Were the author of the much-loved Chronicles of Narnia series alive today, he'd be celebrating his 114th birthday. Aside from penning illustrious tales for children about talking lions, evil witches and magical wardrobes, Lewis is remembered as an essayist who asserted his solidly held opinions about Christianity, philosophy and writing.
In honor of the author, we've selected our favorites of his nuggets of wisdom. We've overlooked a few of the writer's more controversially conservative views on topics such as gender equity and homemaking, and instead opted to include his views on religion, reading and language.
Check out these 9 notable C.S. Lewis quotes:
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
"We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive."
"Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."
"Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite."
"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival."
"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world."
"I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once."
On fairy tales
"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
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