C.S. Lewis on What It’s Like to Meet a Truly Humble Person


A good post here by Kevin DeYoung on learning how to ask questions of others in conversation.

He paraphrases a quote by C.S. Lewis on humility.

Here’s the original:

To even get near [humility], even for a moment, is like a drink of cold water to a man in a desert.

Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody.

Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him.

If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.

Mere Christianity, (section on “The Great Sin), p. 128 of this edition

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