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CS Lewis Quotes

I enjoyed reading this book years ago, and as C.S. Lewis suggested I am going to read it again

I enjoyed reading this book years ago, and as C.S. Lewis suggested I am going to read it again

CS Lewis And His Quotes

CS Lewis, or Clive Staples Lewis, was born on November 29, 1898 and died on November 22, 1963. In between that period CS Lewis wrote over 30 books including The Chronicles of Narnia, one of my childhood favorites.

Many quotes are attributed to Lewis and that's what this page is about. I have enjoyed putting these quotes on this page. It's been inspiring to read some of them, it makes me appreciate this man so much more to find out some of his deepest thoughts and beliefs. I hope you enjoy reading them too.

Quotes About Books

  • “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” C.S. Lewis
  • "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis
  • Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." C. S. Lewis
  • "We read to know we are not alone." C. S. Lewis
  • "When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty, I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up." C. S. Lewis"
  • "I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis."
  • "Those of us who are blamed when old for reading childish books were blamed when children for reading books too old for us." C. S. Lewis
  • "Read and Re-Read--"Re-reading, we always find a new book." C. S. Lewis
  • "But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself. Like the night sky in the Greek poem, I see with a myriad eyes, but it is still I who see. Here, as in worship, in love, in moral action, and in knowing, I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do." C. S. Lewis
Tea and books quote by C.S. Lewis

Tea and books quote by C.S. Lewis

Inspiring Quotes

  • “Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.” C.S. Lewis
  • “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” C.S. Lewis
  • “All get what they want; they do not always like it.” 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
  • “The Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays.” C.S. Lewis
  • “Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.” C.S. Lewis
  • “In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.” C.S. Lewis
  • “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” C.S. Lewis
  • “A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.” C.S. Lewis
Beautiful picture and inspiring quote by C.S. Lewis

Beautiful picture and inspiring quote by C.S. Lewis

Quotes About Life And Happiness

  • "Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose." C. S. Lewis
  • "There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes." C. S. Lewis
  • "The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal." C. S. Lewis
  • "Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives." C.S. Lewis
  • “All Joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still 'about to be'.” C.S. Lewis
  • "I feel joy the most when I’m not thinking about myself, but when I’m completely in the moment." C.S. Lewis
  • "Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature." C. S. Lewis
  • "Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind." C. S. Lewis
Life and Happiness Quotes by C.S. Lewis

Life and Happiness Quotes by C.S. Lewis

Quotes For Mothers

  • "Children are not distractions from more important work. They are the most important work." C.S. Lewis
  • “The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.” C.S. Lewis
  • "Homemaking is surely in reality the most important work in the world. C.S. Lewis
  • "To forgive the incessant provocations of daily life - to keep on forgiving the bossy mother-in-law, the bullying husband, the nagging wife, the selfish daughter, the deceitful son - how can we do it? Only, I think, by remembering where we stand, by meaning our words when we say in our prayers each night, “Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We are offered forgiveness on no other terms. To refuse it is to refuse God’s mercy for ourselves. There is no hint of exceptions and God means what he says." C. S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis Quotes For Moms

C.S. Lewis Quotes For Moms

Quotes On Self

  • "Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching." C.S. Lewis
  • "Love is unselfishly choosing for another's higher good." C.S. Lewis
  • "Pride is the mother hen under which all other sins are hatched." C.S. Lewis
  • "Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive." C.S. Lewis
  • "Failures are fingerposts on the way to achievement." C.S. Lewis
  • "We are what we believe we are." C.S. Lewis
  • "Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sometime sooner or later, and then you still have to figure out what to do." C.S. Lewis
  • “Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.” C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis  Quotes On Self How Wise

C.S. Lewis Quotes On Self How Wise

Quotes On History

  • "Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive." C. S. Lewis
  • "The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts." C. S. Lewis
  • "History isn't just the story of bad people doing bad things. It's quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong." C. S. Lewis
  • “Legal and economic equality are absolutely necessary remedies for the Fall, and protection against cruelty.” C. S. Lewis
  • "Let's pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere." C. S. Lewis
  • “All that we call human history -money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery - is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” C.S. Lewis
  • "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

Quotes On Love

  • "If you love deeply, you are going to get hurt badly. But it's worth it." C.S. Lewis
  • “God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love.” C. S. Lewis
  • “When they have really learned to love their neighbours as themselves, they will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbours.” C. S. Lewis
  • “Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.” C. S. Lewis
  • "No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened." C.S. Lewis
  • “Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. There are many things below it, but there are also things above it. You cannot make it the basis of a whole life. ” C.S. Lewis
There is no other day

There is no other day

Books By C.S. Lewis

COSMIC TRILOGY

1938 Out of the Silent Planet

1944 Perelandra

1945 That Hideous Strength

CHRONICLES OF NARNIA

1950 The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

1951 Prince Caspian

1952 The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

1953 The Silver Chair

1956 The Horse and His Boy

1955 The Magician's Nephew

1956 The Last Battle

ORDER OF THE WORLD OF NARNIA SERIES

1997 Lucy Steps Through the Wardrobe (Short Story)

1997 Edmund and the White Witch

1998 Aslan

1998 Aslan's Triumph

1998 Uncle Andrew's Troubles

1999 The Wood Between the Worlds

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