C.S. Lewis Quotes About Love


What are your favorite love quotes by C.S. Lewis?

C.S. Lewis is definitely one of my favorite writers on the subject of love. I can say that his writings have not only taught me how to love but they have also helped me to appreciatively receive love from others.

There is so much that we can learn from C.S Lewis on the subject of love. Clive Staples Lewis is definitely a great source of valuable information for anyone who would like to understand how to love purely and happily receive love from the world. The writings of C.S Lewis give a clear perspective on how love integrates into our lives as human beings.

Here are some of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes about love:

C.S. Lewis Quotes About Love

C.S. Lewis Quotes About Love

1. “The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.”

2. “Love is unselfishly choosing for another’s highest good.”

3. “If you love deeply, you’re going to get hurt badly. But it’s still worth it.”

4. “Why love if losing hurts so much? We love to know that we are not alone.”

5. “When we are such as He can love without impediment, we shall in fact be happy.”

6. “When I have learned to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now.”

7. “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”

8. “This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.”

9. “When they have really learned to love their neighbours as themselves, they will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbours.”

10. “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even 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. To love is to be vulnerable.”

11. “God loves us NOT because we’re lovable, because He is love. Not because He needs to receive, because He delights to give.”

12. “Love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people.”

13. “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.”

14. “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.”

15. “To every soul, God will look like its first love because He IS its first love. Your place in heaven will seem to be made for you and you alone, because you were made for it – made for it stitch by stitch as a glove is made for a hand.”

16. “If, as I can’t help suspecting, the dead also feel the pains of separation (and this may be one of their purgatorial sufferings), then for both lovers, and for all pairs of lovers without exception, bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love.”

17. “You ask whether I have ever been in love: fool as I am, I am not such a fool as that. But if one is only to talk from first-hand experience, conversation would be a very poor business. But though I have no personal experience of the things they call love, I have what is better – the experience of Sappho, of Euripides, of Catallus, of Shakespeare, of Spenser, of Austen, of Bronte, of anyone else I have read.”

18. “The event of falling in love is of such a nature that we are right to reject as intolerable the idea that it should be transitory. In one high bound it has overleaped the massive of our selfhood; it has made appetite itself altruistic, tossed personal happiness aside as a triviality and planted the interests of another in the centre of our being. Spontaneously and without effort we have fulfilled the law (towards one person) by loving our neighbour as ourselves. It is an image, a foretaste, of what we must become to all if Love Himself rules in us without a rival. It is even (well used) a preparation for that.”

19. “Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose. If love is to be a blessing, not a misery, it must be for the only Beloved who will never pass away.”

20. “Very few modern people think Friendship a love of comparable value or even a love at all.”

21. “We are all receiving Charity. There is something in each of us that cannot be naturally loved.”

22. “Every Christian would agree that a man’s spiritual health is exactly proportional to his love for God.”

23. “Of all arguments against love, none makes so strong an appeal to my nature as “Careful! This might lead you to suffering.”

24. “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.”

25. “If Affection is made the absolute sovereign of a human life the seeds will germinate. Love, having become a god, becomes a demon.”

26. “The loves prove that they are unworthy to take the place of God by the fact that they cannot even remain themselves and do what they promise to do without God’s help.”

27. “It is probably impossible to love any human being simply “too much”. We may love him too much in proportion to our love for God; but it is the smallness of our love for God, not the greatness of our love for man, that constitutes the inordinancy. But even this must be refined upon.”

28. “When we see the face of God we shall know that we have always known it. He has been a party to, has made, sustained and moved moment by moment within, all our earthly experiences of innocent love. All that was true love in them was, even on earth, far more His than ours, and ours only because His.”

29. “Every human love, at its height, has a tendency to claim for itself a divine authority. Its voice tends to sound as if it were the will of God Himself. It tells us not to count the cost, it demands of us a total commitment, it attempts to over-ride all other claims and insinuates that any action which is sincerely done “for love’s sake” is thereby lawful and even meritorious.”

30. “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.”

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