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Favorite CS Lewis Quotes

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

–C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

“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.”

–C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“[Pain] removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul.”

–C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“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.”

–C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“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, Mere Christianity

“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, Mere Christianity

“Though I do not believe that my desire for Paradise proves that I shall enjoy it, I think it a pretty good indication that such a thing exists and that some men will.”

–C.S. Lewis, Transposition and Other addresses

“A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere–‘Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,’ as Herbert says, ‘fine nets and stratagems.’ God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.”

–C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy

“Thus, and not otherwise, the world was made. Either something or nothing must depend on individual choices.”

–C.S. Lewis, Perelandra

“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, Mere Christianity

“When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.”

–C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.”

–C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms

“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.”

–C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

“The difference [God’s] timelessness makes is that this now (which slips away from you even as you say the word now) is for Him infinite.”

–C.S. Lewis, Letters (1 August 1949)

“Though we cannot experience our life as an endless present, we are eternal in God’s eyes; that is, in our deepest reality.”

–C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm

“‘Something of God…flows into us from the blue of the sky, the taste of honey, the delicious embrace of water whether cold or hot, and even from sleep itself.'”

–C.S. Lewis, ‘Scraps’, St. James’ Magazine

 

“And then she understood the devilish cunning of the enemies’ plan. By mixing a little truth with it they had made their lie far stronger.”

–C.S. Lewis, The Last Battle

“All that we call human history–money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery–[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”

–C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“[The natural life] knows that if the spiritual life gets hold of it, all its self-centredness and self-will are going to be killed and it is ready to fight tooth and nail to avoid that.”

–C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“The dangers of apparent self-sufficiency explain why Our Lord regards the vices of the feckless and dissipated so much more leniently than the vices that lead to worldly success.”

–C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

“Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in that danger.”

–C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain (200)

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  1. July 11, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Thanks for this great list. I, in fact just blogged about his quote:

    “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
    C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

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