Tuesday, August 28, 2012

this man-

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man... It is the comparison that makes you proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.” 

“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.” 

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.” 

“God can't give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.” 

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” 

“Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.” 

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.” 

“Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning...”

“Crying is all right in its own way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.”

“I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” 

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

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” 

“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.” 

“Things never happen the same way twice.” 

“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” 

“You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you," said the Lion.”

“I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him.” 

“Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.”

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” 

“Give me all of you!!! I don’t want so much of your time, so much of your talents and money, and so much of your work. I want YOU!!! ALL OF YOU!! I have not come to torment or frustrate the natural man or woman, but to KILL IT! No half measures will do. I don’t want to only prune a branch here and a branch there; rather I want the whole tree out! Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self---in my image. Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.”

“When you argue against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.”

“Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart.” 

“For you will certainly carry out God's purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.”

“I know now, Lord, why you utter no answer. You are yourself the answer. Before your face questions die away. What other answer would suffice?”

-C.S. Lewis


  1. Wow...Lewis is def a favorite of mine!

  2. The man was a genius to say the least. He had such a way with words that he could make even the most complicated subjects and thoughts easy to understand.

  3. And the analogies he uses are amazing..."like cutting off the very branch you're sitting on" and so forth...one incredible brain!

  4. Indeed. He was extremely gifted with not just thinking outside of the box, but realizing that there was no box.. =)

  5. Exactly...=)
    Thanks, Hannah, for this post!

  6. I really loved the one about God teaching us things we wouldn't have learned any other way. It reminds me of a situation that I just went through ♥


  7. One of my favorites as well... and so true. :)


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