C. S. Lewis was a fierce believer in God, imagination, and friendship. He spoke about those three things with a lot of passion and frequency.
Clive Staples Lewis (November 291898 – November 221963) was an Irish author, scholar of medieval literature, and Christian apologist. He is best known for his essays on Christianity and for the children's fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia.
Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. – C. S. Lewis. Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities. – C. S. .
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Every day, I read a quote that encourages me for the day. Sometimes it is a Bible verse, sometimes they are quotes from famous authors or historical figures, nonetheless, I read a quote to help me with being intentional for the day. If you follow me on Instagram, you likely have seen one or two of these quotes I have read.
Some of the quotes I like best come from C.S. Lewis.
He lived from 1898 to 1963 in England and was the author of dozens of books. He was an atheist who became a Christian in his thirties. And after turning his life over to Jesus, everything changed. The more he learned about God’s Kingdom and his faith, the deeper he went into sharing it with others.
I have read many of his books and often refer back to them. One way that he impacts me on a regular basis is how I have kept countless quotes from him. Today, I thought I would share 10 quotes from C.S. Lewis which would us live more intentionally.
“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement.” [Tweet This]
Learning to get back up after we have failed or after something has not gone our way continues to point us down a path of discovery about who we are and where we are going.
“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” [Tweet This]
I still think about the truth behind this quote. Courage is the testing point of virtues…
“We are what we believe we are.” [Tweet This]
This one really connects with me about chasing my dreams and living the life I desire. If I believe I can do it, then I will do it. I have seen this play out so many times in my life.
“We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.” [Tweet This]
This has encouraged me in times where I struggled with sharing my faith in the past and even on a day-to-day basis. If I want to be a Christian, I need to be intentional about my faith.
“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” [Tweet This]
This is why I put my faith first on my life plan and in my goals. I want to grow and be intentional here first in the hopes that God will bring blessing and revelation for everything else.
“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.” [Tweet This]
I remember reading this and going, “what?” Years later, I understand that the things I own or have are not mine to own or say that it is only mine. Everything on earth comes from God and if this is true, then I own nothing, I am only caring for it.
“Writing comes as a result of a very strong impulse, and when it does come, I, for one, must get it out.” [Tweet This]
Basically, my feelings about writing. I just can’t help it. I also think this is true for any passion or desire people have for their life.
“The future is something that everyone reaches at a rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” [Tweet This]
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.” [Tweet This]
I live by these words. You should too!
“There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind.” [Tweet This]
This one caught me off guard when I read it. And yet, it reminds me of how my wife always hashtags: #TheBestIsYetToCome. It’s true, in the immediate future there are good things available. And in the distant future and future to come, there are far greater things.
I hope you find these encouraging. If there is a CS Lewis quote you like and I haven’t share it, share it in the comments below and why you like it! If you liked one of these, share it on social media or hit the “Tweet This” link.
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C.S. Lewis was a prolific Irish scholar, novelist, and author of more than 30 books. He is best known for his ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ fantasy series, which have been adapted into various films.
Arguably the most influential writer of his time, C.S. Lewis is known for his vast works, which continue to attract thousands of new readers every year.
C.S. Lewis was born on November 29, 1898, in Belfast, Ireland, and he went on to teach at Oxford University. He died on November 22, 1963, in Oxford, England.
Lewis was a pro-Christian writer who used his works to support his faith. His words can teach us about love, God, and life.
In that respect, here are some of the best and most powerful C.S. Lewis quotes to inspire you.
1.) “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
2.) “Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him.” – C. S. Lewis
3.) “Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives” – C. S. Lewis
4.) ““Have you not seen that in our days
Of any whose story, song or art
Delights us, our sincerest praise
Means, when all’s said, ‘You break my heart?”” – C. S. Lewis
5.) “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
6.) “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” – C. S. Lewis
7.) “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” – C. S. Lewis
8.) In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” – C. S. Lewis
9.) “My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?” – C. S. Lewis
10.) “It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.” – C. S. Lewis
11.) “We want not so much a Father but a grandfather in heaven, a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, ‘What does it matter so long as they are contented?” – C. S. Lewis
12.) “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
13.) “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” – C. S. Lewis
14.) “Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.” – C. S. Lewis
15.) “I think He made one law of that kind in order that there might be obedience. In all these other matters what you call obeying Him is but doing what seems good in your own eyes also. Is love content with that?” – C. S. Lewis
16.) “To enter heaven is to become more human than you ever succeeded in being on earth; to enter hell, is to be banished from humanity.” – C. S. Lewis
17.) “You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” – C. S. Lewis
18.) “Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”” – C. S. Lewis
19.) “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C. S. Lewis
20.) “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. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” – C. S. Lewis
21.) “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
22.) “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C. S. Lewis
23.) “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” – C. S. Lewis
24.) “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” – C. S. Lewis
25.) “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” – C. S. Lewis
26.) “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” – C. S. Lewis
27.) “Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.” – C. S. Lewis
28.) “I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.” – C. S. Lewis
29.) “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” – C. S. Lewis
30.) “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
31.) “To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” – C. S. Lewis
32.) “We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” – C. S. Lewis
33.) “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
34.) “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
35.) “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C. S. Lewis
36.) “God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.” – C. S. Lewis
37.) “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.” – C. S. Lewis
38.) “Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning…” – C. S. Lewis
39.) “It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. – C. S. Lewis
40.) “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” – C. S. Lewis
41.) “I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.” – C. S. Lewis
42.) “I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” – C. S. Lewis
43.) “You can make anything by writing.” – C. S. Lewis
44.) “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
45.) “He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.” – C. S. Lewis
46.) “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” – C. S. Lewis
47.) “You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” – C. S. Lewis
48.) “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” – C. S. Lewis
49.) “You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,” said the Lion.” – C. S. Lewis
50.) “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!” – C. S. Lewis
51.) “Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.” – C. S. Lewis
52.) “No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.” – C. S. Lewis
53.) “Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.” – C. S. Lewis
54.) “The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.” – C.S Lewis
55.) “We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” – C.S Lewis
56.) “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” – C. S. Lewis
57.) “We are what we believe we are.” – C. S. Lewis
58.) “Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.” – C. S. Lewis
59.) “Always prefer the plain direct word to the long, vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.” – C. S. Lewis
60.) “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…” – C. S. Lewis
61.) “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” – C. S. Lewis
62.) “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” – C. S. Lewis
63.) “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis
64.) “We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.” – C.S Lewis
65.) “There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.” – C.S Lewis
66.) “Joy is the serious business of Heaven.” – C. S. Lewis
67.) “God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want.” – C. S. Lewis
68.) “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbour; act as if you do, and you will presently come to love him.” – C.S Lewis
69.) “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”― C.S. Lewis
70.) “Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.” ― C.S. Lewis
71.) “Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.”― C.S. Lewis
72.) “No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.”― C.S. Lewis
73.) “The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.”― C.S. Lewis
74.) “I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”― C.S. Lewis
75.) “To love at all is to be vulnerable”― C.S. Lewis
76.) “All get what they want; they do not always like it.”― C.S. Lewis
77.) “Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth.”― C.S. Lewis
78.) “The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.”― C.S. Lewis
79.) “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.”― C.S. Lewis
80.) “You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.”― C.S. Lewis
As you can see from these quotes, C.S. Lewis was big on love, faith, and life. His words are full of life-changing wisdom.
Hopefully, you’ve been inspired by reading these C.S. Lewis quotes.
Which of these C.S. Lewis quotes was your favorite? Do you have any other inspirational quotes to add to the list? Let us know in the comment section below.
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