11/29/2012 08:39 am ET

9 C.S. Lewis Quotes To Celebrate His Birthday

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: