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C.S. Lewis quotes/excerpts

C.S. Lewis wrote The Chronicles of Narnia, Mere Christianity, The Abolition of Man, The Screwtape Letters, Perelandra, and much more.  Next to Francis A. Schaeffer, Karl Barth, Niebuhr, and Berdyaev, he is one of the finest Christian philosophers in history.



Whenever you find a man who says he doesn't believe in a real Right and Wrong, 

you will find the same man going back on this a moment later.




To love involves trusting the beloved beyond the evidence, even against much evidence.




What do people mean when they say, "I am not afraid of God because I know He is good?"  Have they ever been to a dentist?




My idea of God is not a divine idea.  It has to be shattered time after time.  He shatters it Himself.  He is the great iconoclast.




If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.





This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practise ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people.




A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere... God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.




All that we call human history - money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery - [is] the long terrible story 

of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.




...[H]ow can the characters in a play guess the plot?  We are not the playwright, we are not the producer, 

we are not even the audience."




A man who disbelieved the Christian story as fact but continually fed on it as myth would, perhaps, 

be more spiritually alive than one who assented and did not think much about it.











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