C. S. Lewis published his first work in 1919 and went on to author more than 70 books the most famous being The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity. Countless Christians have been inspired by his life and writing.
His quotes inspire me. Lewis knew life’s difficulties. His childhood faith rejected in college, describing himself as “the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.” Christian friend, J. R. R. Tolkien, and others faithfully walked beside him answering doubt-filled questions and sharing the hope they held until 1929 he “gave in and admitted God is God,” and in 1931 became a follower of Jesus.
Clive Staples Lewis
Born on November 29, 1898, in Belfast Ireland, C.S. Lewis was a British novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist.
His writing continues to faithfully point readers to truths of God and the hope of Jesus.
Favorite Quotes about Life, Hope, and Relying on God
“God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion. God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.”
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Psalm 8:3–4
“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.”
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”
The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. Psalm 19:1
Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth. Psalm 108:5
“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”
“Affliction is often that thing which prepares an ordinary person for some sort of an extraordinary destiny.”
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[e] being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 2 Corinthians 4:16–17
“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.”
“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. Colossians 3:1–2
“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”
“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” ~George MacDonald (often attributed to Lewis as he spoke on the idea so often.)
Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls. 2 Peter 2:25
“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our natural lives.”
“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?”
Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. Romans 7:24–25
“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”
Life. Hope. And Relying on God.
Encouragement from someone who knew heartache and hardship.