105 Best C.S. Lewis Quotes on Faith, Love, and Life

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If you are ever feeling lost, take some great guidance from Clive Staples Lewis. World-renowned for his The Chronicles of Narnia series, and with the other works he has left us with powerful words. Read some of his best quotes on faith, love, and life.

105 of C.S. Lewis’s Most Inspiring Quotes

Here are some of C.S. Lewis’ most notable words. Here was not only a great writer but a wise and God-loving man.

  1. Each day we are becoming a creature of splendid glory or one of unthinkable horror.
  2. Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.
  3. To love at all is to be vulnerable.
  4. We are what we believe we are.
  5. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
  6. Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness.
  7. Joy is the serious business of heaven.
  8. Courage, dear heart.
  9. Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
  10. Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.
  11. Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.
  12. The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.
  13. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.
  14. Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.
  15. Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
  16. Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.
  17. Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.
  18. There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
  19. There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.
  20. Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.
  21. No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.
  22. Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.
  23. 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.
  24. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.
  25. No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
  26. ‘You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,’ said the Lion.
  27. 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.
  28. What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.
  29. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
  30. All get what they want; they do not always like it.
  31. We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for meditation and true friendship.
  32. In our own case we accept excuses too easily; in other people’s, we do not accept them easily enough.
  33. Better to be miserable with her than happy without her. Let our hearts break provided they break together. If the voice within us does not say this, it is not the voice of Eros.
  34. I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.
  35. Nothing you have not given away will ever really be yours.
  36. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.
  37. While friendship has been by far the chief source of my happiness, acquaintance or general society has always meant little to me, and I cannot quite understand why a man should wish to know more people than he can make real friends of.
  38. Of all the bad men, religious bad men are the worst.
  39. 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.
  40. Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also harder to bear.
  41. A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.
  42. The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.
  47. The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.
  48. It is not your business to succeed, but to do right; when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
  49. Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.
  50. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.
  51. 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.
  52. The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
  53. Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.
  54. Crying is all right in its own way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.
  55. 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.
  56. Forgiveness does not mean excusing.
  57. I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
  58. 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.
  59. You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.
  60. The heart never takes the place of the head: but it can, and should, obey it.
  61. Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…
  62. God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are as much alone with him as if you were the only being he had ever created.
  63. The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.
  64. Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.
  65. When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.
  66. If a man thinks he is not conceited, he is very conceited indeed.
  67. God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.
  68. Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.
  69. We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.
  70. There would be no sense in saying you trusted Jesus if you would not take his advice.
  71. But one of the worst results of being a slave and being forced to do things is that when there is no one to force you anymore, you find you have almost lost the power of forcing yourself.
  72. Though our feelings come and go, his love for us does not.
  73. It is safe to tell the pure in heart that they shall see God, for only the pure in heart want to.
  74. God intends to give us what we need, not what we now think we want.
  75. It is a very funny thing that the sleepier you are, the longer you take about getting to bed.
  76. Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.
  77. Thirst was made for water; inquiry for truth.
  78. Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.
  79. Adventures are never fun while you’re having them.
  80. The door on which we have been knocking all our lives will open at last.
  81. The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal.
  82. You must ask for God’s help. After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again.
  83. Do not dare not to dare.
  84. Reality is not neat, not obvious, not what you expect.
  85. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
  86. One road leads home, and a thousand roads lead into the wilderness.
  87. You may forget that you are at every moment totally dependent on God.
  88. If you’re thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you, you’re embarking on something, which will take the whole of you.
  89. Readers are advised to remember that the devil is a liar.
  90. If God had granted all the silly prayers I’ve made in my life, where should I be now?
  91. Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
  92. The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred.
  93. No good work is done anywhere without aid from the Father of Lights.
  94. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of His presence.
  95. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.
  96. Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.
  97. 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.
  98. God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain but without stain.
  99. Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.
  100. You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
  101. Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.
  102. You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
  103. A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.
  104. Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth, and you get neither.
  105. The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self – all your wishes and precautions – to Christ.

Final Thoughts

What was your favorite C.S. Lewis quote? If you haven’t read any of his books just yet, maybe you should pick one or two up. His work is considered part of contemporary class literature. If you enjoy this limited selection, you’ll be able to appreciate his writing even more.

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