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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"[The Devil] always sends errors into the world in pairs - pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worse. You see why, of course? He relies on your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them."
Mere Christianity

"Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good."
The Weight of Glory

"It is quite useless knocking at the door of heaven for earthly comfort; it's not the sort of comfort they supply there."
Letters of C. S. Lewis

"There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion ('man's search for God') suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us?"
Miracles

"For believers there are no questions, and for unbelievers there are no answers."
source unknown

"When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy."
The Problem of Pain

"An open mind, in questions that are not ultimate, is useful. But an open mind about ultimate foundations either of Theoretical or Practical Reason is idiocy. If a man's mind is open on these things, let his mouth at least be shut."
C.S. Lewis, Abolition of Man

"Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably
half the questions we ask--half our great theological and metaphysical problems-are like that.
A Grief Observed

"The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us."
Mere Christianity

"There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisation - 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 splendours."
The Weight of Glory

Beloved, said the Glorious One, unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek."
The Last Battle

"Evil comes from the abuse of free will."
The Problem of Pain

"To please God...to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness...to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son--it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory which our thoughts can hardly sustain. But so it is."
The Weight of Glory

"Wouldn't it be dreadful if some day in our own world, at home, men started going wild inside, like the animals here, and still looked like men, so that you'd never know which were which."
Prince Caspian

"The possibility of pain is inherent in the very existence of a world where souls can meet. When souls
become wicked they will certainly use this possibility to hurt one another; and this, perhaps, accounts
for four-fifths of the sufferings of men."
The Problem of Pain

"The scratches on your back, tear for tear, throb for throb, blood for blood, were equal to the stripes laid on the back of your stepmother's slave because of the drugged sleep you cast upon her. You needed to know what it felt like."
The Horse and His Boy

"Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst. Of all created beings the wickedest is one who originally stood in the immediate presence of God."
Reflections On The Psalms

"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. And of some sinful pleasure they say 'Let me but have this and I'll take the consequences' little dreaming how damnation will spread back and back into their past and contaminate the pleasure of the sin."
The Great Divorce

"When I lay these questions before God, I get no answer. But a rather special sort of 'no answer.' It is not the locked door. It is more like a silent, certainly not uncompassionate gaze. As though he shook his head not in refusal but in waiving the question. Like, 'Peace, child; you do not understand.'"
A Grief Observed

"A theology which denies the historicity of nearly everything in the Gospels to which Christian life and affections and thought have been fastened for nearly two millennia - which either denies the miraculous altogether or, more strangely, after swallowing the camel of the Resurrection strains as such gnats as the feeding of the multitudes - if offered to the uneducated man can produce only one or other of two effects. It will make him a Roman Catholic or an atheist."
Fern Seed and Elephants

"'Now, sons of Adam, draw your swords,' said Aslan.
'But use only the flat, for these are cowards and children, not warriors, against whom I send you.'"
Silver Chair

"'Well, Sir, if things are real, they're there all the time.'
'Are they?' said the Professor."
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

"Be not deceived, Wormwood, our cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human, no longer desiring but still intending to do Our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe in which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys."
Screwtape letters

"...I cannot quite understand why a man should wish to know more people than he can make real friends of."
Surprised by Joy

"I am trying here to prevent anyone from 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 patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to."
Mere Christianity

"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

"Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things- trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one...I'm going to stand by the play world. I'm on Aslan's side even if there is no Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia."
Puddleglum the Marshwiggle, from The Silver Chair

"Everyone begins as a child by liking Weather. You learn the art of disliking it as you grow up. Haven't you ever noticed it on a snowy day? The grown-ups are all going about with long faces, but look at the children - and the dogs? THEY know what the snow's made for."
That Hideous Strength

"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

"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."
Mere Christianity

"Hence, nearly all vices are rooted in the future. Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present;
fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead."
The Screwtape Letters

"It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work
is done by keeping things out."
The Screwtape Letters

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.... (but) 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

"The great thing with unhappy times is to take them bit by bit, hour by hour, like an illness. It is seldom the present, the exact present, that is unbearable."
Letters to an American Lady

"A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery."
The Abolition of Man

"Ye cannot fully understand the relations of choice and Time till you are beyond both."
The Great Divorce

"Human beings can't make one another really happy for long."
The Great Divorce

"When He said, 'be perfect', He meant it. He meant that we must go in for the full treatment. It is hard; but the sort of compromise we are all hankering after is harder - in fact, it is impossible."
Mere Christianity

"Some will not be redeemed. There is no doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than this if it lay in my power. But it has the full support of Scripture and, specially, of Our Lord's own words; it has always been held by Christendom; and it has the support of reason. If a game is played, it must be possible to lose it. If the happiness of a creature lies in self-surrender, no one can make that surrender but himself... and he may refuse."
The Problem of Pain

"You and I who still enjoy fairy tales have less reason to wish actual childhood back. We have kept its pleasures and added some grown-up ones as well."
Letters to an American Lady

"Christ did not teach and suffer that we might become, even in the natural loves, more careful of our own happiness. If a man is not uncalculating towards the earthly beloveds whom he has seen, he is none the more likely to be so towards God whom he has not. We shall draw neared to God, not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in all loves, but by accpeting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armour."
The Four Loves

"The Christian story is precisely the story of one grand miracle, the Christian assertion being that what is beyond all space and time, that which is uncreated and eternal, came into nature, into human nature, descended into His own universe, and rose again, bringing nature up with Him. It is precisely one great miracle. If you take that away there is nothing specifically Christian left."
God in the Dock, The Grand Miracle

"Safe? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

"Try to understand exactly what loving your neighbor as yourself means. I have to love him as I love myself. Well, how exactly do I love myself? Now that I come to think of it, I have not exactly got a feeling of fondness or affection for myself, and I do not even always enjoy my own society. So apparently 'Love your neighbour' does not mean 'feel fond of him' or 'find him attractive'... That is an enormous relief."
Mere Christianity

"Joy is the serious business of heaven."
Mere Christianity

"...the human soul was made to enjoy some object that is never fully given--nay, cannot even be imagined as given--in our present mode of spatiotemporal experience. This desire was, in the soul, as the Seige Perilous in Aruthur's castle, the chair in which only one could sit. And if nature makes nothing in vain, the One who sits in the chair must exist."
The Pilgrim's Regress

"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and godesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship...There are no ordinary people."
The Weight of Glory and other addresses

"Even in this world, of course, it is the stupidist children who are most childest and the stupidist grown-ups who are most grown-up."
The Silver Chair

"I am rather sick of the modern assumption that, for all events, 'We', the people, are never responsible: it is always our rulers, or ancestors, or parents, or education, or anybody but precious 'US'."
Letters to an American Lady

"The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life-the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one's 'real life' is a phantom of one's own imagination. This at least is what I see at moments of insight: but it's hard to remember it all the time."
The letters of C.S.Lewis to Arthur Greeves

"There are a dozen views about everything until you know the answer. Then there's never more than one."
That Hideous Strength

"If you think of this world as a place simply intended for our happiness, you find it quiet intolerable: think of it as a place for training and correction and it's not so bad."
God in the Dock

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