C.S. LEWIS THE WEIGHT OF GLORY QUOTES

“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.”

“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.”

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

“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.”

“Joy is the serious business of heaven.”

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'”

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

“We are not told that suffering is a virtue, but that patience is.”

“There is no safe investment. To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to 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.”

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.”

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”

“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”

“To love at all is to be vulnerable.”

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”

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

“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.”

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

“There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.”

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

“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. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

“No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.”

“Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal.”

“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.”

“We do not want merely to see beauty… We want something else which can hardly be put into words-to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.”

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

“The weight of glory, not comfort, is the true subject of our thought.”

“To have faith in Christ means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you believed a man if you did not try to do what he said.”