(CCSLQ-32) – Fixated on Politics

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month (or sometimes the second if there are five Saturdays). There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series.   


Fixated on Politics“Be sure that the patient remains completely fixated on politics…”

Many of you are likely aware that around early October, 2016 a lengthy quotation claiming to be from The Screwtape Letters made the rounds of social media. Here’s a screenshot of it:

Fake Screwtape on Politics

There was actually another version of it, where only the ending was different. The last part, after “Keep up the good work” was this: “Uncle Screwtape. — ‘Screwtape Letters’ by C.S. Lewis ~1942.” Trouble is the only accurate elements from the piece are the beginning and the end!

(CCSLQ-31) – Hell Rejoices

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month (or sometimes the second if there are five Saturdays). There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series.   


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“My prayer is that when I die, all of hell rejoices that I am out of the fight.”

My immediate thought after reading the above quotation was “does Hell ever ‘rejoice?'” That word, like hallelujah, has more of a Christian meaning to it. Lewis, who was very careful about how he used words in their proper sense, would not have likely used “rejoice” as something the demons in Hell would do.

(CCSLQ-30) – Be Weird, Be Random

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month (or sometimes the second if there are five Saturdays). There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series.   


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“Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you
never know who would love the person you hide.”

Is there anyone else who is exactly like you? Of course not! Even if you have a twin sibling, that person is different from you in a variety of ways. Sadly, some do not feel like the unique person God created them to be. That’s why I think the above quotation appeals to so many. It encourages them to take the risk to act differently. Beyond the possible meaning of the expression how do we know C.S. Lewis didn’t write it?

Top 10 Questionable Lewis Quotes

top-10-pictureAt the beginning of 2016 I posted an article called Top 5 Questionable Lewis Quotes for 2015. Since then I’ve covered nearly twice as many more quotations (almost thirty) credited to Lewis that may or may not be from him. Also, recently I had a sharp increase of visitors to my site after an article by Gina Dalfonzo called Remaking Lewis. As a result, I thought it would be useful to list the top ten quotes since I started Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations (CCSLQ) about fourteen months ago. The ranking is based on the number of visits to the individual pages.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts on this issue then you know I’ve come up with three categories for the results of my investigation. If not, then be sure to read my INTRODUCTION to Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations article.

So, the following are the ten most popular posts about questionable Lewis quotations and whether or not the quotes are from him. Please note that only the main part of the article for each post is shared below. You’ll need to visit the original story to see an additional component found with most of the posts that shared the closest material Lewis did write related to the topic (or better quotations if he did, but the context makes it better if the questionable one is shared).  You can follow the link (in the title of the quote) to read the original post. Finally, for a complete list of questionable quotations (that is updated as I add a new article) can be found on the series overview page.

(CCSLQ-29) – Song in Your Heart

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month (or second if there are five Saturdays). There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series.   


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“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”

This is a quotation I hadn’t seen until John Trainer asked me about it on September 24, 2016 via Facebook. You might recall his name, as one of his quotes is falsely attributed to Lewis. It was the tenth in this series, about children not being a distraction. Lewis has written on the topic of friendship specifically in The Four Loves, but the above quotation isn’t found there (and it’s not in his other works either). However, there is a similar expression found online attributed to another person.

(CCSLQ-28) – Happiness Depend On

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series. 


Happiness Depend On“Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”

Lewis penned many great lines in The Four Loves that challenge our thinking about what Scripture calls “a more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). However, the above expression does not mean what most people think and thus it should not be shared by itself. It might sound like a call to shun earthly pleasures. Indeed, generally speaking one’s happiness should not be based on temporary things. The context, however, reveals a different meaning.

(CCSLQ-27) – Make Your Choice

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series. 


Make Your Choice“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.”

Here’s yet another quotation that lands on the questionable radar because of context issues. Notice two things about this quote; first, the above picture is actually from the official Narnia website. Specifically it was posted on their Facebook and Twitter accounts on July 21, 2014! So, even usually reliable sources can not always be counted on. Second is the fact that usually the longer version (shown below the above picture) is what you find other places.

(CCSLQ-26) – Only Believe

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series. 


Only Believe

“You can’t know. You can only believe – or not.”

I’m sure there will be many to complain about me questioning this quotation. After all, it is clearly attributed to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, one of the books from The Chronicles of Narnia. Indeed it is from the thirteenth chapter entitled “The Three Sleepers,” and it is quoted correctly. So, what’s my problem with this quotation?

(CCSLQ-24) – Bottomless Sea

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series. 


Bottomless Sea “Try to remember that the ‘bottomless sea’ can’t hurt us as long as we keep on swimming.”

This IS a statement Lewis wrote. You probably see the reason it is not so great by itself. Alone it sounds like a cliché expression that Lewis wouldn’t make. “Keep on swimming?” For how long? Personally, I’m a terrible swimmer, so I can’t “keep on” for very long.

(CCSLQ-22) – Don’t Shine

This is part of a series exploring quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis that are questionable for one reason or another. Presently a new article is posted the first Saturday of each month. There is an “at a glance” page HERE to quickly see what has been posted so far in this series. Also, if you haven’t already, be sure to read the INTRODUCTION to this series. 


Don't Shine
“Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him.”

Who would disagree with a sentiment like this? After all it sounds a lot like something in the Bible. Specifically, this idea is found in Matthew 5:16 – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (NIV) In fact, the above quotation sounds more like someone was trying to remember that verse, or paraphrasing it.

Thus, this is another of those great quotations that someone must have thought would mean more if it was credited to someone famous (without being aware of how similar it was to the Bible). In addition to confirming it was not found in any of the available electronic Lewis works, I checked Google Books and there were no results for it at all. Not even any books claiming it was from Lewis.