Thursday, November 17, 2011

Quotes by C.S. Lewis

A lady at my bible study shared a quote by C.S. Lewis that I wanted to include in my annual Christmas letter. I just went online to find it and holy smokes I was amazed by all the great quotes to capture!  I have only read one of his books and am currently reading another (one of many books in progress), but this man is genius.  I wish I could string words together so poetically as him!  Nevermind the wisdom!
I found the following quotes gathered at this site.
This is only from page 1.  I had to stop because I found so many good ones.  Clearly I need to read more literature by this man!  I wanted a reference page for myself and it was too good not to share.


“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” 


“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” 


“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” 


“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” 

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” 


“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” 


“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. ” 


“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” 

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