CS LEWIS QUOTE ON TEMPTATION

“Temptation is the devil looking through the keyhole. Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.”

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.”

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

“To be tempted is not a sin. To give in to the temptation is.”

“A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie.”

“The only way to deal with a temptation is to yield it.”

“The devil is a liar, and his lies are most effective when they resemble the truth.”

“The greatest temptations are not those that solicit our consent to obvious sin, but those that offer us great evils masking as the greatest goods.”

“Temptation is not a sin; giving in to it is.”

“Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different than it was before.”

“It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us; it is the very sign of his presence.”

“The prayer that precedes all prayers is may it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to.”

“We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs.”

“I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

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

“The great thing is to keep your mind sharp.”

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

“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”

“God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are as much alone with him as if you were the only being he had ever created.”

“Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith. I don’t agree at all.”

“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 great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one’s own, or real life.”

“He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.”

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

“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.”

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

“We are what we believe we are.”

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

“Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that roared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them, we shall find a nest of honey within them.”