Today is C.S. Lewis’ 114th birthday.
In honor of this great thinker, I decided to choose a quote from him for today. However, as I was searching, I couldn’t find just one. There are too many. So I’m listing ten. I’ll let the quotes speak for themselves. After reading through about a hundred Lewis quotes, I’m grossly aware of how little my mind is.
“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.” Mere Christianity
“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.” The Four Loves
“Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.” The Last Battle
“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with him. He walks everywhere incognito.” Letters to Malcolm
“I have learned now that while those who speak about one’s miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.” Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” The Four Loves
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” Perelandra
“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 Problem of Pain
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly 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.” The Horse and His Boy
“Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe