15 Thought Provoking Quotes From C.S. Lewis

22 Nov


I was just finishing reading The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis this morning, when my Twitter feed lit up with the nation stumbling over itself to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy.

Then, a lone tweet from @winstoncoolidge stood out in my timeline. “So today we hear about old people reminiscing about where they were when C.S. Lewis died.” Huh?! What? By Aslan’s mane, it’s the 50th anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, too! I literally discovered this with a C.S. Lewis book in my hand. (If that’s any indication of how much of a fan I am…)

Now I’m no soul-reader, but I think it’s fairly safe to say that the death of C.S. Lewis, just a few days shy of his 65th birthday, isn’t one to be too heavily mourned. I mean, I think we’re all fairly sure where he’s ended up.

A modern day literary saint meeting his maker isn’t something to mourn. It’s something to celebrate! So celebrate I shall.

C.S. Lewis is BY FAR one of my all time favorite authors.  An intellectual and an apologist, he used fairy tales, mythology, poetry, science fiction, children’s stories and scholarly essays to communicate the depths of truth. What’s not to love? He’s worth reading and rereading and then reading again.


So without further ado! Here are some literary morsels to chew on in celebration of the life of C.S. Lewis. (Oh, yeah, and sorry you died too JFK…)

1. 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.

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

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

C.S._Lewis4. 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.’

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

6. Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

7. 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.

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

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

10. 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.

11. Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.

cs-lewis (2)12. The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career.

13. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

14. The magic is not in the medicine but in the patients body. What the doctor does is stimulate Nature’s functions in the body, or to remove hinderances. In a sense, though we speak of healing a cut, every cut heals itself; no dressing will make skin grow over a cut on a corpse.

15. No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.


9 Responses to “15 Thought Provoking Quotes From C.S. Lewis”

  1. Tom Randall November 23, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    Wow…I remember learning about his date of death awhile back, but then forgot it and now am reminded. Thanks for that! 😀

    The Great Divorce: good read.

    I’m trying to pick a “fav” from the list you provided, but they are all great quotes….hmmm.

    #11. “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” That’s a good one. There was a time when I was “too old” and now I am old enough. 🙂

    Sorry if this is kinda choppy. Long, exhaustive day at work.

    • gynjii November 23, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

      LOL your choppy exhaustion induced post is pretty much my overall basic writing style on a daily basis 😉

      I am actually partial to that quote too. My husband and I are both so in love with fairy tales. Our whole motto for cosplay is the song Ever Ever After from Disney’s Enchanted, especially the line, “Sometime you reach whats real just by making believe.”

  2. Suzi November 23, 2013 at 12:19 am #

    Wow! Those really make you work your brain, huh?

    • gynjii November 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      I don’t understand how this man could be so profound, while using everyday language that appeals to the common man. How he do?!

  3. unawarebutunderlined November 23, 2013 at 2:38 am #


  4. ORPO1 November 23, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Reblogged this on Among The Joshua Trees.

    • gynjii November 23, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      Thank you!!! Love your blog!

      • ORPO1 November 23, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

        Anytime Kiddo!
        Yours blog is a really good one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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