C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

No one ever told me grief felt so much like fear.

We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.

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

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.

To love at all is to be vulnerable.

I believe in God like I believe in the sun, not because I can see it, but because of it all things are seen.

A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered.

Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.

No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear.

The trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes.

Pride is a spiritual Cancer: It eats up the very possibilty of love, or contentment, or even common sense.

It still remains true that no justification of virtue will enable a man to be virtuous.

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey \people.\" People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war.... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest...."

This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practise ourselves the kind of behaviour we expect from other people.

Badness is only spoiled goodness.

The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike.