Quotes from “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis

Chapter Two:


“Excuse me – I don’t want to be inquisitive – but should I be right in thinking that you are a Daughter of Eve?” – Mr. Tumnus


“It is winter in Narnia, and has been for ever so long.” – Mr. Tumnus


“Daughter of Eve from the far land of Spare Oom where eternal summer reigns around the bright city of War Drobe, how would it be if you came and had tea with me?” – Mr. Tumnus


“And so Lucy found herself walking through the wood arm in arm with this strange creature as if they had known one another all their lives.” – Narrator


“And the tune he played made Lucy want to cry and laugh and dance and go to sleep all at the same time.” – Narrator


“The White Witch? Who is she?” – Lucy

“Why, it is she who has got all Narnia under her thumb. It’s she who makes it always winter. Always winter and never Christmas; think of that!” – Mr. Tumnus


“Well, that was pretty bad. But you’re so sorry for it that I’m sure you will never do it again.” – Lucy

“Daughter of Eve, don’t you understand? It isn’t something I have done. I’m doing it now, this very moment.” – Mr. Tumnus


“The whole wood is full of her spies. Even some of the trees are on her side.” – Mr. Tumnus


Chapter Five:


“When Peter suddenly asked him the question he decided all at once to do the meanest and most spiteful thing he could think of. He decided to let Lucy down.” – Narrator


“I know I’ve met a Faun in there and – I wish I’d stayed there.” – Lucy


“How do you know that your sister’s story is not true?” – The Professor


“A charge of lying against someone whom you have always found truthful is a very serious thing; a very serious thing indeed.” – The Professor


“Madness, you mean? Oh, you can make your minds easy about that. One has only to look at her and talk to her to see that she is not mad.” – The Professor


“Why don’t they teach logic at these schools? There are only three possibilities. Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn’t tell lies and it is obvious that she is not mad. For the moment then and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth.” – The Professor


“Well, sir, if things are real, they’re there all the time.” – Peter

“Are they?” – The Professor


“But do you really mean, sir, that there could be other worlds – all over the place, just round the corner – like that?” – Peter

“Nothing is more probable.” – The Professor


“‘We might all try minding our own business,’ said he. And that was the end of that conversation.” – The Professor/Narrator


Chapter Six:


“Why, I do believe we’ve got into Lucy’s wood after all.” – Peter


“And now, what do we do next?” – Susan

“Do? Why, go and explore the wood, of course.” – Peter


“We can pretend we are Arctic explorers.” – Lucy

“This is going to be exciting enough without pretending.” – Peter


“Still – a robin, you know. They’re good birds in all the stories I’ve ever read. I’m sure a robin wouldn’t be on the wrong side.” – Peter


Chapter Seven:


“Why, who are you afraid of? There’s no one here but ourselves.” – Peter

“There are the trees. They’re always listening. Most of them are on our side, but there are trees that would betray us to her; you know who I mean.” – Beaver


“They say Aslan is on the move – perhaps has already landed.” – Beaver


“At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in its inside. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt suddenly brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delicious smell or some delightful strain of music had just floated by her. And Lucy got the feeling you have when you wake up in the morning and realize that it is the beginning of the holidays or the beginning of summer.” – Narrator


Chapter Eight:


“Aslan? Why, don’t you know? He’s the King. He’s the Lord of the whole wood, but not often here, you understand. Never in my time or my father’s time. But the word has reached us that he has come back. He is in Narnia at this moment. He’ll settle the White Queen all right.” – Beaver


“Turn him into stone? If she can stand on her two feet and look him in the face it’ll be the most she can do and more than I expect of her.” – Beaver


“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight. At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more. When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death. And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” – Beaver saying an old rhyme


“Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion – the Lion, the great Lion.” – Beaver


“Safe? Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” – Beaver


“When Adam’s flesh and Adam’s bone sits at Cair Paravel in throne, the evil will be over and done.” – Beaver saying an old rhyme


“There may be two views about humans, but there’s no two views about things that look like humans and aren’t.” – Beaver


“But in general, take my advice, when you meet anything that’s going to be human and isn’t yet, or used to be human once and isn’t now, or ought to be human and isn’t, you keep your eyes on it and feel for your hatchet.” – Beaver


“It’s a saying in Narnia time out of mind that when two Sons of Adam and two Daughters of Eve sit on those four thrones, then it will be the end not only of the White Witch’s reign but of her life.” – Beaver


“The reason there’s no use looking is that we know already where he’s gone! Don’t you understand? He’s gone to her, to the White Witch. He has betrayed us all.” – Beaver


“I didn’t like to mention it before (he being your brother and all) but the moment I set eyes on that brother of yours I said to myself, ‘Treacherous.’ He had the look of one who has been with the Witch and eaten her food. You can always tell them f you’ve lived long in Narnia; something about their eyes.” – Beaver


“Oh, can no one help us?” – Lucy

“Only Aslan.” Beaver


Chapter Nine:


“There’s nothing that spoils the taste of good ordinary food half so much as the memory of bad magic food.” – Narrator


“For the mention of Aslan gave him a mysterious and horrible feeling just as it gave the others a mysterious and lovely feeling.” – Narrator on Edmund


