Top 12 C.S. Lewis Quotes

CS Lewis was probably the most quotable Christian of the past century. I dare say that every second book in a Christian bookstore has at least one quote from the great thinker.

I have been looking for an excuse to publish some of my favorite CS Lewis quotes. Well today, February 9th, just happens to be the 68th anniversary of the publication of Lewis’s classic The Screwtape Letters. Lewis once said that Screwtape was his least enjoyable book to write. If you’ve read it you’ll not be surprised.

I actually had a difficult time finding quotes from Screwtape – I have just one, perhaps you can think of others – but it was easy to find pearls from his other works. Here are 12 of my favorites.

1. “100 per cent of us die, and the percentage cannot be increased.”

~ The Weight of Glory (1949)

2. “Badness is only spoiled goodness.”

~ The Case for Christianity (1943)

3. “Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.”

~ The World’s Last Night (1960)

4. “Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it.”

~ The Case for Christianity (1943)

5. “Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment.”

~ The Problem of Pain (1940)

6. “No good work is done anywhere without aid from the Father of Lights.”

~ Reflections on the Psalms (1958)

7. “The universe rings true wherever you fairly test it.”

~ Surprised by Joy (1955)

8. “All that we call human history – money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery – [is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”

~ Mere Christianity (1952)

9. “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

~ Mere Christianity (1952)

10. “Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst.”

~ Reflections on the Psalms (1958)

11. “Looking for God – or Heaven – by exploring space is like reading or seeing all Shakespeare’s plays in the hope that you will find Shakespeare as one of the characters…”

~ ‘The Seeing Eye’, Christian Reflections (1967: 150)

12. “Some people probably think of the Resurrection as a desperate last moment expedient to save the Hero from a situation which had got out of the Author’s control.”

~ Miracles (1947)

Given the occasion, here is a bonus quote from The Screwtape Letters


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

~ The Screwtape Letters (1942)

1 Comment on Top 12 C.S. Lewis Quotes

  1. Athena Stockwell // August 9, 2012 at 4:10 am // Reply

    Dearest Paul (and love to the lovely Camilla and your adorable children),
    I miss you all! This is a fantastic website and I have to confess that I’ve only just discovered it. I have a few C.S. Lewis quotes saved on my blackberry. I LOVED your ones. I’ll add them to mine. The ones I have are:
    1) “Whatever men expect, they soon come to think they have a right to; the sense of disappointment can, with very little skill on our part, be turned into a sense of injury.” Screwtape to Wormwood in “The Screwtape Letters”
    2) “There is no good applying to heaven for earthly comfort. Heaven can give heavenly comfort; no other kind. And earth cannot give earthly comfort either. There is no earthly comfort in the long run.” From “The Four Loves”
    3) “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” From ??? I wish I could remember!
    Much love to all the family and God bless,
    Athena xxxxx

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