Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . ."
What can be better than to get out a book on Saturday afternoon and thrust all mundane considerations away till next week.
The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be aveng
We are not meant to be perpetually solemn: We must play.
He (God) loved us not because we are lovable, but because He is love.
Safety and happiness can only come from individuals, classes, and nations being honest and fair and kind to each other.
Satan, the leader or dictator of devils, is the opposite, not of God, but of Michael.
In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not.
Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.
God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man. It is not like teaching a horse to jump better and better but like turning a horse into a winged creature.
Do you mean to say," asked Caspian, "that you three come from a round world (round like a ball) and you've never told me! It's really too bad for you. Because we have fairy-tales in which there are round worlds and I have always loved them â€¦ Have you ever been to the parts where people walk about
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 life to press on to that other country and to help others to do the same.
The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
Child,' said the Lion, 'I am telling you your story, not hers. No one is told any story but their own.
Nothing is more characteristically juvenile than contempt for juvenility. . . youth's characteristic chronological snobbery.
The doctrine of the Second Coming teaches us that we do not and cannot know when the world drama will end. The curtain may be rung down at any moment: say, before you have finished reading this paragraph.
It would be nice and fairly nearly true, to say that 'from that time forth, Eustace was a different boy.' To be strictly accurate, he began to be a different boy. He had relapses. There were still many days when he could be very tiresome. But most of those I shall not notice. The cure had begun.
Imagine a set of people all living in the same building. Half of them think it is a hotel, the other half think it is a prison. Those who think it a hotel might regard it as quite intolerable, and those who thought it was a prison might decide that it was really surprisingly comfortable. So that wha
If one has to choose between reading the new books and reading the old, one must choose the old: not because they are necessarily better but because they contain precisely those truths of which our own age is neglectful.
We are not living in a world where all roads are radii if a circle and where all, if followed long enough, will therefore draw gradually nearer and finally meet at the centre: rather in a world where every road, after a few miles, forks into two, and each of those into two again, and at each fork yo
This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.
Falling in love is something that happens to us, being is love is something we do. No passion is self preservatory.
This must be a simply enormous wardrobe!
Above all else , the devil can not stand to be mocked.
But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.
For in self-giving, if anywhere, we touch a rhythm not only of all creation but of all being.
To admire Satan [in Paradise Lost] is to give one's vote not only for a world of misery, but also for a world of lies and propaganda, of wishful thinking, of incessant autobiography.
Emeth speaking of Aslan, "Beloved, said the Glorious One, unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek...And since then, O Kings and Ladies, I have been wandering to find him and my happiness is so great that it even weakens m
All human beings pass away. Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose. If love is to be a blessing, not a misery, it must be for the only beloved who will never pass away.
I was driven to Whipsnade one sunny morning. When we set out I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did. Yet I had not exactly spent the journey in thought. Nor in great emotion. â€œEmotionalâ€ is perhaps the last word we can apply to some of the most im