Quotes by C. S. Lewis


Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.
– C. S. Lewis

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.
– C. S. Lewis

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
– C. S. Lewis
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
A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.
– C. S. Lewis
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
– C. S. Lewis
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
– C. S. Lewis
An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
– C. S. Lewis
Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
– C. S. Lewis
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
– C. S. Lewis
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
– C. S. Lewis
Don't say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers Please will you do the job for me.
– C. S. Lewis
Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say infinitely when you mean very; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
– C. S. Lewis
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
– C. S. Lewis
Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
– C. S. Lewis
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
– C. S. Lewis
Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.
– C. S. Lewis
Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
– C. S. Lewis
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, What! You too? I thought I was the only one!
– C. S. Lewis
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