Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . . ― C.S. Lewis
and You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. ― C.S. Lewis
Really Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. ― C.S. Lewis
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. ― C.S. Lewis
Lewis, in full Clive Staples Lewis, (born November 29, 1898, Belfast, Ireland [now in Northern Ireland]—died November 22, 1963, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England), Irish-born scholar, novelist, and author of about 40 books, many of them on Christian apologetics, including The Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity.
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1. Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably. ― C.S. Lewis
2. I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. ― C.S. Lewis
3. 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 safely 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. ― C.S. Lewis
4. 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. ― C.S. Lewis
5. There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. ― C.S. Lewis
6. Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house.
At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing.
He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on;
you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised.
But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense.
What on earth is He up to?
The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of , throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards.
You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace.
He intends to come and live in it Himself. ― C.S. Lewis
7. 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
8. 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. ― C.S. Lewis
9. He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less. ― C.S. Lewis
10. I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silent hurt more. ― C.S. Lewis
11. What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it. ― C.S. Lewis
12. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts. ― C.S. Lewis
13. Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves.
To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence.
And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms.
Young things ought to want to grow.
But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being an adult is a mark of really arrested development.
When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so.
Now that I am fifty I read them openly.
When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. ― C.S. Lewis
14. Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. ― C.S. Lewis
15. What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are. ― C.S. Lewis
16. 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. ― C.S. Lewis
17. Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it.
It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. ― C.S. Lewis
18. There are no ordinary people.
You have never talked to a mere mortal.
Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations, these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.
But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit, immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.
This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play.
But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind)
which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously, no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. ― C.S. Lewis
19. True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less. ― C.S. Lewis
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20. 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
21. And out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we call human history, money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery, the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. ― C.S. Lewis