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C. S. Lewis Quotes

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C. S. Lewis quotes: timeless content from novelist, scholar and poet, Clive Staples Lewis.

“It is not your business to succeed, but to do right; when you have done so, the rest lies with God.”

“Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.”

“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one until you have read an old one in between.”

“No man knows how bad he is until he has tried very hard to be good.”

“You don’t have a soul.  You are a soul.  You have a body.”

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”

“Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth.”

“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

“All get what they want; they do not always like it.”

“I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silent hurt more.”

“God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want.”

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

“We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”

“God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.”

“Reality is not neat, not obvious, not what you expect.”

“In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.”

“If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.”

“We do not want merely to see beauty.  We want something else which can hardly be put into words – to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.”

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.”

“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.”

“Forgiveness does not mean excusing.”

“The past is frozen and no longer flows, and the present is all lit up with eternal rays.”

“The heart never takes the place of the head.  But it can, and should, obey it.”

“The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.”

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

“We’re not doubting that God will do the best for us; we’re wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”

“Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.”

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: ‘What!  You too?  I thought I was the only one.'”

“A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.”

“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing.  It also depends on what sort of person you are.”

“I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.”

“I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”

“The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.”

“Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.”

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.  Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken.  If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even 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.”

“Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different?”

“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts.  But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.”

“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.”

“Of all the bad men, religious bad men are the worst.”

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”

“When we lose one blessing another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.”

“Do not waste time bothering whether you love your neighbor; act as if you do, and you will presently come to love him.”

“The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.”

“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”

“What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth.  They share it.”

That’s it for CS Lewis sayings.  These Joel Osteen quotes are a good follow-up.

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