Despite his several flaws, C. S. Lewis was one of the most important thinkers in the last 100 years. He is oft criticized for his theology, but if you note his work Mere Christianity, he says he is not a theologian and tells us to disregard anything that does not line up with scripture. In any case, he was still one of the greatest apologists of the 20th century. Here are a few good quotes.
Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.
The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.
There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘Thy will be done.’
“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world”
“The very man who has argued you down, will sometimes be found, years later, to have been influenced by what you said”
“If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world”
“He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast with it in his heart.
“Whenever you find a man who says he doesn’t believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later.”
“‘Safe?’ said Mr. Beaver…’Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. but he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.’”
“To be ignorant and simple now-not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground-would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen.” Consequently, “Good philosophy must exist, if or no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered”