C. S. Lewis Quotes




We are what we believe we are.C. S. Lewis

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.C. S. Lewis

I think that all things, in their way, reflect heavenly truth, the imagination not least.C. S. Lewis

What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.C. S. Lewis

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.C. S. Lewis




Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.C. S. Lewis

The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.C. S. Lewis

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.C. S. Lewis

We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.C. S. Lewis

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.C. S. Lewis




Satan, the leader or dictator of devils, is the opposite, not of God, but of Michael.C. S. Lewis

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.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

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.C. S. Lewis

I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.C. S. Lewis

Real joy seems to me almost as unlike security or prosperity as it is unlike agony.C. S. Lewis

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.C. S. Lewis

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.C. S. Lewis

Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.C. S. Lewis

You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.C. S. Lewis

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.C. S. Lewis

‘Good English’ is whatever educated people talk; so that what is good in one place or time would not be so in another.C. S. Lewis

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey ‘people.’ People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war… Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.C. S. Lewis

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

The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.C. S. Lewis