Clive Staples Lewis is one of my favourite authors and has been since my dad read his classic, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” to my sister and I on a family holiday over 30 years ago.

A noted academic at Oxford and Cambridge, he had a brilliant intellect and the ability to tell compelling, thought-provoking stories that still capture the imagination, much like his good friend, J.R.R. Tolkien, who was largely responsible for converting C.S Lewis to Christianity.  His faith was an extremely influential part of his writing, resulting in Christian classics such as “Mere Christianity” and  “The Screwtape Letters.”

There are hundreds of quotes that I could have chosen, but I have kept this list to just 10 in the hope that you will add your favourite at the bottom as well if you have one.

Anyway, here are my favourite C.S. Lewis quotes:

“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.”

“The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”

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

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

“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.”

“Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter but darker.”

“Do not dare not to dare.” (I’ve written about this one here)

“Make your choice, adventurous Stranger,
Strike the bell and bide the danger,
Or wonder, till it drives you mad,
What would have followed if you had.”

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

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

That’s my list, some are well known and some are more obscure, and keeping the list to just 10 was harder than I thought as he is so prolific with his writing.

Do you have any other C.S. Lewis quotes that you would like to add to the list?

If not, feel free to share your favourite book of his.

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