C. S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963) was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist. He held academic positions at both Oxford University (Magdalen College), 1925–54, and Cambridge University (Magdalene College), 1954–63. He is best known for his fictional work, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy, and for his non-fiction Christian apologetics, such as Mere Christianity, Miracles, and The Problem of Pain. Lewis and fellow novelist J. R. R. Tolkien were close friends. They both served on the English faculty at Oxford University, and were active in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings. According to Lewis' memoir Surprised by Joy, he was baptised in the Church of Ireland, but fell away from his faith during ... More

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C. S. Lewis Quotes

C. S. Lewis #Age #Great

How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.
C. S. Lewis #Change

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis #Courage

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
C. S. Lewis #Education

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
C. S. Lewis #Failure

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
C. S. Lewis #Faith #God

I gave in, and admitted that God was God.
C. S. Lewis #Fear

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
C. S. Lewis #Friendship

Eros will have naked bodies Friendship naked personalities.
C. S. Lewis #God

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
C. S. Lewis #Life #Respect

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 #Religion

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.
C. S. Lewis #Imagination #Truth

Reason is the natural order of truth but imagination is the organ of meaning.
C. S. Lewis #Love #Power

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.
C. S. Lewis #Marriage

There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.
C. S. Lewis #Motivational

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C. S. Lewis #Art #Friendship

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis #War

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.
C. S. Lewis #Future #Time

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
C. S. Lewis #Good

Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
C. S. Lewis #Happiness #Love

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
C. S. Lewis #History

If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
C. S. Lewis #History #Men #Time #Women

Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.
C. S. Lewis #God

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.
C. S. Lewis #Men #Nature #Power

What we call Man's power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.
C. S. Lewis #Time

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