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1.
I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others do the same.

I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that other country and to help others do the same.


Author: C.S. Lewis
2.
I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.

I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.

Reference:   Secret Church 2015.


3.
The doctrine of Christ’s divinity seems to me not something stuck on which you can unstick but something that peeps out at every point so that you’d have to unravel the whole web to get rid of it.

The doctrine of Christ’s divinity seems to me not something stuck on which you can unstick but something that peeps out at every point so that you’d have to unravel the whole web to get rid of it.


Author: C.S. Lewis
4.
In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell is itself a question: “What are you asking God to do?” To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But He has done so, on Calvary. To forgive them? They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, I am afraid that is what He does.

In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell is itself a question: "What are you asking God to do?" To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But He has done so, on Calvary. To forgive them? They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, I am afraid that is what He does.


5.
For my own part, I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await others. I believe that many who find that “nothing happens” when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology.

For my own part, I tend to find the doctrinal books often more helpful in devotion than the devotional books, and I rather suspect that the same experience may await others. I believe that many who find that "nothing happens" when they sit down, or kneel down, to a book of devotion, would find that the heart sings unbidden while they are working their way through a tough bit of theology.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Devotionals
6.
We don’t come to church, to be a church. We come to Christ, and then we are built up as a church. If we come to church just to be with one another, one another is all we’ll get. And it isn’t enough. Inevitably, our hearts will grow empty, and then angry. If we put community first, we will destroy community. But if we come to Christ first and submit ourselves to Him and draw life from Him, community gets traction.

We don’t come to church, to be a church. We come to Christ, and then we are built up as a church. If we come to church just to be with one another, one another is all we’ll get. And it isn’t enough. Inevitably, our hearts will grow empty, and then angry. If we put community first, we will destroy community. But if we come to Christ first and submit ourselves to Him and draw life from Him, community gets traction.


7.
If conversion to Christianity makes no improvement in a man’s outward actions – if he continues to be just as snobbish or spiteful or envious or ambitious as he was before – then I think we must suspect that his ‘conversion’ was largely imaginary.

If conversion to Christianity makes no improvement in a man’s outward actions – if he continues to be just as snobbish or spiteful or envious or ambitious as he was before – then I think we must suspect that his ‘conversion’ was largely imaginary.


8.
A wrong sum can be put right, but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on.

A wrong sum can be put right, but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Backsliding
9.
It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.

It is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.


Author: C.S. Lewis
10.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: God-Peace
Joy-God
11.
If you want a religion to make you feel comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.

If you want a religion to make you feel comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.


12.
Jesus produced mainly three effects: hatred, terror, adoration. There was no trace of people expressing mild approval.

Jesus produced mainly three effects: hatred, terror, adoration. There was no trace of people expressing mild approval.


13.
If God had granted all the silly prayers I’ve made in my life, where would I be now?

If God had granted all the silly prayers I’ve made in my life, where would I be now?


Author: C.S. Lewis
14.
Love is not an affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.

Love is not an affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Love-Defined
15.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.


Author: C.S. Lewis
16.
We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private.

We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Solitude
17.
When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. Insofar as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.

When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. Insofar as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but increased.


18.
Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same, it is His invention, not ours. He made the pleasures; all our research so far has not enabled us to produce one. All we can do is to encourage the humans to take the pleasures which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden. Hence we always try to work away from the natural condition of any pleasure to that in which it is least natural, least redolent of its Maker, and least pleasurable. An ever increasing craving for an ever diminishing pleasure is the formula.

Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same, it is His invention, not ours. He made the pleasures; all our research so far has not enabled us to produce one. All we can do is to encourage the humans to take the pleasures which our Enemy has produced, at times, or in ways, or in degrees, which He has forbidden. Hence we always try to work away from the natural condition of any pleasure to that in which it is least natural, least redolent of its Maker, and least pleasurable. An ever increasing craving for an ever diminishing pleasure is the formula.

Reference:   The Screwtape Letters


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Pleasure
19.
I cannot learn to love my neighbor as myself till I learn to love God, and I cannot learn to love God except by learning to obey Him.

I cannot learn to love my neighbor as myself till I learn to love God, and I cannot learn to love God except by learning to obey Him.

Reference:   Mere Christianity.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Love-Others_for
20.
God gave us family. And what a precious gift! But it is a gift, not the Giver. Jesus will not allow Himself to be demoted to High Priest in the Temple Of Family Values. When we come to Christ, we leave that Temple behind, never to return, and we spend the rest of our lives recruiting our families to worship Jesus.

