Quotes By C.S. Lewis

“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.”

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“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.”

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“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

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“Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning…”

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

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“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

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

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“God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.”

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

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“I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”

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

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“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”

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“He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.”

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“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”

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

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

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“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.”

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“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.”

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“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. 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.”

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

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