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C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” Quotes (29 Quotes)


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  • Humour is...the all-consoling and...the all-excusing, grace of life.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • The pleasure of novelty is by its very nature more subject than any other to the laws of diminishing returns.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • I do not expect old heads on young shoulders.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • The use of fashions in thought is to distract men from their real dangers. We direct the fashionable outcry of each generation against those vices of which it is in the least danger, and fix its approval on the virtue that is nearest the vice which we are trying to make endemic. The game is to have them all running around with fire extinguishers whenever there's a flood; and all crowding to that side of the boat which is already nearly gone under.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • I do wish Slumtrimpet could do something about undermining that young woman's sense of the ridiculous.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")


  • There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human's mind against the Enemy. He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,...Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives with the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • It is always the novice who exaggerates.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • When they have really learned to love their neighbours as themselves, they will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbours.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • It is in some ways more troublesome to track and swat an evasive wasp than to shoot, at close range, a wild elephant. But the elephant is more troublesome if you miss.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • Whenever all men are...hastening to be slaves or tyrants we make Liberalism the prime bogey.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • Prosperity knits a man to the world. He feels that he is finding his place in it, while really it is finding its place in him.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • Provided that any of those neighbours sing out of tune or have boots that squeak, or double chins, or odd clothes, the patient will quite easily believe that their religion must therefore be somehow ridiculous.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • She's the sort of woman who lives for others - you can tell the others by their hunted expression.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")


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