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C.S. Lewis Gives Advice for Graduation

Graduation is often a time for bittersweet endings and exciting beginnings. Whether it’s high school, college, or something entirely different, graduation is meant to celebrate accomplishments and recognize individuals for what they have achieved. Regardless of their life journey, a graduation is landmark in a person’s life that they will always remember- a bridge between two phases of life.

Many times a graduation requires choices of the graduate. Some choices are simple, while others require much soul-searching and prayer. Whether you are a graduate yourself, know a graduate, or are simply reading this article for fun, we can all find wisdom and motivation from the words of C.S. Lewis regarding the state of being that graduations most often bring.

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. (“The Screwtape Letters”, 1942)

 Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different… (“Prince Caspian”, 1951)

We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us. (“The Four Loves”, 1960)

 God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. (“Mere Christianity”, 1952)

 Nothing that you have not given away will ever really be yours. (“Mere Christianity”, 1952)

 What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are. (“The Magician’s Nephew”, 1955)

 The instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred. (“Mere Christianity”, 1952)

 There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. (“Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis”, 2006)

 The past is frozen and no longer flows, and the present is all lit up with eternal rays. (“The Screwtape Letters”, 1942)

 When we lost one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place. (“Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C.S. Lewis”, 2008)

 It is not your business to succeed, but to do right; when you have done so, the rest lies with God. (“Yours, Jack: Spiritual Direction from C.S. Lewis”, 2008)

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither. (“Mere Christianity”, 1952)

Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose. (“The Four Loves”, 1960)

 You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. (“Chicken Soup for the Soul”, 1993)


Quote Source: Top 100 C.S. Lewis Quotes

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