All these are from Into the Wardrobe,
a site which among other things has daily C.S. Lewis quotes. This is here so that I can read them from uni as well as home and for copyright purposes should probably not be read by anyone.


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"More and more clearly one sees how much of one's philosophy and religion are mere talk: the boldest hope is that concealed somewhere within it there is some seed however small of the real thing."
Reflections on the Psalms

"Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels he is 'finding his place in it,' while really it is finding its place in him."
Screwtape Letters

"Love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people."
Mere Christianity

"A man can't be taken to hell, or sent to hell: you can only get there on your own steam."
The Dark Tower

"I will not tell you how long or short the way will be; only that it lies across a river. But do not fear that, for I am the great Bridge Builder."
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

"I have never helped to organize youth, and when I was young myself I successfully avoided being organized."
Christian Apologetics

"Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important."
Mere Christianity

"The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather [for the devil]."
The Screwtape Letters

"Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak."
The Weight of Glory

"The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all the other kinds of union which were intended to go along with it and make up the total union. The Christian attitude does not mean there is anything wrong about sexual pleasure, any more than about the pleasure of eating. It means that you must not isolate that pleasue and try to get it by itself, any more than you ought to try to get the pleasure of taste without swallowing and digesting, by chewing things and spitting them out."
Mere Christianity

"What do people mean when they say 'I am not afraid of God because he is good?' Have they never been to a dentist?"
A Grief Observed

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to 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...The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers of and perturbations of love is Hell."
The Four Loves

"...hitherto you have experienced truth only with abstract intellect. I will bring you where you can taste it like honey and be embraced by it as by a bridegroom."
The Great Divorce

"Then the new earth and sky, the same yet not the same as these, will rise in us as we have risen in Christ. And once again, after who knows what aeons of the silence and the dark, the birds will sing out and the waters flow, and lights and shadows move across the hills and the faces of our friends laugh upon us with amazed recognition."
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

"I have always had a kind of longing for death...No, no, no, you don't understand. Not that kind of longing. It was when I was happiest that I longed most."
Till We Have Faces

"The Future...something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixtey minutes an hour, whatever he does whoever he is."
The Screwtape Letters

"About the general connection between Christianity and politics, our position is more delicate. Certainly we do not want men to allow their Christianity to flow over into their political life, for the establishment of anything like a really just society would be a major disaster."
The Screwtape Letters

"Make your choice, adventurous stranger, strike the bell and bide the danger, or wonder 'till it drives you mad, what would have happened if you had."
The Magician's Nephew

"Pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense."
Mere Christianity

"Love ceases to be a demon only when he ceases to be a god; which of course can be re-stated in the form 'begins to be a demon the moment he begins to be a god.' This balance seems to me an indispensable safeguard. If we ignore it, the truth that God is love may slyly come to mean for us the converse, that love is God."
The Four Loves

"Keep clear of psychiatrists unless you know that they are also Christians. Otherwise they start with the assumption that your religion is an illusion and try to `cure' it: and this assumption they make not as professional psychologists but as amateur philosophers."
Letters of C. S. Lewis

"Every tide has an ebb save the tide of graces."
Irish quote (not Lewis)

"'The term is over, the holidays have begun. The dream is ended, this is the morning.'
And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on earth has read, which goes on forever in which every chapter is better than the one before."
The Last Battle

"The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it."
The Abolition of Man

"God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew them already. It was I who didn't."
A Grief Observed

"If we take the imagery of Scripture seriously, if we believe that God will one day give us the Morning Star and cause us to put on the splendour of the sun, then we may surmise that both the ancient myths and the modern poetry, so false as history, may be very near the truth as prophecy...We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so."
The Weight of Glory

"Always remember that poverty and every other ill, lovingly accepted, has all the spiritual value of voluntary poverty or penance."
Letters to an American Lady

"In the darkness, something had finally happened. A voice had begun to sing."
The Magician's Nephew

"Virtue - even attempted virtue - brings light; indulgence brings fog"
Mere Christianity

"If the thing (incarnation) happened, it was the central event in the history of the Earth"
Miracles

"There is no reason why a man on a smooth road should lose his balance on a bicycle; but he could."
Perelandra

"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."
Is Theology Poetry? in Christian Reflections

"Sometimes Lord, one is tempted to say that if you wanted us to behave like lilies of the field you might have given us an organization more like theirs. But that, I suppose, is just your grand experiment. Or no; not an experiment, for you have no need to find things out. Rather your grand enterprise. To make an organism which is also a spirit; to make that terrible oxymoron, a 'spiritual animal.' To take a poor primate, a beast with nerve-endings all over it, a creature with a stomach that wants to be filled, a breeding animal that wants to mate, and say, 'Now get on with it. Become a god.'"
A Grief Observed

