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CS Lewis Quotes on Love

Updated on January 9, 2013

C.S. Lewis Quotes About Love

C.S. Lewis had a knack for putting big ideas into language that is easily understood. His writing has been invaluable to generations of readers, and his books continue to be widely read today. This page is a collection of Lewis quotes from various sources on the subject of love. Lewis naturally had much to say about love, and so it's easy to find plenty of C. S. Lewis quotes about love! These quotes are organized by source (i.e. from which book they are excerpted).

I hope you enjoy this fine collection of C.S. Lewis's quotes on love! To get the most out of them, of course you should go on to read the books that contain these quotes. To buy those books easily from Amazon, just click the links underneath each section.

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CS Lewis Quotes on Love From Mere Christianity

  • "[Christians] believe that the living, dynamic activity of love has been going on in God forever and has created everything else. And that, by the way, is perhaps the most important difference between Christianity and all other religions: that in Christianity God is not an impersonal thing nor a static thing - not even just one person - but a dynamic pulsating activity, a life, a kind of drama, almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance."
  • "The most dangerous thing you can do is to take any one impulse of your own nature and set it up as the thing you ought to follow at all costs. There's not one of them which won't make us into devils if we set it up as an absolute guide. You might think love of humanity in general was safe, but it isn't. If you leave out justice you'll find yourself breaking agreements and faking evidence in trials "for the sake of humanity" and become in the end a cruel and treacherous man."
  • "God lends us a little of His reasoning powers and that is how we think: He puts a little of His love into us and that is how we love one another. When you teach a child writing, you hold its hand while it forms the letters: that is, it forms the letters because you are forming them. We love and reason because God loves and reasons and holds our hand while we do it."
  • "The Christian is in a different position from other people who are trying to be good. They hope, by being good, to please God if there is one; or - if they think there is not - at least they hope to deserve approval from good men. But the Christian thinks any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a greenhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the sun shines on it."
  • "Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. There are many things below it, but there are also things above it. You cannot make it the basis of a whole life. It is a noble feeling, but it is still a feeling... Knowledge can last, principles can last, habits can last; but feelings come and go... But, of course, ceasing to be "in love" need not mean ceasing to love. Love in this second sense - love as distinct from "being in love" - is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriage) the grace which both partners ask, and receive, from God... "Being in love" first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it."

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From The Four Loves

  • "To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket - safe, dark, motionless, airless - it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside of Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell."

  • "Need-love cries to God from our poverty; Gift-love longs to serve, or even to suffer for, God; Appreciative love says: "We give thanks to thee for thy great glory." Need-love says of a woman "I cannot live without her"; Gift-love longs to give her happiness, comfort, protection - if possible, wealth; Appreciative love gazes and holds its breath and is silent, rejoices that such a wonder should exist even if not for him, will not be wholly dejected by losing her, would rather have it so than never to have seen her at all."
  • "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival."
  • "Friendship arises out of mere companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression of opening Friendship would be something like, "What? You too? I thought I was the only one."

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From The Problem of Pain

  • "Love is something more stern and splendid than mere kindness."
  • "Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal."
  • "God will look to every soul like its first love because He is its first love."

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    • Julie K Henderson profile image

      Julie K Henderson 2 years ago

      What a lovely hub. Many of the quotes were familiar to me, but not all of them. Voted up.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading the quotes!

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      one of my favorite CS Lewis quotes, "Being in love is a good thing, but it is not the best thing. There are many things below it, but there are also things above it. You cannot make it the basis of a whole life." It is so easy in our culture to fall into the trap of centering your entire life around love... interesting lens, thanks!

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      @Sher Ritchie: But essential to remember: C.S Lewis did not mean adultery when he said "love."

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      Great quotes! Thanks!

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      christopherwell 5 years ago

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      I love C.S Lewis. Thank you for this wonderful collection of quotes.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      C.S. Lewis one of my favorites...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Love the quotes.