God gave us family. And what a precious gift! But it is a gift, not the Giver. Jesus will not allow Himself to be demoted to High Priest in the Temple Of Family Values. When we come to Christ, we leave that Temple behind, never to return, and we spend the rest of our lives recruiting our families to worship Jesus.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Family-General
21.
You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.… Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.… Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.

Reference:   A Grief Observed.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Trials-Testing
22.
God claims all, because He is love and must bless. He cannot bless us unless He has us. When we try to keep within us an area that is our own, we try to keep an area of death. Therefore, in love, He claims all. There’s no bargaining with Him.

God claims all, because He is love and must bless. He cannot bless us unless He has us. When we try to keep within us an area that is our own, we try to keep an area of death. Therefore, in love, He claims all. There’s no bargaining with Him.

Reference:   A Slip of the Tongue.


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The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all others kinds of union which were intended to go along with it and make up the total union [of marriage].

The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one kind of union (the sexual) from all others kinds of union which were intended to go along with it and make up the total union [of marriage].


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Adultery
24.
In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that – and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison – you do not know God at all. As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. 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.

In God you come up against something which is in every respect immeasurably superior to yourself. Unless you know God as that – and, therefore, know yourself as nothing in comparison – you do not know God at all. As long as you are proud, you cannot know God. 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.


25.
He loved us not because we are lovable, but because He is love.

He loved us not because we are lovable, but because He is love.


26.
Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.

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


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Giving-General
27.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival.

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


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Friendship
28.
The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things – the beauty, the memory of our own past – are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.

The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things – the beauty, the memory of our own past – are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself, they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.

Reference:   C.S. Lewis The Weight of Glory.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: God-Beauty
29.
If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around 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 the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.

If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling around 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 the slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.


30.
When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.

When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.


31.
God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn… That is why it is no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us happiness apart from Himself, because there is no such thing.

God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn… That is why it is no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us happiness apart from Himself, because there is no such thing.

Reference:   Mere Christianity.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Joy-God
32.
Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose…only (upon) the Beloved who will never pass away.

Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose…only (upon) the Beloved who will never pass away.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Joy-God
33.
The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.

The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.

Reference:   Reflections on the Psalms, Brace and World, 1958, p. 90-98.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Joy-God
34.
Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that is "finding his place in it," while really it is finding its place in him.

Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that is "finding his place in it," while really it is finding its place in him.


35.
Love as distinct from "being in love" is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.

Love as distinct from "being in love" is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by the grace which both partners ask, and receive from God. They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.

Reference:   Mere Christianity, p. 99.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Love-Defined
36.
We must not be troubled by unbelievers when they say that this promise of rewards makes the Christian’s life a mercenary affair. There are different kinds of reward. There is the reward which has no natural connection with things you do to earn it, and is quite foreign to the desires that ought to accompany those things. Money is not the natural reward of love; that is why we call a man mercenary if he marries a woman for the sake of her money. But marriage is the proper reward for a real lover, and he is not mercenary for desiring it… The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation.

We must not be troubled by unbelievers when they say that this promise of rewards makes the Christian's life a mercenary affair. There are different kinds of reward. There is the reward which has no natural connection with things you do to earn it, and is quite foreign to the desires that ought to accompany those things. Money is not the natural reward of love; that is why we call a man mercenary if he marries a woman for the sake of her money. But marriage is the proper reward for a real lover, and he is not mercenary for desiring it… The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation.

Reference:   The Weight of Glory, 1962.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Rewards-Eternal
37.
God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.

God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: New_Creation
38.
The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is ‘to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.’ But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.

The Scotch catechism says that man's chief end is 'to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.' But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: God-Delight_in
39.
On the whole, God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him. 

On the whole, God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him. 


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Love-God-for
40.
Until you have given up your “self” to Him you will not have a real “self.”

Until you have given up your “self” to Him you will not have a real “self.”


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Self-Denial
41.
All sorts of people are fond of repeating the Christian statement that “God is love.” But they seem not to notice that the words “God is love” have no real meaning unless God contains at least two persons. Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person, then before the world was made, He was not love.

All sorts of people are fond of repeating the Christian statement that “God is love.” But they seem not to notice that the words “God is love” have no real meaning unless God contains at least two persons. Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person, then before the world was made, He was not love.

Reference:   Beyond Personality, Macmillan, 1948, p. 21.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: God-Trinity
42.
A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling "darkness" on the walls of his cell.

