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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"Death opens a door out of a little, dark room (that's all the life we have known before it) into a great, real place where the true sun shines and we shall meet."
Till We Have Faces

"Natural loves can hope for eternity only in so far as they have allowed themselves to be taken into the eternity of charity; have at least allowed the process to begin here on earth, before the night comes when no man can work. And the process will always involve a kind of death. There is no escape."
The Four Loves

"Perhaps in the soul, as in the soil, those growths that show the brightest colours and put forth the most overpowering smell have not always the deepest root."
Till We Have Faces

"If we neglect our duty, men will be not only contented but transported by the mixed novelty and familiarity of snowdrops this January, sunrises this morning, plum pudding this Christmas. ... Only by our incessant efforts is the demand for infinite, or unrhythmical, change kept up."
The Screwtape Letters

"But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him."
Mere Christianity

"The world might stop in ten minutes; meanwhile, we are to go on doing our duty. The great thing is to be found at one's post as a child of God, living each day as though it were our last, but planning as though our world might last a hundred years."
God In The Dock

"Why don't they teach logic at these schools? There are only three possibilities. Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn't lie and it is obvious she is not mad. For the moment then and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth."
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

"I have met no people who fully disbelieved in Hell and also had a living and life-giving belief in Heaven."
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

"I imagine that those who think at all have done most of their thinking before reaching fourteen."
Surprised by Joy

"Human beings judge one another by their external actions. God judges them by their moral choices...Some of us who seem quite nice people may, in fact, have made so little use of a good heredity and a good upbringing that we are really worse than those whom we regard as fiends."
Mere Christianity

"It costs God nothing, so far as we know, to create nice things: but to convert rebellious wills cost Him crucifixion."
Mere Christianity

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

"I think every one who has some vague belief in God, until he becomes a Christian, has the idea of an exam, or of a bargain in his mind. The first result of real Christianity is to blow that idea into bits."
Mere Christianity

"In the Trinity Term I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape?"
Surprised by Joy

"It may be possible for each to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbour. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbour's glory should be laid on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken."
The Weight of Glory

"When He died in the Wounded World He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less. Each thing, from the single grain of Dust to the strongest eldil, is the end and the final cause of all creation and the mirror in which the beam of His brightness comes to rest and so returns to Him. Blessed be He!"
Perelandra

"There is nothing progressive about being pigheaded and refusing to admit a mistake."
Mere Christianity

"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end. If you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth -- only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair."
Mere Christianity

"It will not bother me in the hour of death that I have been 'had for a sucker' by any number of imposters; but it would be a torment to know that one had refused even one person in need."
Letters To An American Lady

"...that is very like the problem of all of us: to dress our souls not for the electric lights of the present world but for the daylight of the next. The good dress is the one that will face that light. For that light will last longer."
The World's Last Night and Other Essays

"Never forget that we are all still "the early Christians." The present wicked and wasteful divisions between us are, let us hope, a disease of infancy; we are still teething."
Mere Christianity

"One road leads home and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness."
The Pilgrim's Regress

"For the Church has no beauty but what the Bride-groom gives her; he does not find, but makes her, lovely."
The Four Loves

"I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal to Him."
The Letters of C. S. Lewis

"We shall be true and everlasting and really divine persons only in Heaven, just as we are, even now, coloured bodies only in the light."
The Weight of Glory

"All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be."
The Screwtape Letters

"'Welcome, child,' he said.
'Aslan,' said Lucy, 'you're bigger.'
'That is because you are older, little one,' answered he.
'Not because you are?'
'I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.'"
Prince Caspian

"Remember that all worlds come to an end and that noble death is a treasure no one is too poor to buy."
The Last Battle

"The first step toward humility is to realise that one is proud."
Mere Christianity

"Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man...It is the comparison that makes you proud; the pleasure of being above the rest."
Mere Christianity

"All these fasts and vigils and stakes and crosses are only a facade. Or only like foam on the sea shore."
The Screwtape Letters

"We want in fact not so much a father in Heaven as a grandfather in heaven - a senile benevolence who as they say 'liked to see young people enjoying themselves.'"
The Problem of Pain

