Popular C. S. Lewis Quotes

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.


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


If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.


No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that ‘In the beginning God made Heaven and Earth’.


When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.


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


I am often, I believe, praying for others when I should be doing things for them. It’s so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see him.


We must lay before him what is in us; not what ought to be in us.


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


There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.’


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!


Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind.


Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.


It’s all love or sex these days. Friendship is almost as quaint and outdated a notion as chastity. Soon friends will be like the elves and the pixies – fabulous mythical creatures from a distant past.


You can make anything by writing.


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


God descends to re-ascend. He comes down; down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity … down to the very roots and sea-bed of the nature He has created. But He goes down to come up again and bring the ruined world up with Him.


To enter heaven is to become more human than you ever succeeded in being on earth; to enter hell is to be banished from humanity. What is cast (or casts itself) into hell is not a man: it is ‘remains.’


Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring two pence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.


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.


Humans are amphibians – half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time.


The present is the only time in which any duty may be done or grace received.


You Too? I thought I was the only one.


Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.


No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.


The very nature of Joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting.


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


You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.


Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it.


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


Imagine yourself as a living house.


Never, never pin your whole faith on any human being: not if he is the best and wisest in the whole world. There are lots of nice things you can do with sand; but do not try building a house on it.


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


I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been – if you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing is ever going to happen again.


When humans should have become as perfect in voluntary obedience as the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they will put on its glory, or rather that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch.


Nature never taught me that there exists a God of glory and of infinite majesty. I had to learn that in other ways. But nature gave the word glory a meaning for me. I still do not know where else I could have found one.