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C.S. Lewis Quotes on Love (13 Quotes)


  • For pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • The happiness which God designs for His higher creatures is the happiness of being freely, voluntarily united to Him and to each other in an ecstasy of love and delight compared with which the most rapturous love between a man and a woman on this earth is mere milk and water. And for that they must be free.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • The promise, made when I am in love and because I am in love, to be true to the beloved as long as I live, commits me to being true even if I cease to be in love. A promise must be about things that I can do, about actions: no one can promise to go on feeling in a certain way. He might as well promise to never have a headache or always to feel hungry.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • Every poet and musician and artist, but for Grace, is drawn away from the love of the thing he tells, to the love of the telling till, down in Deep Hell, they cannot be interested in God at all but only in what they say about Him
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • Few men looked on her without becoming, in a certain fashion, her lovers. But it was the kind of love that made them not less true, but truer, to their own wives.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")


  • Did I hate him, then? Indeed, I believe so. A love like that can grow to be nine-tenths hatred and still call itself love.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Till We Have Faces: A Novel of Cupid and Psyche")

  • Is it easy to love God' asks an old author. 'It is easy,' he replies, 'to those who do it.' I have included two Graces under the word Charity. But God can give a third. He can awake in man, towards Himself, a supernatural Appreciative love. This is of all gifts the most to be desired. Here, not in our natural loves, nor even in ethics, lies the true centre of all human and angelic life. With this all things are possible.
    (C.S. Lewis)

  • Friendship is...the sort of love one can imagine between angels.
    (C.S. Lewis)

  • Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them but Love cannot cease to will their removal.
    (C.S. Lewis)

  • To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries avoid all entanglements lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
    (C.S. Lewis)

  • If, as I can't help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.
    (C.S. Lewis)

  • You are told to love your neighbour as yourself. How do you love yourself When I look into my own mind, I find that I do not love myself by thinking myself a dear old chap or having affectionate feelings. I do not think that I love myself because I am particularly good, but just because I am myself and quite apart from my character. I might detest something which I have done. Nevertheless, I do not cease to love myself. In other words, that definite distinction that Christians make between hating sin and loving the sinner is one that you have been making in your own case since you were born. You dislike what you have done, but you don't cease to love yourself. You may even think that you ought to be hanged. You may even think that you ought to go to the Police and own up and be hanged. Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.
    (C.S. Lewis)

  • When the two people who thus discover that they are on the same secret road are of different sexes, the friendship which arises between them will very easily pass may pass in the first half hour into erotic love. Indeed, unless they are physically repulsive to each other or unless one or both already loves elsewhere, it is almost certain to do so sooner or later. And conversely, erotic love may lead to Friendship between the lovers. But this, so far from obliterating the distinction between the two loves, puts it in a clearer light. If one who was first, in the deep and full sense, your Friend, is then gradually or suddenly revealed as also your lover you will certainly not want to share the Beloveds erotic love with any third. But you will have no jealousy at all about sharing the Friendship. Nothing so enriches an erotic love as the discovery that the Beloved can deeply, truly and spontaneously enter into Friendship with the Friends you already had to feel that not only are we two united by erotic love but we three or four or five are all travelers on the same quest, have all a common vision.
    (C.S. Lewis)


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    More C.S. Lewis Quotations (By Book Titles)


    - Mere Christianity
    - Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
    - Screwtape Letters
    - The Chronicles of Narnia
    - The Four Loves
    - The Great Divorce
    - The Horse and His Boy
    - The Last Battle
    - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    - The Magician's Nephew
    - The Screwtape Letters
    - The Silver Chair
    - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
    - Till We Have Faces: A Novel of Cupid and Psyche

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