November 29: Tuesday marks the 118th Birth anniversary of British author CS Lewis, famous for his bestselling book in the fiction genre- The Chronicles of Narnia. The book was also converted into a multi million dollar movie franchise and acquired fame as one of the top favourite book and film series of kids across the globe. His work has been translated into 30 languages and has sold millions of copies all over the world. Although Lewis is mostly known for his fictional work, he had was popular as a poet, academic and a Christian apologist, much before he set about writing his books.

Lewis, whose full name was Clive Staples Lewis, was a close friend of another wildly popular British novelist JRR Tolkein, who is referred by many as the father of English fantasy literature, because of his book the Lord of The Rings. Both have figured in the has spoken profusely about Christianity, basing his arguments on morality through humanity. In fact, many of Lewis’s readers still remain largely unaware of the Christian themes that he based some of his fiction stories on.

Some of Lewis’s quotes on human traits of love and friendship are extremely sublime, relatable and capable of arousing deep empathy and compassion for the fellow human being. His belief in all that is good, fair and worth emulating in the human kind, is endearing and makes one believe that humanity is not all that bad after all- a fact that needs to be remembered if we are to set about making this world a better place to live in. Lewis’s thoughts acquire even more significance in the current scenario, when cynicism seems to be ruling the roost, in public discourse on the state of affairs. ALSO READ: Ellen DeGeneres gets Medal of Freedom: 10 of the most hilarious quotes from Ellen’s books

Here are 10 of the author’s most beautiful thoughts, on varied themes of love, friendship and his love for books:

1. On finding kindred spirits in friends

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .”

2. On Love and Vulnerability

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”

3. On Regaining faith and giving up cynicism

 “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

4. On the significance of friendship

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.”

5. On what it means to love

“Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.”

6. On the fear of childishness

“Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”

7. On faith and miracles

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.”

8. On Love and Hurt

“If you love deeply, you’re going to get hurt badly. But it’s still worth it.”

9. On hiding mental agony

“Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken.”

10. On the joy of expression

“Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.”