C.S. Lewis

«When we carry out our "religious duties" we are like people digging channels in a waterless land, in order that when at last water comes, it may find them ready.»

C.S. Lewis


«A clever schoolboy's reaction to his reading is most naturally expressed by parody or imitation.»

C.S. Lewis


«When Catholicism goes bad it becomes the world-old, world-wide religio of amulets and holy places and priestcraft: Protestantism, in its corresponding decay, becomes a vague mist of ethical platitudes. Catholicism is accused of being much too like the other religions; Protestantism of being insufficiently like a religion at all. Hence Plato, with his transcendent Forms, is the doctor of Protestants; Aristotle, with his immanent Forms, the doctor of Catholics.»

C.S. Lewis


«I had forgotten that you are only a common boy. How should you understand reasons of the State? You must learn, child, that what would be wrong for you or for any of the common people is not wrong in a great Queen such as I. The weight of the world is on our shoulders. We must be freed from all rules. Ours is a high and lonely destiny.»

C.S. Lewis


«Man is to be understood only in his relation to God.»

C.S. Lewis


«When two people achieve lasting happiness, this is not solely because they are great lovers but because they are also—I must put it crudely—good people; controlled, loyal, fair-minded, mutually adaptable people.»

C.S. Lewis


«I believe that I am mad," said Vertue presently. "The world cannot be as it seems to be. If there is something to go to, it is a bribe, and I cannot go to it: if I can go then there is nothing to go to."»

C.S. Lewis


«I have come," said a deep voice behind them. They turned and saw the Lion himself, so bright and real and strong that everything else began at once to look pale and shadowy compared with him.»

C.S. Lewis


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

C.S. Lewis


«In our world," said Eustace, "a star is a huge ball of flaming gas."»

C.S. Lewis


«Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith. I don't agree at all. They are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the Passion of Christ»

C.S. Lewis


«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.»

C.S. Lewis


«We have trained them to think of the Future as a promised land which favored heroes attain-not as something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.»

C.S. Lewis


«Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.»

C.S. Lewis


«I have received no assurance that anything we can do will eradicate suffering. I think the best results are obtained by people who work quietly away at limited objectives, such as the abolition of the slave trade, or prison reform, or factory acts, or tuberculosis, not by those who think they can achieve universal justice, or health, or peace. I think the art of life consists in tackling each immediate evil as well as we can.»

C.S. Lewis


«You must make your choice: either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.»

C.S. Lewis


«You cannot be kind unless you have all the other virtues.»

C.S. Lewis


«Friendship is the happiest and most fully human of all loves, the crown of life.»

C.S. Lewis


«If Christian teachers wish to recall Christian people to domesticity the first necessity is to stop telling lies about home life and to substitute realistic teaching.»

C.S. Lewis


«Was joy created always to live under that threat? Always defenseless to those who would rather be miserable than have their self will be crossed? Can you really have thought that love and joy would always be at the mercy of frowns and sighs?»

C.S. Lewis


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

C.S. Lewis


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

C.S. Lewis


«In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that-and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison-you do not know God at all.»

C.S. Lewis


«A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered.»

C.S. Lewis


«There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there's never more than one.»

C.S. Lewis


«You will remember how, as a schoolboy, I had destroyed my religious life by a vicious subjectivism which made 'realizations' the aim of prayer; turning away from God to seek states of mind, and trying to produce those states of mind by 'maistry'.»

C.S. Lewis


«Like all philosophers, Aristotle gives words the definitions which will be most useful for his own purpose»

C.S. Lewis


«The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one!»

C.S. Lewis


«When all that says 'it is good' has been debunked, what says 'I want' remains. (...) The Conditioners, therefore, must come to be motivated simply by their own pleasure. (...) My point is that those who stand outside all judgements of value cannot have any ground for preferring one of their own impulses to another except the emotional strength of that impulse. (...) I am very doubtful myself whether the benevolent impulses, stripped of that preference and encouragement which the»

C.S. Lewis


«Once very near the end I said, 'If you can -- if it is allowed -- come to me when I too am on my death bed.' 'Allowed!' she said. 'Heaven would have a job to hold me; and as for Hell, I'd break it into bits.»

C.S. Lewis