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Great Quotes From C.S. Lewis


My oldest daughter keeps a book of quotes. Many of her quotes come from movies, but some of them are from good books she's read as well. I don't typically like to mark in books, but every once in a while a book has a quote that is so compelling, so thought-provoking, that I just have to mark it or write it down. Keeping those quotes allows me to go back later and really process what's being said.
C.S.Lewis is one of my very favorite quotable authors.Throughout his fiction and nonfiction works, some of the statements he makes just make me pause and reread and reread. There are words that are simple and yet profound. And there are ideas I just need time to process and develop. Here are some of my very favorite C.S. Lewis quotes, shared so that you can ruminate as well.


"There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened. " 
— C.S. Lewis (The Great Divorce)


"One word, Ma'am," he said, coming back from the fire; limping, because of the pain. "One word. All you've been saying is quite right, I shouldn't wonder. I'm a chap who always liked to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it. So I won't deny any of what you said. But there's one more thing to be said, even so. Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things-trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that's a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We're just babies making up a game, if you're right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That's why I'm going to stand by the play world. 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. So, thanking you kindly for our supper, if these two gentlemen and the young lady are ready, we're leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland. Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that's a small loss if the world's as dull a place as you say." 
— C.S. Lewis (The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4))- This quote comes from my favorite of all of the Chronicles of Narnia. It's from my favorite of all characters- Puddleglum. I can't read this part without choking up, and my kids always laugh.


"Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, "What? You too? I thought I was the only one." 
... It is when two such persons discover one another, when, whether with immense difficulties and semi-articulate fumblings or with what would seem to us amazing and elliptical speed, they share their vision - it is then that Friendship is born. And instantly they stand together in an immense solitude." 

— C.S. Lewis (The Four Loves)


"The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self--all your wishes and precautions--to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call "ourselves," to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time be "good." 
— C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)


"It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory.

Reading great quotes gives us opportunity to stop and think. Are there any great quotes you can share?



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