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling "darkness" on the walls of his cell.


Author: C.S. Lewis
43.
If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too.  If so, then all our present thoughts are accidents- the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms.  And this holds for the thoughts of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else’s.  But if their thoughts are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true?  I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents.

If the solar system was brought about by an accidental collision, then the appearance of organic life on this planet was also an accident, and the whole evolution of Man was an accident too. If so, then all our present thoughts are accidents- the accidental by-product of the movement of atoms. And this holds for the thoughts of the materialists and astronomers as well as for anyone else's. But if their thoughts are merely accidental by-products, why should we believe them to be true? I see no reason for believing that one accident should be able to give me a correct account of all the other accidents.


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There is no use trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it. I know some muddle-headed Christians have talked as if Christianity taught that sex, or the body, or pleasure, were bad in themselves. But they were wrong. Christianity is almost the only one of the great religions which thoroughly approves of the body – which believes that matter is good, that God Himself once took on a human body, and that some kind of body is going to be given to us even in Heaven and is going to be an essential part of our happiness, our beauty, and our energy.

There is no use trying to be more spiritual than God. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put the new life into us. We may think this rather crude and unspiritual. God does not: He invented eating. He likes matter. He invented it. I know some muddle-headed Christians have talked as if Christianity taught that sex, or the body, or pleasure, were bad in themselves. But they were wrong. Christianity is almost the only one of the great religions which thoroughly approves of the body – which believes that matter is good, that God Himself once took on a human body, and that some kind of body is going to be given to us even in Heaven and is going to be an essential part of our happiness, our beauty, and our energy.

Reference:   Quoted in: Sam Storms, Introduction to Divine Healing, November 6, 2006, www.enjoyinggodministries.com. Used by Permission.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Body
45.
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Courage
46.
Apologetic work is so dangerous to one’s faith. A doctrine never seems dimmer to me than when I have just successfully defended it.

Apologetic work is so dangerous to one's faith. A doctrine never seems dimmer to me than when I have just successfully defended it.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Apolegetics
47.
We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.

We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good, if bad, because it works in us patience, humility and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Gratitude
48.
Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave it with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.


49.
When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him.

When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: God-Knowing_Him
50.
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. To those who knock it will be opened.

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. To those who knock it will be opened.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Hell-Recipients
51.
It was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the completely anti-God state of mind.

It was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the completely anti-God state of mind.

Reference:   Mere Christianity.


52.
Look for yourself and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.

Look for yourself and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Self-Seeking
53.
Evil is often the perversion of something good that God has created.

Evil is often the perversion of something good that God has created.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Evil-Perversion
54.
Evil is a parasite. It is there only because good is there for it to spoil and confuse.

Evil is a parasite. It is there only because good is there for it to spoil and confuse.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Evil-Perversion
55.
Even if all the things that people prayed for happened – which they do not – this would not prove what Christians mean by the efficacy of prayer. For prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted. And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant and sometimes refuse them. Invariable "success" in prayer would not prove the Christian doctrine at all. It would prove something more like magic – a power in certain human beings to control, or compel, the course of nature.

Even if all the things that people prayed for happened – which they do not – this would not prove what Christians mean by the efficacy of prayer. For prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted. And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant and sometimes refuse them. Invariable "success" in prayer would not prove the Christian doctrine at all. It would prove something more like magic – a power in certain human beings to control, or compel, the course of nature.

Reference:   The Efficacy of Prayer.


Author: C.S. Lewis
56.
We find thus by experience that there is no good applying to heaven for earthly comfort.  Heaven can give heavenly comfort; no other kind.  Earth cannot give earthly comfort either, as there is no earthly comfort in the long run.

We find thus by experience that there is no good applying to heaven for earthly comfort. Heaven can give heavenly comfort; no other kind. Earth cannot give earthly comfort either, as there is no earthly comfort in the long run.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Comfort
57.
History is a story written by the finger of God.

History is a story written by the finger of God.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: History
58.
It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men.

It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Worship-Purpose
59.
Every Christian would agree that a man’s spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God.

Every Christian would agree that a man’s spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God.


60.
I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. If it were possible for a created soul fully to “appreciate,” that is, to love and delight in, the worthiest object of all, and simultaneously at every moment to give this delight perfect expression, then that soul would be in supreme blessedness. To praise God fully we must suppose ourselves to be in perfect love with God, drowned in, dissolved by that delight which, far from remaining pent up within ourselves as incommunicable bliss, flows out from us incessantly again in effortless and perfect expression. Our joy is no more separable from the praise in which it liberates and utters itself than the brightness a mirror receives is separable from the brightness it sheds.

