Favorite quotations from C.S. Lewis

C.S.-LewisThere are a dozen famous C.S. Lewis quotations. Most of you would recognize most of them.

These are not those.

These are some of my favorites, harvested from lots of reading.

I’ve read nearly every published word written by C.S. Lewis. This includes his 3 volumes of published correspondence amounting to over 4,000 pages.

I’ve also read at least two dozen biographies.

I certainly don’t agree with him at every turn. But I admire his ability to communicate complex thoughts in understandable terms, usually accompanied by a metaphor.

Marvel with me at a mind crafted by a generous God:

1. “Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.”

2. “Don’t bother about thinking quickly. People who think clearly will come in the end to think quickly, but people who think quickly do not necessarily come to think clearly.”

3. “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”

4. “One is sometimes glad not to be a great theologian; one might so easily mistake it for being a good Christian.”

5. Lewis, discussing a difficult book he was trying to write: “A nauseous moment—when the thought of trying to mend it, and of abandoning it, seem equally unbearable.”

6. Human history records a “massive and immemorial agreement about moral law, along with a massive and immemorial inability to obey it.”

7. “If you’re approaching God not as the goal but as a road, not as the end but as a means, you’re not really approaching Him at all.”

8. “That is how God loves us: not because we are lovable but because He is love, not because He needs to receive but because He delights to give.”

9. “Let us pray to Him that, weakened as we are by age and the long habit of sinning, He may make new persons of us and lead us into His Kingdom.”

10. “A person who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful in his reading. There are traps everywhere!”

11. “There are no ordinary people because we are daily living amongst immortal beings destined for immortal horrors or immortal splendor.”

12. “Unless God wanted you, you would not be wanting Him.”

13. “I am conscious of a partly pathological hostility to what is fashionable.”

14. “It matters more that Heaven should exist than that we should ever get there.”

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3 responses to “Favorite quotations from C.S. Lewis

  • David Alston

    C.S. Lewis did have such an elegant way of capturing truths. And He didn’t shy away from the difficult ones either! #14 is very sobering. Because of that truth I am so gratefull for the truth of #1 and #8.

  • belleunruh

    I have read a few books by Lewis over and over because they have helped me so much. ‘The Problem of Pain’ is my favorite. I’m not sure I agree with statement #1 because I think we are worth dying for. I would die for any child of mine no matter how bad they were. I would love them no matter what they did. I think God put that in us and he is the same.

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