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A collection of thoughts and quotations by C.S Lewis on love, age, Christianity, books, friendship, religion, faith, forgiveness and God.

100 Awesome Quotes By C.S Lewis, One Of The Most Quoted Authors On Social Media

Quick Facts

Famous As: Novelist

Born On: November 29, 1898

Died On: November 22, 1963

Born In: Belfast

Died At Age: 64

Clive Staples Lewis was an English author, essay writer, poet, literary critic, broadcaster, medievalist, lay theologian, academic, and lecturer renowned for his works such as ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. Lewis started his career as a writer with ‘Spirits in Bondage’ in 1919. In 1933, he published his novel ‘The Pilgrim’s Regress’. Lewis published ‘The Allegory of Love’ in 1936 and ‘Out of the Silent Planet’ in 1938. Lewis published ‘The Problem of Pain’ in 1940 and ‘The Screwtape Letters’ in 1942. In 1943, he published two novels ‘Perelandra’ and ‘The Abolition of Man’. Lewis published ‘A Preface to Paradise Lost’ in 1944 and three books – ‘The Great Divorce’, ‘Prince Caspian’, and ‘The Hideous Strength’. He is distinguished for his fictional-work and also for non-fiction Christian apologetics. On his 50th death anniversary, he was glorified with a memorial in Poets’ Corner. His works, essays, writings, thoughts and sayings have been translated in approximately 30 languages. In 1956, Lewis came up with ‘Till We Have Faces’ and ‘The Last Battle’. He published ‘Reflection on the Psalms’ in 1958. In 1960, Lewis published ‘The Four Loves’, ‘The World’s Last Night’, and ‘Studies in Words’. His thoughts, writings, quotations and sayings are so popular that they are frequently used by people all over. In fact, he is one of the most quoted authors on social media. Here is a collection of thoughts and quotes by C.S Lewis on inspiration, books, reading and friendship.

Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .

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You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.

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Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

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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.

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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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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.

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The Christian does 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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Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.

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Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.

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I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

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Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.

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Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.

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God can't give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.

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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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Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

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It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.

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I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia.

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I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.

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You can make anything by writing.

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The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career.

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

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

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I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.

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No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.

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Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.

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The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.

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Courage, dear heart.

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God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.

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I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?

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Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.

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If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

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Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.

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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.

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True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.

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We meet no ordinary people in our lives.

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A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.

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She's the sort of woman who lives for others - you can tell the others by their hunted expression.

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There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

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That's the worst of girls," said Edmund to Peter and the Dwarf. "They never can carry a map in their heads." "That's because our heads have something inside them," said Lucy.

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Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.

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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.

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Things never happen the same way twice.

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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.

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The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God's love for us does not.

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I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.

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You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.

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It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.

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The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

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You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you," said the Lion.

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I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now...Come further up, come further in!

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

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Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.

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The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.

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As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.

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

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Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.

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Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.

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We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.

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Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.

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Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,...Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.

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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.

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It is a very funny thing that the sleepier you are, the longer you take about getting to bed.

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Make your choice, adventurous Stranger, Strike the bell and bide the danger, Or wonder, till it drives you mad, What would have followed if you had.

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Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.

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There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.

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It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.

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We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.

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Adventures are never fun while you're having them.

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Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.

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If you love deeply, you're going to get hurt badly. But it's still worth it.

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Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.

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But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.

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When you argue against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.

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Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.

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You can't know, you can only believe - or not.

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Do not dare not to dare.

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I was with book, as a woman is with child.

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For you will certainly carry out God's purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.

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Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.

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You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another.

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Nothing is yet in its true form.

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

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I never exactly made a book. It's rather like taking dictation. I was given things to say.

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He's not safe, but he's good (referring to Aslan, the Lion, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)

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Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth 'thrown in': aim at Earth and you will get neither.

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It was when I was happiest that I longed most...The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all the beauty came from.

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Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that's the whole art and joy of words.

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The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.

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The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.

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Oh, Adam’s sons, how cleverly you defend yourselves against all that might do you good!

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Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.

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Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.

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We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

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Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.

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Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.

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