I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. If it were possible for a created soul fully to “appreciate,” that is, to love and delight in, the worthiest object of all, and simultaneously at every moment to give this delight perfect expression, then that soul would be in supreme blessedness. To praise God fully we must suppose ourselves to be in perfect love with God, drowned in, dissolved by that delight which, far from remaining pent up within ourselves as incommunicable bliss, flows out from us incessantly again in effortless and perfect expression. Our joy is no more separable from the praise in which it liberates and utters itself than the brightness a mirror receives is separable from the brightness it sheds.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Worship-Purpose
61.
We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin.

We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin.


Author: C.S. Lewis
62.
It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us.

It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Conviction
63.
To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God.

To ask that God's love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God.


Author: C.S. Lewis
64.
In the Trinity Term of 1929, I gave in and admitted that God was God and knelt and prayed.

In the Trinity Term of 1929, I gave in and admitted that God was God and knelt and prayed.


65.
There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist and a magician with the same delight.

There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors, and hail a materialist and a magician with the same delight.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Demons
66.
I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.

I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.

Reference:   Mere Christianity, p. 67.


67.
An “impersonal God” – well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own head – better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap – best of all. But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps, approaching an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband – that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: Was that a real footstep in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (“Man’s search for God!”) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us?

An “impersonal God” – well and good. A subjective God of beauty, truth and goodness, inside our own head – better still. A formless life-force surging through us, a vast power which we can tap – best of all. But God Himself, alive, pulling at the other end of the cord, perhaps, approaching an infinite speed, the hunter, king, husband – that is quite another matter. There comes a moment when the children who have been playing at burglars hush suddenly: Was that a real footstep in the hall? There comes a moment when people who have been dabbling in religion (“Man’s search for God!”) suddenly draw back. Supposing we really found Him? We never meant it to come to that! Worse still, supposing He had found us?


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: God-Seeking
68.
Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist.

Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Atheism
69.
The words “God is love” have no real meaning unless God contains at least two Persons. Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person then before the world was made, He was not love.

The words “God is love” have no real meaning unless God contains at least two Persons. Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person then before the world was made, He was not love.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: God-Love
70.
In some way, it is natural for us to wish that God had designed for us a less glorious and less arduous destiny; but then we are wishing not for more love but for less.

In some way, it is natural for us to wish that God had designed for us a less glorious and less arduous destiny; but then we are wishing not for more love but for less.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: God-Love
71.
If you do not listen to theology, that will not mean you have no ideas about God, rather it will mean you have a lot of wrong ones.

If you do not listen to theology, that will not mean you have no ideas about God, rather it will mean you have a lot of wrong ones.


Author: C.S. Lewis
72.
Theology is practical, especially now… If you do not listen to Theology that will not mean that you have no ideas about God. It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ones – bad, muddled, out-of-date ideas.

Theology is practical, especially now... If you do not listen to Theology that will not mean that you have no ideas about God. It will mean that you have a lot of wrong ones – bad, muddled, out-of-date ideas.

Reference:   Mere Christianity.


Author: C.S. Lewis
73.
The present is the only time in which any duty may be done or grace received.

The present is the only time in which any duty may be done or grace received.

Reference:   A Journey to Victorious Praying, Moody Publishers, 2003, p. 184.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Time
74.
The glory of God, and, as our only means to glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.

The glory of God, and, as our only means to glorifying Him, the salvation of human souls, is the real business of life.


Author: C.S. Lewis
75.
Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water…. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably, earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing.

Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water…. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably, earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Satisfaction
76.
But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.

But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.


77.
The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.

The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.


78.
[Christ] wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.

[Christ] wants a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head. He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Faith-Childlike
79.
[He] is not proud… He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him.

[He] is not proud... He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him.


80.
You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.

Reference:   A Grief Observed.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Faith-Advice
81.
I know that many wiser and better Christians than I in these days do not like to mention heaven and hell even in a pulpit. I know, too, that nearly all the references to this subject in the New Testament come from a single source. But then that source is Our Lord Himself… These overwhelming doctrines…are not really removable from the teaching of Christ or of His Church. If we do not believe them our presence in this church is great tomfoolery. If we do, we must sometime overcome our spiritual prudery and mention them.

