C. S. Lewis quotes

Born
November 29, 1898, Belfast, Ireland.

Died
November 22, 1963.

Occupation
Novelist.

Clive Staples Lewis was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. He held academic positions at both Oxford University.

The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
– C. S. Lewis

With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.
– C. S. Lewis

I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
– C. S. Lewis

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons.
– C. S. Lewis

Nothing is more dangerous to one’s own faith than the work of an apologist. No doctrine of that faith seems to me so spectral, so unreal as one that I have just successfully defended in a public debate.
– C. S. Lewis

Let’s pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.
– C. S. Lewis

There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.
– C. S. Lewis

I’m tall, fat, rather bald, red-faced, double-chinned, black-haired, have a deep voice, and wear glasses for reading.
– C. S. Lewis

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

The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.
– C. S. Lewis

We are what we believe we are.
– C. S. Lewis

An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
– C. S. Lewis

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
– C. S. Lewis

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
– C. S. Lewis

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.
– C. S. Lewis

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

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

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.’
– C. S. Lewis

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
– C. S. Lewis

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.
– C. S. Lewis

Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.
– C. S. Lewis

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
– C. S. Lewis

Joy is the serious business of Heaven.
– C. S. Lewis

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey ‘people.’ People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war… Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.
– C. S. Lewis

I think that all things, in their way, reflect heavenly truth, the imagination not least.
– C. S. Lewis

Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.
– C. S. Lewis

When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you’d been the only man in the world.
– C. S. Lewis

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.
– C. S. Lewis

Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ, and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.
– C. S. Lewis

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

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.
– C. S. Lewis

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.
– C. S. Lewis

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

Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentence couldn’t mean anything else.
– C. S. Lewis

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.
– C. S. Lewis

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.
– C. S. Lewis

Real joy seems to me almost as unlike security or prosperity as it is unlike agony.
– C. S. Lewis

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

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

Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.
– C. S. Lewis

Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare.
– C. S. Lewis

Writing is like a ‘lust,’ or like ‘scratching when you itch.’ Writing comes as a result of a very strong impulse, and when it does come, I, for one, must get it out.
– C. S. Lewis

Satan, the leader or dictator of devils, is the opposite, not of God, but of Michael.
– C. S. Lewis

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
– C. S. Lewis

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
– C. S. Lewis

‘Good English’ is whatever educated people talk; so that what is good in one place or time would not be so in another.
– C. S. Lewis

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
– C. S. Lewis

How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.
– C. S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
– C. S. Lewis

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

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
– C. S. Lewis

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
– C. S. Lewis

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
– C. S. Lewis

The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil.
– C. S. Lewis

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.
– C. S. Lewis

We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.
– C. S. Lewis