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

  • Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. ... We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means-the only complete realist.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • We need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. The only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less than perfection.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")

  • It was very hard work. They had to stoop under branches and climb over branches, and they blundered through great masses of stuff like rhododendrons and tore their clothes and got their feet wet in the stream; and still there was no noise at all except the noises they where making themselves.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia")

  • I'm hunger. I'm thirst. Where I bite, I hold till I die, and even after death they must cut out my mouthful from my enemy's body and bury it with me. I can fast a hundred years and not die. I can lie a hundred nights on the ice and not freeze. I can drink a river of blood and not burst. Show me your enemies.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Chronicles of Narnia")


  • 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")

  • Father! Can I box him? Please!
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Horse and His Boy")

  • It was a full moon and, shining on all the snow, it made everything almost as bright as day -- only the shadows were rather confusing.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe")

  • This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe")

  • He cannot ravish; He can only woo.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • The game is to have them all running about with fire extinguishers when there is a flood, and all crowding to that side of the boat which is already nearly gunwale under.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Screwtape Letters")

  • Even in this world of course it is the stupidest children who are most childish and the stupidest grown-ups who are most grown-up.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Silver Chair")

  • In your world, I have another name. You should know me by it.
    (C.S. Lewis, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader")

  • I was with book, as a woman is with child.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Till We Have Faces: A Novel of Cupid and Psyche")

  • God is the only comfort, He is also the supreme terror: the thing we most need and the thing we most want to hide from. He is our only possible ally, and we have made ourselves His enemies. Some people talk as if meeting the gaze of absolute goodness would be fun. They need to think again. They are still only playing with religion. Goodness is either the great safety or the great danger - according to the way you react to it. And we have reacted the wrong way.
    (C.S. Lewis, "Mere Christianity")


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