27 Superb Quotes and Thoughts By C.S. Lewis

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  1. A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.
  2. Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
  3. An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
  4. Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
  5. Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
  6. Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
  7. Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.
  8. Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
  9. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
  10. How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.
  11. Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
  12. I gave in, and admitted that God was God.
  13. I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.
  14. It’s so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.
  15. Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time.
  16. Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.
  17. No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.
  18. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
  19. Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
  20. The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not.
  21. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
  22. There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them.
  23. We are what we believe we are.
  24. What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.
  25. With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.
  26. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
  27. You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.