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C.S. Lewis Bio and Quotes

Updated on January 8, 2014

C. S. Lewis Biography

C. S. Lewis is one of my favorite writers. I read him as a child and again as an adult. His writings are suited for both the capacity of the imagination of a child and the adult mind. I can remember spending many hours underneath the covers with my trusty flashlight traveling though Narnia and to lands untold. His writing brought me, and many others to the ends of our imaginations. He was able to take simple everyday items and transform them into portals to another world.He is one of the visionary writers that fed my imagination and began my love of words.

Born Clive Staples Lewis in Belfast, Ireland on November 29, 1898, he was raised in a religious family and attended the Church of Ireland. At 15 he turned away from religion and proclaimed himself an atheist at 15. Lewis moved with his family to England and attended Oxford College where he received honors. He then began a thirty year career teaching as a fellow (a group of educated people who work together for the pursuit of learning) at Magdhlen College, Oxford. He also taught as a Professor at Cambridge University.

Eventually he returned to a belief in God and lectured widely on the case for a belief in God. He also wrote books on the subject. He was also a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien for many years. Later in life he married a fellow writer named Jane Moore who died 4 years after they were married of cancer. Lewis died the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the same day that Aldous Huxley, who wrote the acclaimed book Brave New World. Media attention was minimal.

C. S. Lews at work


C. S. Lewis Books

Books by C. S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia Set- Fantasy

Letters to Children-Children’s book

The Screwtape Letters-Fantasy, Fiction

The Space Trilogy Books-Science Fiction

The Four Loves-Human love

The Great Divorce-Fiction

Mere Christianity –Christianity, Faith

Studies in Words- All about words and there meanings over time

There are many more books, letters, and collections of essay available written by C.S. Lewis. I found a list on Amazon of his works for affordable prices. He wrote on many subjects, including Medieval History. He was an interesting man and a fabulous writer. I hope you enjoy his works and I hope I have interested you enough to look into his writings further.

C S Lewis: My Life's Journey: David Payne recalling the life of C S Lewis Very Amusing!

Books on Amazon by C S Lewis

C. S. Lewis Quotes

Here are some of my favorite quotes from C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis on writing

“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already”

“You can make anything by writing”

“Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else”

“Don't say it was delightful; make us say delightful when we've read the description. You see, all those words horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite are only like saying to your readers please will you do the job for me”

“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come”

“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.”

C. S. Lewis on Courage

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality become”

“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear”

C. S. Lewis on Faith and prayer

“It’s much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one”

“Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done

Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in, aim at Earth and you will get neither”

“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself”

C. S. Lewis on people

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations - these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit - immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously - no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption”

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another; What? You too? I thought I was the only one”

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    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      4 years ago from California

      Rev. Akins I think he was one of the most imaginative writers of our time. The Narnia series is loved by young and old. I loved this series when I was a child and it was a great way for me to escape into a wonderful world where lions could talk (ha ha). I still enjoy him today. I think you will enjoy most of his works. I try to encourage people to read his works, especially kids because I hope that it will inspire them into a life long love of reading like it has with me. Thank you for reading my hub.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      4 years ago from California

      Inspired Heart thank you for reading my hub. Yes when you write you need to write about what interests you or it will show in your work, won't it?

      I love to read his quotes there are many of them, these are some of my favorite.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you for your comments Faith. I love his work and he seemed like such an interesting person. I appreciate you taking time to read my hub. I am glad you enjoyed.

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      Rev. Akins 

      4 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      C.S. Lewis has been one of my favorite "go to" authors for years. My favorite is still Screwtape Letters. The Narnia series I actually read as an adult and was fascinated by how well they are written for kids (language) and adults (content). He was a great author. Enjoyed the Hub, thanks!

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      Yvette Stupart 

      4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks for your hub on the life of C.S. Lewis. I agree with him, "Write about what really interests you ..." I am starting to do just that in my writing, with greater results.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      What a stellar hub here you have written. I love C. S. Lewis and now you have reminded me I need to share his works with my grands. I loved Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters ... well all really. His quotes are great and like no other.

      Wow, I learned so much about his life here in your wonderful hub.

      Voted up and more, pinning, tweeting and sharing

      God bless,

      Faith Reaper

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      @wayseeker I love C S Lewis. His work is fabulous. I have his daily quotes sent to my Ipad daily. I always read them and ponder. They are very inspirational for life and writing. Thanks again for the positive feedback and sharing I appreciate it.

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      6 years ago from Colorado

      Ah, the joy of CS Lewis. These are great quotes! I'll be using a few in my LA teaching soon. Love the one about description and words like "horrible" etc.

      You got nice writing going on here. Thanks for sharing it!


      Voted up and interesting!

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      mattbradp Thanks for reading and commenting. He was a brilliant writer. Thanks again

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      6 years ago

      I loved his book when I was young and it's interesting to read about his biography!

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      I think as parents we should show our children quality literature like the works of C C Lewis and others too. Thank you for the comment, I appreciate you taking the time.

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      Samantha Gold 

      6 years ago

      C.S.Lewis is a favorite of mine and an all time favorite for my husband and children. My children still love when we read to them and have especially enjoyed The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. (We also have read The Hobbit, a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.)

      Great Hub!

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you taking the time to read and comment. C S Lewis was actually quite funny with a dry sense of humor. I am glad you enjoyed my hub.

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      6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Kimberly, I really like C.S. Lewis too, so I embrace this hub. I particularly liked your choice of words with "spending many hours underneath the covers with my trusty flashlight...." I wrote a hub on his life and on his wife, Joy. I really enjoyed the quotes you included too. Thanks much!

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      @LisaKoski Thank you for your comment and positive feedback. I believe that Lewis' work paved the way for many readers and writers. I posted a video on this Hub that covers some key points of his life. You should watch it when you have some time it is very funny.

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      6 years ago from WA

      Great quotes. C.S. Lewis, along with Tolkien helped get me into reading and eventually writing. Voted up and awesome!

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      @RTalloni He did live an amazing life. His writing has so many levels to it. I have plan to read the Four Loves for my next book. I have a collection of his quotes that I love to look over for inspiration and enjoyment.

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      @WD Yes! He was such an interesting man. He lived a diverse life. I love his work.

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      WD Curry 111 

      6 years ago from Space Coast

      I love this guy. Good job with the bio, and especially the quotes. I especially enjoy "The Skrewtape Letters".

      It is too true to laugh.

    • RTalloni profile image


      6 years ago from the short journey

      It's always good to see C. S. Lewis highlighted. His life's story is amazing, and his work is timeless. From pain and grief to contentment and joy, Lewis' writing is not only worth reading, but worth remembering. I want to settle into The Four Loves again soon. If I had to describe his books in one word I think I would have to choose "worthy."

    • KimberlyLake profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      Thank you for the vote up thesingernurse and sharing. I have such wonderful memories of his books. I hope parents are sharing his great works with their children as I have. Your comment made my night! I am happy I was able to bring a happy memory to the surface for you.

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      Tina Siuagan 

      6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      C.S. Lewis is one of the most brilliant writers I know of. And like you, I also went crazy over his Chronicles of Narnia. I have read every book of it and I don't get tired of re-reading them. Hahaha! Lewis brings out the child in me in all his books though I have to agree to what you said that his stories has more implications even in the adult world.

      Thank you for sharing this hub. It's a concise reference to his life and educational background. I have learned a lot. No wonder he provides an "Aslan" in his Narnia books. It's like his way of tackling issues concerning God.

      Will be voting up and sharing this hub. :)


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