I know that many wiser and better Christians than I in these days do not like to mention heaven and hell even in a pulpit. I know, too, that nearly all the references to this subject in the New Testament come from a single source. But then that source is Our Lord Himself… These overwhelming doctrines…are not really removable from the teaching of Christ or of His Church. If we do not believe them our presence in this church is great tomfoolery. If we do, we must sometime overcome our spiritual prudery and mention them.

Reference:   The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Hell-Warnings
82.
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.

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.


Author: C.S. Lewis
83.
An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons – marriage, or meat, or beer, or cinema; but the moment he stars saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who do use them, he has taken the wrong turning.

An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons – marriage, or meat, or beer, or cinema; but the moment he stars saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who do use them, he has taken the wrong turning.


84.
It is only when you are asked to believe in Reason coming from non-reason that you must cry Halt.  Human minds.  They do not come from nowhere.

It is only when you are asked to believe in Reason coming from non-reason that you must cry Halt. Human minds. They do not come from nowhere.


85.
But the most obvious fact about praise – whether of God or anything – strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honor. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise…The world rings with praise – lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game… My whole, more general, difficulty about the praise of God depended on my absurdly denying to us, as regards the supremely Valuable, what we delight to do, what indeed we can’t help doing, about everything else we value. I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is the appointed consummation.

But the most obvious fact about praise – whether of God or anything – strangely escaped me. I thought of it in terms of compliment, approval, or the giving of honor. I had never noticed that all enjoyment spontaneously overflows into praise…The world rings with praise – lovers praising their mistresses, readers their favorite poet, walkers praising the countryside, players praising their favorite game… My whole, more general, difficulty about the praise of God depended on my absurdly denying to us, as regards the supremely Valuable, what we delight to do, what indeed we can’t help doing, about everything else we value. I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is the appointed consummation.

Reference:   Reflections on the Psalms, Brace and World, 1958, p. 94-95.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Praise
86.
God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

Reference:   Mere Christianity.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Peace-True
87.
It is not your business to succeed, but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God.

It is not your business to succeed, but to do right: when you have done so, the rest lies with God.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Success
88.
Evil is a parasite, not an original thing.

Evil is a parasite, not an original thing.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Evil-Origin
89.
[The flesh] knows that if the spiritual life gets hold of it, all its self-centeredness and self-will are going to be killed and it is ready to fight tooth and nail to avoid that.

[The flesh] knows that if the spiritual life gets hold of it, all its self-centeredness and self-will are going to be killed and it is ready to fight tooth and nail to avoid that.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Sin-Indwelling
90.
I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.

I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.


91.
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.”

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.”


Author: C.S. Lewis
92.
Of course one must take “sent to try us” the right way. God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t.

Of course one must take “sent to try us” the right way. God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t.


Author: C.S. Lewis
Topics: Trials-Testing
93.
Any fool can write learned language. The vernacular is the real test.  If you can’t turn your faith into it, then you either don’t understand it or you don’t believe it.

Any fool can write learned language. The vernacular is the real test.  If you can't turn your faith into it, then you either don't understand it or you don't believe it.


94.
The Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.  It is since Christians have begun thinking less of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.  Aim at heaven and you get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you get neither.

The Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.  It is since Christians have begun thinking less of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.  Aim at heaven and you get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you get neither.

Reference:   Mere Christianity.


Author: C.S. Lewis
95.
If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a “wandering to find home,” why should we not look forward to the arrival?

If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a “wandering to find home,” why should we not look forward to the arrival?


Author: C.S. Lewis
96.
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.  Aim at earth and you will get neither.

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in.  Aim at earth and you will get neither.


Author: C.S. Lewis
97.
A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.

A continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do.


Author: C.S. Lewis
98.
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

Reference:   Mere Christianity, Macmillan, 1960, p. 119.


99.
The central miracle asserted by Christians is the incarnation. They say that God became man.

The central miracle asserted by Christians is the incarnation. They say that God became man.


100.
Non-Christians seem to think that the Incarnation implies some particular merit or excellence in humanity. But of course it implies just the reverse: a particular demerit and depravity. No creature that deserved Redemption would need to be redeemed. They that are whole need not the physician. Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.

Non-Christians seem to think that the Incarnation implies some particular merit or excellence in humanity. But of course it implies just the reverse: a particular demerit and depravity. No creature that deserved Redemption would need to be redeemed. They that are whole need not the physician. Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.