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C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” Quotes (16 Quotes)


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  • The sane would do no good if they made themselves mad to help madmen.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • There have been men before à who got so interested in proving the existence of God that they came to care nothing for God himselfà as if the good Lord had nothing to do but to exist. There have been some who were so preoccupied with spreading Christianity that they never gave a thought to Christ.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • There is no other day. All days are present now. This moment contains all moments.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • You cannot love a fellow creature fully till you love God.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")


  • A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • And yet all loneliness, angers, hatreds, envies, and itchings that it contains, if rolled into one single experience and put into the scale against the least moment of the joy that is felt by the least in Heaven, would have no weight that could be registered at all. Bad cannot succeed even in being bad as truly as good is good.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • Either the day must come when joy prevails and all the makes of misery are no longer able to infect it, or else, for ever and ever, the makers of misery can destroy in others the happiness they reject for themselves.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • Every natural love will rise again and live forever in this country: but none will rise again until it has been buried.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • 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")

  • Hell is a state of mind - ye never said a truer word. And every state of mind, left to itself, every shutting up of the creature within the dungeon of its own mind - is, in the end, Hell. But Heaven is not a state of mind. Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly. For all that can be shaken will be shaken and only the unshakeable remains.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • No 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 and make themselves into false gods.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • No people find each other more absurd than lovers
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")

  • Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows. But will you come?
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Great Divorce")


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