Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.


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.


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.




The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.


If God is Love, He is, by definition something more than mere kindness. And it appears, from all the records, that though He has often rebuked us and condemned us, He has never regarded us with contempt. He has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense.


Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.


God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.


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.


A cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to Hell than a prostitute.


Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it.


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


The world does not consist of 100 percent Christians and 100 percent non-Christians. There are people (a great many of them) who are slowly ceasing to be Christians but who still call themselves by that name: some of them are clergymen. There are other people who are slowly becoming Christians though they do not yet call themselves so.


Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.


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.


If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.


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.


Man is not the centre. God does not exist for the sake of man. Man does not exist for his own sake.


If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.


作者:C.S. 路易斯

克利夫·斯特普尔斯·刘易斯(英语:Clive Staples Lewis,1898年11月29日-1963年11月22日),通称C·S·刘易斯(C.S. Lewis)或鲁益师,其朋友及家人昵称他为杰克(Jack),出生于北爱尔兰首府贝尔法斯特,但长年居住于英格兰,是威尔士裔英国知名作家、诗人及护教家。他以儿童文学作品《纳尼亚传奇》而闻名于世[1],此外还有神学论文、中世纪文学研究等诸多著作。 刘易斯是英国另一知名作家J·R·R·托尔金的好友,他们曾同在牛津大学任教。