"Aim at Heaven and you will get earth 'thrown in': aim at earth and you will get neither."
Mere Christianity

"But that would be putting the clock back," gasped the governor. "Have you no idea of progress, of development?"
Voyage of the Dawn Treader

"Humans are amphibians - half spirit and half animal...As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time."
The Screwtape Letters

"The proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs our gift."
The Four Loves

"There is a difficulty about disagreeing with God. He is the source from which all your reasoning power comes: you could not be right and He wrong any more than a stream can rise higher than its own source. When you are arguing against Him, you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on."
Mere Christianity

"When you have reached your own room, be kind to those who have chosen different doors and to those who are still in the hall. If they are wrong, they need your prayers all the more, and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them. That is one of the rules common to the whole house."
Mere Christianity

"Forgiving and being forgiven are two names for the same thing."
Letters to Malcolm

"A recovery of the old sense of sin is essential to Christianity. Christ takes it for granted that men are bad. Until we really feel this assumption of His to be true, though we are part of the world He came to save, we are not part of the audience to whom His words are addressed."
The Problem of Pain

"We have seen only one [perfect] man. And he was not at all like the psychologist's picture of the
integrated, balanced, adjusted, happily married, employed popular citizen. You can't really be very well 'adjusted' to your world if it says you have a devil and ends by nailing you up naked to a stake of
wood."
The Four Loves

"[People] are told they ought to love God. They cannot find any such feeling in themselves. What are they to do? The answer is the same as before. Act as if you did. Do not sit trying to manufacture feelings. Ask yourself, 'If I were sure that I loved God, what would I do?' When you have found the answer, go and do it."
Mere Christianity

"This world is a great sculptor's shop. We are the statues and there is a rumour around the shop that some of us are some day going to come to life."
Mere Christianity

"We're free Narnians, Hwin and I, and I suppose, if you're running away to Narnia, you want to be one too. In that case Hwin isn't your horse any longer. One might just as well say you're her human."
The Horse and his Boy

"Everyone there (heaven) is filled with what we should call goodness as a mirror is filled with light. But they do not call it goodness. They do not call it anything. They are not thinking of it. They are too busy looking a t the source from which it comes."
Mere Christianity

"I know now God why you utter No Answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?"
Till We Have Faces

"Perhaps, for many of us, all experience merely defines, so to speak, the shape of that gap where our love of God ought to be. It is not enough. It is something. If we cannot 'practice the presence' of God, it is something to practice the absence of God, to be come increasing aware of our unawareness till we feel like men who should stand beside a great cataract and hear no noise, or like a man in a story who looks in a mirror and finds no face there, or a man in a dream who stretches out his hand to visible objects and gets no sensation of touch. To know that one is dreaming is to be no longer perfectly asleep."
The Four Loves

"One of the great difficulties is to keep before the audience's mind the question of Truth. They always think you are recommending Christianity not because it is true but because it is good...You have to keep forcing them back, and again back, to the real point."
God in the Dock

"One mustn't make the Christian life into a punctilious system of law, like the Jewish [for] two reason: (1) It raises scruples when we don't keep the routine; and (2) It raises presumption when we do. Nothing gives one a more spuriously good conscience than keeping rules, even if there has been a total absence of all real charity and faith."
Letters To An American Lady

"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end 'Thy will be done.'
All that are in Hell, choose it."
The Great Divorce

"'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan.
'And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor in earth. Be content.'"
Prince Caspian

"I believe, to be sure, that any man who reaches Heaven will find that what he abandoned (even in plucking out his right eye) was precisely nothing: that the kernel of what he was really seeking even in his most depraved wishes will be there, beyond expectation, waiting for him in "the High Countries."
preface to The Great Divorce

"There is no use in talking as if forgiveness were easy. We all know the old joke, 'You've given up smoking once; I've given it up a dozen times.' In the same way I could say of a certain man, 'Have I forgiven him for what he did that day? I've forgiven him more times than I can count.' For we find that the work of forgiveness has to be done over and over again."
Reflections on the Psalms

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