"There have been men before now who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God Himself...as if the good Lord had nothing to do but exist! There have been some who were so occupied in spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ. Man! Ye see it in smaller matters. Did ye never know a lover of books that with all his first editions and signed copies had lost the power to read them? Or an organiser of charities that had lost all love for the poor? It is the subtlest of all the snares."
The Great Divorce

"In a circle of true Friends each man is simply what he is: stands for nothing but himself. No one cares twopence about any one else's family, profession, class, income, race, or previous history...That is the kingliness of Friendship. We meet like sovereign princes of independent states, abroad, on neutral ground, freed from our contexts."
The Four Loves

"Stagnation, my dear boy, what is more soul destroying than stagnation?"
The Great Divorce

"Moral rules are directions for running the human machine. Every moral rule is there to prevent a breakdown, or a strain, or a friction, in the running of that machine."
Mere Christianity

"Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it already."
The Great Divorce

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

"There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks at Him and bad when it turns away from Him. And the higher and mightier it is in the natural order, the more demonic it will be if it rebels. It's not out of bad mice or bad fleas you make demons, but out of bad archangels."
The Great Divorce

"One mustn't make the Christian life into a punctilious system of law...Nothing gives one a more spuriously good conscience that keeping rules, even if there has been a total absence of all real charity and faith."
Letters to an American Lady

"The Scotch catechism says that man's chief end is 'to glorify God and enjoy him forever.' But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him."
Reflections on the Psalms

"Not only this valley [in Heaven] but all this earthly past will have been Heaven to those who are saved. Not only [Hell] but all their life on earth too, will then be seen by the damned to have been Hell. That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, 'No future bliss can make up for it,' not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory. [Others take pleasure in sin], little dreaming how damnation will spread back and back into their past and contaminate the pleasure of the sins...What happens to [the Saved] is best described as the opposite of a mirage. What seemed, when they entered it, to be the vale of misery turns out, when they look back, to have been a well; and where present experience saw only salt deserts memory truthfully records that the pools were full of water."
The Great Divorce

"We should mind humiliation less if we were humbler."
Letters to an American Lady

[On "sensitive" people who are "easily hurt":] "Vanity is usually the real trouble."
Letters to an American Lady

"If Christianity was something we were making up, of course we could make it easier. But it is not. We cannot compete, in simplicity with people who are inventing religions. How could we? We are dealing with Fact. Of course anyone can be simple if he has no facts to bother about."
Mere Christianity

"The world of dogmatic Christianity is a place in which thousands of people of quite different types keep on saying the same thing, and the world of 'broad-mindedness' and watered down 'religion' is a world where a small number of people (all of the same type) say totally different things and change their minds every few minutes. We shall never get re-union with them."
God in the Dock

"The horror of the Same Old Thing is one of the most valuable passions we have produced in the human heart -- an endless source of heresies in religion, folly in counsel, infidelity in marriage and inconstancy in friendship."
The Screwtape Letters

"How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing (and perhaps, like you, I have met it only once) it is irresistible."
Letters to an American Lady

"The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God."
Mere Christianity

"...if one is nervous there's nothing like having your face toward the danger and having something warm and solid at your back."
The Horse and His Boy

"If we do not believe in decent behaviour, why should we be so anxious to make excuses for not having behaved decently?"
Mere Christianity

"As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you."
Mere Christianity

"We treat God as the police treat a man when he is arrested; whatever he does will be used in evidence against him."
God in the Dock

"The earth and stars and sun, all that was or will be, existed for his sake. And he was coming. The most dreadful, the most beautiful, the only dread and beauty there is, was coming."
Till We Have Faces

"All the scriptural imagery (harps, crowns, gold, etc.) is, of course, a merely symbolical attempt to express the inexpressible...People who take these symbols literally might as well think that when Christ told us to be like doves, he meant that we were to lay eggs."
Mere Christianity

"I can promise you none of these things. No sphere of usefulness: you are not needed there at all. No scope for your talents: only forgiveness for having perverted them. No atmosphere of inquiry, for I will bring you not to the land of questions but of answers, and you shall see the face of God"
The Great Divorce

"But the Witch looked as if, in a way, she understood the music better than any of them. Her mouth was shut, her lips were pressed together, and her fists were clenched. Ever since the song began she had felt that this whole world was filled with a Magic different from hers and stronger. She hated it."
The Magician's Nephew

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