Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations (CCSLQ)

Updated: 11/11/2017

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The following serves as an OVERVIEW for a series begun in late August, 2015. Updates were initially done weekly, but are now the first weekend of every month.  There is also a group on Facebook I started that you are welcome to join. 

As you might guess from the title, the focus is on exploring questionable quotations attributed to C.S. Lewis. While I’ve written and spoken on the topic previously, this will be the “go to” place to find out the results of whether or not a quote claiming to be from Lewis is actually by him. 

This page serves as the “table of contents” to quickly find a quote that either has been, or will be examined.

Below are the links to the actual articles. If there is no link yet then that means the article hasn’t been released yet.

Also note that because a quote is listed below it doesn’t necessarily mean it is NOT from Lewis. As the result of my investigations  I’ve come up with three types, or categories that are explained in my INTRODUCTION to Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations article. So, be sure to follow the link to understand the alternative results.

If you are on Facebook and what to keep track of things there, then join my group called Confirming C.S. Lewis Quotations.

Additionally, I’ve done two articles that summarized the most visited posts. The first features the Top 5 Questionable Lewis Quotes for 2015 (from among the first sixteen articles I wrote). Then in late 2016 I did a Top 10 Questionable Lewis Quotes from twenty-nine posts that were done up to that point.

Finally, if you are of an audio person, then consider listening to a series of podcasts I created that deal with this topic, as well as a few misconceptions about Lewis. 


The Questionable Quotes

Select whichever quotation you will like to learn more about why it is questionable. In some cases it either close to what Lewis actually said, or the context makes it *questionable* to share because it could be misunderstood.



  1. “God always allows us to feel the frailty of human love so we’ll appreciate the strength of His.”
  2. “You won’t get credit for bowing when standing isn’t an option.”
  3. “Reality looked at steadily is unbearable.”
  4. “The Grotesque is a ridge from which one can descend into very different valleys.”
  5. “Repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”
  6. “Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.”
  7. “A little lie is like a little pregnancy-it doesn’t take long before everyone knows.”
  8. “C.S. Lewis remarked that the goal of the Left is to ‘make pornography public and religion private.’”
  9. “The grand point is not to wear the garb, nor use the brogue of religion, but to process the life of God within, and feel and think as Jesus would have done because of that inner life. Small is the value of extended religion, unless it is the outcome of a life within.”
  10. “Loving everybody in general may be an excuse for loving nobody in particular.”
  11. “A woman’s heart should be so close to God that a man should have to chase Him to find her.”
  12. “If you love deeply, you’re going to get hurt badly. But it’s still worth it.”
  13. “No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.”
  14. “Life is too deep for words, so don’t try to describe it, just live it.”
  15. “On the back of Satan’s neck is a nail scarred footprint.”
  16. “There are, by best estimates, currently approximately eight billion people in the world. Each person is unique; each person has a purpose; each person extraordinary. We always must watch ourselves when we begin to believe someone is ordinary.”
  17. “Let’s pray that the human race never escapes from Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.”
  18. “Life with God is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.”
  19. “In your life you meet people. Some you never think about again. Some, you wonder what happened to them. There are some that you wonder if they ever think about you. And then there are some that you wish you never have to think about again. But you do.”
  20. “Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.”
  21. “What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”
  22. “We are what we believe we are.”
  23. “Everything that is not eternal is worthless in eternity.”
  24. “We meet no ordinary people in our lives.”
  25. “Reason is the natural order of truth, but imagination is the organ of meaning.”
  26. “The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth – the very thing the whole story has been about.”
  27. “I want God. Not my idea of God.”
  28. “God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons that we could learn in no other way.”
  29. “Men became scientific because they expected Law in Nature, and they expected Law in Nature because they believed in a Law Giver. ”
  30. “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.”