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C.S. Lewis Quotes About God

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts to us in our pains.

I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.

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.

A man can’t be always defending the truth; there must be a time to feed on it.

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.

The Christian doctrine of suffering explains, I believe, a very curious fact about the world we live in. The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure, and merriment, He has scattered broadcast.

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

Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

A pleasure is only full grown when it is remembered.

I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking.

The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.

We are what we believe we are.

Let’s pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.

There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.

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.

You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.

Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.

God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other.

We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.

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

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.

Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken.

A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.

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

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.

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.

The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.

God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome. What matters is the sincerity and perseverance of our will to overcome them.

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.

There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan.

Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.

We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God.

It is not for me to judge another man’s life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.

At the very moment when we rebel against the universe we have already recognized it, on some level, as ourselves.

A man can’t be always defending the truth; there must be a time to feed on it.

Pride is a favourite vice of Satan: he invented it.

No man can be really in earnest about believing in God on a Friday and yet be really in earnest about other things on a Sunday.

Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.

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

Forgiveness does not mean excusing.

The demand that God should forgive such a man sits very awkwardly with the demand that we should forgive him.

I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.

The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life.

The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become. In that sense our real selves are all waiting for us in Him.

We are instruments, He tunes… The understanding is a good thing for supplying your life with content that is not your own.


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