C.S. Lewis

«Redeemed humanity is still young, it has hardly come to its full strength. But already there is joy enough in the little finger of a great saint such as yonder lady to waken all the dead things of the universe into life.»

C.S. Lewis


«Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.»

C.S. Lewis


«You can never be really sure of how much you believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life or death to you.»

C.S. Lewis


«When I was at school one would have said, 'I swear by the Bible.' But Bibles were not encouraged at Experiment House.»

C.S. Lewis


«To the Ancients, Friendship seemed the happiest and most fully human of all loves; the crown of life and the school of virtue. The modern world, in comparison, ignores it.»

C.S. Lewis


«The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and, in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.»

C.S. Lewis


«And (Tirian) called out "Aslan! Aslan! Aslan! Come and help us now."»

C.S. Lewis


«If you love deeply, you're going to get hurt badly. But it's still worth it.»

C.S. Lewis


«The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart.»

C.S. Lewis


«Unless followed by the world 'education',»

C.S. Lewis


«There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient book should be read only by the professionals, and the amateur should content himself with modern books.»

C.S. Lewis


«The student is half afraid to meet one of the great philosophers face to face. He feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew, the great man, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator. The simplest student will be able to understand, if not all, yet a very great deal of what Plato said; but hardly anyone can understand some modern books on Platonism.»

C.S. Lewis


«An almost perfect relationship with his father was the earthly root of all his wisdom. From his own father, he said, he first learned that Fatherhood must be at the core of the universe. [speaking of George MacDonald]»

C.S. Lewis


«People who bore one another should meet seldom; people who interest one another, often.»

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