Monday, August 11, 2008

Encouraging Mondays... Tea and Narnia

Anyone for tea with C.S. Lewis?
(along with some fantastic photos of Lewis' desk at The Kilns,
courtesy of Robyn & Perry Granberry.)

Here are some notable quotes from the pen of Clive Staples Lewis, author of many wonderful books for both adults and children including the much-loved Chronicles of Narnia.

  • You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.

  • Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

  • Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.

  • You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.

  • 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.

  • Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.

  • Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.


  1. Love these quotes and have many of them collected in my own book of quotes...the rest I'll snag from you! What a restful moment to read them with the photos of C.S. Lewis's desk to complement the photos. Somehow having a pleasant place to work makes writing, paintiing, anything, go all that much better.

  2. Lovely site! I just happened over by way of Barb's blog, Stamplicity, and low and behold I found a post concerning my favorite Christian Apologist! I just posted about him on my blog so pop on over for a cuppa Darjeeling at the Tea Society....