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Quotes: C.S. Lewis

I prefer to combat the thought "I am better than others" not with the thought of "I am no better than others" but with "Everyone is as good as me" - C. S. Lewis (paraphrase)


The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.  - C. S. Lewis
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.  - C. S. Lewis
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. - C. S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, Chapter 6, paragraph 5
Virtue --even attempted virtue--brings light; indulgence brings fog.
- C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Sexual Morality
C. S. Lewis said when he died he didn't want anyone to make a fuss. He died the same day
John F. Kennedy was assassinated. There wasn't much fuss.
The real test of being in the presence of God is that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object. It is better to forget about yourself altogether. 
- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity: The Great Sin
He wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles. Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.
- C.S. Lewis, Screwtape Letters
urging against making young people read newspapers:
[N]early all that a boy reads... will be known before he is twenty to have been false in emphasis and interpretation, if not in fact. Most of it will have lost all importance. Most of what he remembers he will therefore have to unlearn; and he will probably have acquired an incurable taste for vulgarity and sensationalism.
- C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy
[A]n author should never conceive himself as bringing into existence beauty or wisdom which did not exist before, but simply and solely as trying to embody in terms of his own art some reflection of eternal Beauty and Wisdom. 
- C. S. Lewis
"Rulers have become owners. We are less their subject than their wards, pupils, or domestic animals. There is nothing left of which we can say to them, ‘Mind your own business.’ Our whole lives are their business." 
- C. S. Lewis
"I believe a man is happier, and happy in a richer way, if he has ‘the free-born mind.’ But I doubt whether he can have this without economic independence, which the new society is abolishing. For economic independence allows an education not controlled by Government; and in adult life it is the man who needs, and asks, nothing of government who can criticize its acts and snap his fingers at its ideology. Read Montaigne; that’s the voice of a man with his legs under his own table, eating the mutton and turnips raised on his own land. Who will talk like that when the State is 
everyone’s schoolmaster and employer?" 
- C. S. Lewis
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. - C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, Chapter 29, paragraph 6
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 greatest evil is not done in those sordid dens of evil that Dickens loved to paint but is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clear, carpeted, warmed, well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. 
- C. S. Lewis 
The greatest evil is done not in sordid dens of crime, or even in concentration camps. In those we
see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered...in clean... warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars... who do not need to raise their voices. 
- C. S. Lewis (perhaps a paraphrase?)
The greatest danger for those who love God and politics is that they would come to see their faith as a means to their political ends. 
- C. S. Lewis (perhaps a paraphrase?)
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. 
- C. S. Lewis
You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. 
- 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 
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. 
- C. S. Lewis

Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know
nothing at all about it and think they have it already.
- George Macdonald, Chapter 9, The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis


[N]o natural feelings are high or low, holy or unholy, in themselves. They are all holy
when God's hand is on the rein. They all go bad when they set up on their own an make 
themselves into false gods. 

- Reginald, Chapter 11, The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis


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.
- George Macdonald, Chapter 9, The Great Divorce, C.S. Lewis