C.S. Lewis Quotes: 10 Inspirational Quotes from C.S. Lewis

by Tim on February 20, 2012

C.S. Lewis is one of the most inspirational and enlightening Christian theologian and novelist of the 20th century.  I was introduced to C.S. Lewis’ writings during college and read many of his works each year to strengthen my faith.  His perspectives on scripture, faith, and God make you think for yourself and challenges you to think about your faith at a deeper level.

These C.S. Lewis quotes are some of the most inspirational of all his quotes and may be the encouragement you need today.

10 C.S. Lewis Quotes To Inspire You

“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.”

-C.S. Lewis, Weight of Glory

 

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.”

-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

 

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.”

-C.S. Lewis

 

“Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.”

-C.S. Lewis

 

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”

-C.S. Lewis

 

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”

-C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

 

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

-C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

 

“We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it’s there for emergencies but he hopes he’ll never have to use it.”

-C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

 

“Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self…”

-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


 

“Looking for God–or Heaven–by exploring space is like reading or seeing all Shakespeare’s plays in the hope that you will find Shakespeare as one of the characters…”

-C.S. Lewis, The Seeing Eye

Jesus: Liar, Lunatic, or Lord

One of the most powerful passages from Mere Christianity is C.S. Lewis’ response to those who claim that Jesus was merely a ‘great moral teacher, but not God.’  Every time I read this, I’m reminded that we serve the one and only true God who came to save humanity through his son Jesus.

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.

C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity

Must Read C.S. Lewis Books

 Mere Christianity

Chronicles of Narnia

The Problem of Pain

The Screwtape Letters

The Great Divorce

The Weight of Glory

Here’s another article with even more C.S. Lewis Quotes.

 Have you ever read a book by C.S. Lewis?  Which of these C.S. Lewis Quotes is your favorite?

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Thad P @ thadthoughts.com February 20, 2012

An excellent list of Lewis quotes. Like you I read all of his writings in college, but I believe it may be time to read them again. Such a great writer, his impact goes on.

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Pam at MoneyTrail February 20, 2012

I wasn’t aware of some of these books. I will definitely check them out.

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Jeremy @ Modest Money February 20, 2012

I only know the Narnia side of C.S. Lewis. I didn’t realize he did so much Christian writing too. My favorite quote above is one of the non-religious ones though….the one about turning 30. It is strange how at that age we suddenly have to face being adults as if we truly weren’t for the last 10 years or so.

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Wealth Artisan February 21, 2012

Great Post! I haven’t read a ton of CS Lewis’ work, but what I have read, I’ve enjoyed greatly. One quote from CS Lewis that I greatly enjoyed was this:

“You don’t have soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”

I just love that! I think that came from Mere Christianity which I have not yet read. I’ll need to, especially after reading some of the other quotes on here from that book!

Thanks for sharing Tim!

Sincerely,
The Other Timothy

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Mayor of Humbleville February 21, 2012

Greetings Tim!
Great read! I’m a huge C.S. Lewis fan, my favorite being the Chronicles of Narnia. I want to check out the Screwtape Letters, but haven’t had a chance yet. Maybe once I
Humbly Yours,
The Mayor

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Laura February 21, 2012

Must’ve accidently clicked submit too soon. Please disregard the fragment. :)

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Peter February 21, 2012

I love the last quote too, about how Jesus is either a madman, a devil or God. It is so true, if you look at the things he said, there really is not much middle ground..

Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.

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Monica February 21, 2012

This was such a nice way to start the day, and I always find inspiration from C.S. Lewis. I loved the Narnia series as a child, and I have several of his books on my “To Read List,” I just need to make the time to read them :) Thank you for sharing this!

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