C S Lewis Love Quotes and Sayings
2. Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.
3. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
4. This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as Jack, was an Irish-born British novelist, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist. He is also known for his fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy.
Sayings by C S Lewis
1. Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
2. An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason.
3. Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
4. Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say “infinitely” when you mean “very”; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.
5. Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
6. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
7. Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.
8. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
9. Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
10. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.
11. It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
12. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
13. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.
14. We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
15. We are what we believe we are.
16. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
17. You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
18. What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what kind of a person you are.
19. The very man who has argued you down, will sometimes be found, years later, to have been influenced by what you said.
20. I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.
21. If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
22. Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.
23. You play the hand you’re dealt. I think the game’s worthwhile.
24. When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.
25. Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.
26. Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.
27. Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it.
28. There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.
29. I do not think the forest would be so bright, nor the water so warm, nor love so sweet, if there were no danger in the lakes. (Out of the Silent Planet, 1938)