’t happen if He didn’t do it.
A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all–and more amusing.
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.
A serious attempt to repent and really to know one’s own sins is a lightening and relieving process.
A sign of a culture that has lost its faith – Moral collapse follows upon spiritual collapse
A society in which conjugal infidelity is tolerated must always be in the long run a society adverse to women.
Adherents of Xmas are exhausted and overextended but Christmas worshipers are joyful. Are you rushing or feasting?
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
After each failure ask forgiveness and try again. Often what God helps us towards is the power of trying again.
Agnostics talk cheerfully of man’s search for God but they might as well talk about the mouse’s search for the cat.
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
All God does in the end is give people what they most want, including freedom from Himself. What could be more fair.
All joy emphasizes our pilgrim status; always reminds, beckons, awakens desire. Our best havings are wantings.
All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.
All that are in Hell, choose it. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find.
All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.
All these toys were never intended to possess my heart, my true good is in another world and my only real treasure is Christ.
Always winter and never Christmas; think of that. said Tumnus. How awful! said Lucy.
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.
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
An old saint, being asked whether it is easy or hard to love God, replied: It is easy to those who do it.
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.
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.
Aristotle said that some people were only fit to be slaves, but I reject slavery because I see no men fit to be masters.
As long as he doesn’t convert it into action, it does not matter how much a man thinks about his repentance.
As the king governs by his executive, so Reason in man must rule the mere appetites by means of the ‘spirited element’.
Ask yourself, ‘If I were sure that I loved God, what would I do?’ When you have found the answer, go and do it.
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.
Authority exercised with humility, and obedience accepted with delight are the very lines along which our spirits live.
Bad people know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.
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
Be Perfect isn’t a command to do the impossible. Christ is going to make us creatures that can obey that command
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
Because Christ never yielded to temptation, He’s the only man who knows to the full what temptation means
Because we love something else more than this world, we love even this world more than those who know no other
Being In Love first moves us to promise fidelity: a quieter love enables us to keep the promise
Besides being complicated, reality, in my experience, is usually odd.
By mixing a little truth with it, they had made their lie far stronger
Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily. All nonsense questions are unanswerable
Certain things, if not seen as lovely or detestable, are not being correctly seen at all
Charity-giving to the poor-is an essential part of Christian morality-
Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues
Christ didn’t die for us because we’re worth dying for, but because He is intrinsically love, and loves infinitely
Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it
Christ died not for men but for each man. If each had been the only man made He would have done no less.
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.
Christ was killed for us. His death has washed out our sins and disabled death itself. That is what has to be believed
Christ works on us through each other. We are mirrors or carriers of Christ to others.
Christian Love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will.
Christianity if false is of no importance and if true is of infinite importance but it can’t be moderately important.
Christianity, if false, is of no importance and, if true, is of infinite importance. The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.
Christianity is not, in the long run, concerned with either individuals or communities, but a new creature.
Christianity is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up. It has a twist about it that real things have.
Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed and is calling us to His great campaign of sabotage.
Christianity seems at first to be about morality, rules, guilt and virtue, yet it leads you out of that, into something beyond.
Christianity was never intended to replace human arts or sciences: it is rather a director which will set them all to the right jobs
Christians are the physical organism through which Christ acts. We are His fingers and muscles, the cells of His body.
Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God because He said so-
Christians do not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.
Continue seeking God with seriousness. Unless He wanted you, you would not be wanting Him
Conversion requires an alteration of the will which does not occur without the intervention of the supernatural
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point
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
Die before you die. There is no chance after-