C. S. Lewis Quotes

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

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

All get what they want; they do not always like it.

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

We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.

Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.

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

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

If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.

You can make anything by writing.

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.

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

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.

It’s so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.

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.

A pleasure is not fully grown until it is remembered.

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.

To love at all is to be vulnerable.

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

I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.

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.

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

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.

The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.

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.

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

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

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

Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.

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.

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

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

Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.

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

We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.

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

Joy is the serious business of heaven.

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.

Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.

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

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