Here is a selection of quotations from CS Lewis, starting with…
The Future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.
The one thing Christianity can’t be is moderately important: either it’s untrue, in which case it’s of no importance at all, or it’s true, in which case it demands your whole life.
It is so easy to break eggs without making omelets.
Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before.
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.
She’s the sort of woman who lives for others – you can always tell the others by their hunted expression.
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 a 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 patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
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.
It’s so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one.
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.
You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
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Our famous follower in these pages is CS Lewis, known as ‘the apostle to the sceptics’ in 20th century Britain, but his books, including Narnia, are read around the world. He is the author of scholarly books, science fiction, popular theology and his children’s classics, the Chronicles of Narnia. All of them shot through with his imaginative and powerful retelling of the Christian story.
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