How, then, it may be asked, can we either reach or avoid Him? The avoiding, in many times and places, has proved so difficult that a very large part of the human race failed to achieve it. But in our own time and place it is extremely easy. Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money, sex, status, health and (above all) on your own grievances. Keep the radio on. Live in a crowd. Use plenty of sedation. If you must read books, select them very carefully. But you’d be safer to stick to the papers. You’ll find the advertisements helpful; especially those with a sexy or a snobbish appeal.
— C. S. Lewis, from Christian Reflections, kindle location 2963
To be ignorant and simple now—not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground— would be to throw down our weapons and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.
— C. S. Lewis, quoted in Scaling the Secular City by J. P. Moreland, Foreword
To trust Him means, of course, trying to do all that he says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice.
— C. S. Lewis, quoted by Greg Koukl in The Story of Reality, kindle location 2152
You must picture me alone in that room at Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? The words compelle intrare, compel them to come in, have been so abused by wicked men that we shudder at them; but, properly understood, they plumb the depth of the Divine mercy. The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.
— C. S. Lewis, from Surprised by Joy, kindle Locations 3035
Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books.
— C. S. Lewis, quoted on The Constructive Curmudgeon, Douglas Groothuis’ blog
My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust? Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too…
— C. S. Lewis, quoted in False Gods of Our Time by Norman Geisler, p. 59
I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of my life to press on to that other country and to help others do the same.
— C. S. Lewis, from Mere Christianity, p. 121
What we do when we weed a field is not quite different from what we do when we pray for a good harvest.
— C. S. Lewis, quoted in Love Your God With All Your Mind by J. P. Moreland, kindle location 2089
Think what a totally different morality would mean. Think of a country where people were admired for running away in battle, or where a man felt proud of double-crossing all the people who had been kindest to him. You might just as well imagine a country were two and two made five.
— C. S. Lewis, quoted in How to Be Your Own Selfish Pig by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, p. 51
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.
— C. S. Lewis, quoted in the Office of the President letter, Summit Ministries, December 03, 2009