In the almost fifty-two years since Clive Staples Lewis passed into heaven, his works have been shared, quoted, debated, and read around the world. Lewis had a way of writing about the truths of Scripture with profound meaning and left a strong legacy within the Christian church and influence outside of it.
Here are a few quotes for us to think on today, quotes that point us not only to the incredible gift of C.S. Lewis’s writing, but to the Giver of it.
“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.” ― Mere Christianity
“Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” ― Letters to An American Lady
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” ―The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses
“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go God’s love for us does not.” ― C.S. Lewis
“Remember He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can’t see it. So quietly submit to be painted—i.e., keep fulfilling all the obvious duties of your station (you really know quite well enough what they are!), asking forgiveness for each failure and then leaving it alone.You are in the right way. Walk—don’t keep on looking at it.” ―The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume lll: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963
“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” ― C.S. Lewis
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even 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. To love is to be vulnerable.” ―The Four Loves
“There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.” ― The Great Divorce
“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” ― C.S. Lewis
“It was when I was happiest that I longed most…The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing…to find the place where all the beauty came from.” ― Till We Have Faces
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” ― The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe