Quotes from “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis

Chapter One:

“Pooh! Grown-ups are always thinking of uninteresting explanations.” – Digory

Chapter Two:

“Men like me, who possess hidden wisdom, are freed from common rules just as we are cut off from common pleasures. Ours, my boy, is a high and lonely destiny.” – Uncle Andrew

“No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice.” – Uncle Andrew

Chapter Three:

“You could almost feel the trees drinking the water up with their roots. This wood was very much alive.” – Narrator

“If anyone had asked him, ‘Where did you come from?’ he would probably have said, ‘I’ve always been here.’ That was what it felt like – as if one had always been in that place and never been bored although nothing had ever happened.” – Narrator

Chapter Four:

“The silence of the wood had been rich and warm (you could almost hear the trees growing) and full of life: this was a dead, cold, empty silence. You couldn’t imagine anything growing in it.” – Narrator

“There’s not much point in finding a magic ring that lets you into other worlds if you’re afraid to look at them when you’ve got there.” – Digory

“They were even despairing faces: as if the people they belonged to had done dreadful things and also suffered dreadful things.” – Narrator

“Make your choice, adventurous Stranger, Strike the bell and bide the danger, Or wonder, till it drives you mad, What would have followed if you had.” – (Written on the side of the pillar)

Chapter Six:

“I expect most witches are like that. They are not interested in things or people unless they can use them.” – Narrator

Chapter Seven:

“Well, you know how it feels if you begin hoping for something that you want desperately badly; you almost fight against the hope because it is too good to be true; you’ve been disappointed so often before.” – Narrator

Chapter Nine:

“Polly was finding the song more and more interesting because she thought she was beginning to see the connection between the music and the things that were happening.” – Narrator

“This was so exciting that she had no time to be afraid.” – Narrator

“Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.” – Aslan

Chapter Ten:

“We are awake. We love. We think. We speak. We know.” – Creatures of Narnia

“Creatures, I give you yourselves.” – Aslan

“The Dumb Beasts whom I have not chosen are yours also. Treat them gently and cherish them but do not go back to their ways lest you cease to be Talking Beasts. For our of them you were taken and into them you can return.” – Aslan

“Laugh and fear not, creatures. Now that you are no longer dumb and witless, you need not always be grave. For jokes as well as justice come in with speech.” – Aslan

“For though the world is not five hours old an evil has already entered it.” – Aslan

“For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.” – Narrator

“Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.” – Narrator

Chapter Eleven:

“But then – ahem – one mustn’t be narrow-minded.” – the Elephant

“Smelling isn’t everything.” – Elephant. “Why, if a fellow can’t trust his nose, what is he to trust?” – Bulldog. “Well, his brains perhaps.” – Elephant

“Aslan was bigger and more beautiful and more brightly golden and more terrible than he had thought. He dared not look into the great eyes.” – Narrator

“And as Adam’s race has done the harm, Adam’s race shall help to heal it.” – Aslan

“Can you rule these creatures kindly and fairly, remembering that they are not slaves like the dumb beasts of the world you were born in, but Talking Beasts and free subjects? And would you bring up your children and grandchildren to do the same?” – Aslan

“And if enemies came against the land (for enemies will arise) and there was war, would you be the first in the charge and the last in the retreat? Then you will have done all that a King should do.” – Aslan

Chapter Twelve:

“Wings that spread and grew, larger than eagles’, larger than swans’, larger than angels’ wings in church windows.” – Narrator

“There will always be a way through.” – Aslan

“The world only began today.” – Polly

“I’m sure Aslan would have, if you’d asked him.” – Fledge. “Wouldn’t he know without being asked?” – Polly. “I’ve no doubt he would, but I’ve a sort of idea he likes to be asked.” – Fledge

Chapter Thirteen:

“Everything looks nicer when the light is behind you.” – Narrator

“You never saw a place which was so obviously private. You could see at a glance that it belonged to someone else. Only a fool would dream of going in unless he had been sent there on very special business.” – Narrator

“Come in by the gold gates or not at all, Take of my fruit for others or forbear, For those who steal or those who climb my wall, Shall find their heart’s desire and find despair.” – (written on the gates of the garden)

“It was a happy place but very serious.” – Narrator

“A terrible thirst and hunger came over him and a longing to taste that fruit…could it be wrong to taste one?” – Narrator on Digory

“You can’t be too careful in these magical places. You never know what may be watching you.” – Digory

“Things like ‘Do Not Steal’ were I think, hammered into boys’ heads a good deal harder in those days than they are now. Still, we can never be certain.” – Narrator

“I don’t know that I care much about living on and on after everyone I know is dead. I’d rather live an ordinary time and die and go to Heaven.” – Digory

“And the meanness of the suggestion that he should leave Polly behind suddenly made all the other things the Witch had been saying to him sound false and hollow. And even in the midst of all his misery, his head suddenly cleared.” – Narrator

Chapter Fourteen:

“He found he could look straight into the Lion’s eyes. He had forgotten his troubles and felt absolutely content.” – Narrator

“He has made himself unable to hear my voice. If I spoke to him, he would hear only growlings and roarings.” – Aslan

“But while that Tree flourishes she will never come down into Narnia. She dare not come within a hundred miles of the Tree, for its smell, which is joy and life and health to you, is death and horror and despair to her.” – Aslan

“That is what happens to those who pluck and eat fruits at the wrong time and in the wrong way. The fruit is good, but they loathe it ever after.” – Aslan

“Things always work according to their nature.” – Aslan

“She has won her heart’s desire; she has unwearying strength and endless days like a goddess. But length of days with an evil heart is only length of misery and already she begins to know it. All get what they want; they do not always like it.” – Aslan

“For the fruit always works – it must work – but does not work happily for any who pluck it at their own will.” – Aslan

“There might be things more terrible even than losing someone you love by death.” – Narrator

Chapter Fifteen:

“The End of This Story and The Beginning of All The Others” (Chapter title)

“Come, it is time that you went back. But there are two things to see first; a warning, and a command.” – Aslan

“We’re not quite as bad as that world, are we, Aslan?” – Polly. “Not yet, Daughter of Eve. Not yet. But you are growing more like it.” – Aslan

“And the memory of that moment stayed with them always, so that as long as they both lived, if ever they were sad or afraid or angry, the thought of all that golden goodness, and the feeling that it was still there, quite close, just round some corner or just behind some door, would come back and make them sure, deep down inside, that all was well.” – Narrator

“She was asleep: a real, natural, gentle sleep, without any of those nasty drugs, which was, as Digory knew, the thing in the whole world that she wanted most.” – Narrator

“For the rest of that day, whenever he looked at the things about him, and saw how ordinary and unmagical they were, he hardly dared to hope; but when he remembered the face of Aslan he did hope.” – Narrator

“When things go wrong, you’ll find they usually go on getting worse for some time; but when things once start going right they often go on getting better and better.” – Narrator

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