27 Beautiful Pieces of Inspiration from C. S. Lewis

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.

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

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.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

27 Beautiful Pieces of Inspiration from C. S. Lewis

Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.

You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.

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.

The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

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

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

27 Beautiful Pieces of Inspiration from C. S. Lewis

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

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.

A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride.

Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.

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.

27 Beautiful Pieces of Inspiration from C. S. Lewis

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.

We are what we believe we are.

Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.

With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere.

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.

I think that all things, in their way, reflect heavenly truth, the imagination not least.

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