QUOTE (C.S. Lewis) – Nov. 22

November 22, 2015

lewis“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose that you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it? Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.”
~ C.S. Lewis
In honor of C.S. Lewis , a British novelist, poet, academic, Christian apologist and one of my favorite authors, who died on this day in 1963.

November 22 in Literary History
C.S. Lewis Quotes


  1. The French say, “Ça compte,” when speaking of whether a life matters. Litterally, it counts rather than “matters.” As in I am counting on that rope to keep me up and not down.

  2. Thank you for liking my post First Things First at ThinkTrueThoughts.com. C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors too, and this quote is both relevant and true. That’s the beauty of Lewis – timelessly applicable and thought provoking. Thank you for sharing!

    • Hey Kristen – I really enjoyed your blog; keep up the good work. C.S. Lewis was an amazing writer. He really had a great way for writing depth concepts in very engaging ways. Thanks for visiting my blog. God Bless! JD

      • Hi JD, I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! Thanks for checking out my blog, and I’ll look forward to following your writing as well. Blessings, Kristen.

  3. I have just discovered C.S. Lewis, which is sad to write. I am amazed at his insight.

    • I am a little jealous of you discovering Lewis. You have a lot great reading available to you. Enjoy!

  4. I always respected C.S. Lewis. This made a valid point about trust and checking on the real faith one may have.

    • C.S. Lewis has always had a way of saying something in an interesting way so that it just makes sense. I guess that is a sign of a good writer.

      • A good writer, and a masterful thinker….

  5. Thank you for this quote. As the world reacts to terrorist threats and murder, do we trust that Jesus knew what he was talking about when he told us to “Love your enemies and do good to those who persecute you”? Do we believe–really believe–that God is in control?

    • Hey Sonja – You are so correct. These troubling times are a true test as to what we really believe. God Bless! JD

  6. Good quote

  7. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    I hadn’t thought of this before, but I do believe he’s right.

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  9. CS Lewis always conveyed the vibrancy and power of Christianity. He did not feel it needed “watering down” to a pious soup of empty platitudes.

    • Hey Anna – I think that you put your finger on why I like C.S. Lewis so much. He took difficult truths and explained them in understandable ways without diminishing them.

  10. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

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