“Deep down inside him he really knew that the White Witch was bad and cruel.” – Narrator on Edmund


Chapter Ten:


“‘It’s all right! It isn’t Her!’ This was bad grammar of course, but that is how beavers talk when they are excited; I mean, in Narnia – in our world they usually don’t talk at all.” – Narrator


“Aslan is on the move. The Witch’s magic is weakening.” – Father Christmas


“And they are tools, not toys. The time to use them is perhaps near at hand. Bear them well.” – Father Christmas


“Time to be moving on now.” – Beaver


Chapter Eleven:


“All the things he had said to make himself believe that she was good and kind and hat her side was really the right side sounded to him silly now.” – Narrator on Edmund


“The only way to comfort himself now was to try to believe that the whole thing was a dream and that he might wake up any moment.” – Narrator on Edmund


“Unless you have looked at a world of snow as long as Edmund had been looking at it, you will hardly be able to imagine what a relief those green patches were after the endless white.” – Narrator


“Are you my councillor or my slave? Do as you’re told.” White Witch


“This is no thaw, this is Spring. What are we to do? Your winter has been destroyed, I tell you! This is Aslan’s doing.” – Dwarf


Chapter Twelve:


“They saw the winter vanishing and the whole wood passing in a few hours or so from January to May.” – Narrator


“People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time.” – Narrator


“For when they tried to look at Aslan’s face they just caught a glimpse of the golden mane and the great, royal, solemn, overwhelming eyes; and then they found they couldn’t look at him and went all trembly.” – Narrator


“For a moment Peter did not understand. Then, when he saw all the other creatures start forward and heard Aslan say with a wave of his paw, ‘Back! Let the Prince win his spurs,’ he did understand, and set off running as hard as he could.” – Narrator


“Peter did not feel brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.” – Narrator


“And instantly with a thunder of hoofs and beating of wings a dozen or so of the swiftest creatures disappeared into the gathering darkness.” – Narrator


“Rise up, Sir Peter Wolf’s-Bane. And, whatever happens, never forget to wipe your sword.” – Aslan


Chapter Thirteen:


“There is no need to talk to him about what is past.” – Aslan


“All names will soon be restored to their proper owners. In the meantime we will not dispute about them.” – Aslan


“It’ll be all right, he wouldn’t send them if it weren’t.” – Peter


Chapter Fourteen:


“But you will be there yourself, Aslan.” – Peter

“I can give you no promise of that.” – Aslan


“It was as if the good times, having just begun, were already drawing to their end.” – Narrator


“The shorn face of Aslan looked to her braver, and more beautiful, and more patient than ever.” – Narrator


“She stood by Aslan’s head. Her face was working and twitching with passion, but his looked up at the sky, still quiet, neither angry nor afraid, but a little sad.” – Narrator


Chapter Fifteen:


“I hope no one who reads this book has been quite as miserable as Susan and Lucy were that night; but if you have been – if you’ve been up all night and cried till you have no more tears left in you – you will know that there comes in the end a sort of quietness. You feel as if nothing is ever going to happen again.” – Narrator


“Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.” – Aslan


“And the funny thing was that when all three finally lay together panting in the sun, the firls no longer felt in the least tired or hungry or thirsty.” – Narrator


“And now, to business. I feel I am going to roar. You had better put your fingers in your ears.” – Aslan


Chapter Sixteen:


“Everywhere, the statues were coming to life. The courtyard looked no longer like a museum; it looked more like a zoo.” – Narrator


“Giants of any sort are now so rare in England and so few giants are good-tempered that ten to one you have never seen a giant when his face is beaming. It’’s a sight well worth looking at.” – Narrator


“Our day’s work is not yet over, and if the Witch is to be finally defeated before bedtime we must find the battle at once.” – Aslan


“Look lively and sort yourselves.” – Aslan


“That’s what I like about Aslan. No side, no stand-off-ishness. Us Lions. That meant him and me.” The lion


“Then with a roar that shook all Narnia from the western lamp-post to the shores of the eastern sea, the great beast flung himself upon the White Witch.” – Narrator


“And Peter’s tired army cheered, and the newcomers roared, and the enemy squealed and gibbered till the wood re-echoed with the din of that onset.” – Narrator


Chapter Seventeen:


“He had become his real old self again and could look you in the face. And there on the field of battle Aslan made him a knight.” – Narrator on Edmund


“Aslan solemnly crowned the and led them to the four thrones amid deafening shouts, ‘Long Live King Peter! Long Live Queen Susan! Long Live King Edmund! Long Live Queen Lucy!’” – Narrator


“Once a king or queen in Narnia, always a king or queen. Bear it well, Sons of Adam! Bear it well, Daughters of Eve!” – Aslan


“But amidst all these rejoicings Aslan himself quietly slipped away.” – Narrator


“He’ll be coming and going. One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down.” – Beaver


“He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.” – Beaver


“And they made good laws and kept the peace and saved good trees from being unnecessarily cut down, and liberated young dwarfs and young satyrs from being sent to school, and generally stopped busybodies and interferers and encouraged ordinary people who wanted to live and let live.” – Narrator


“And they themselves grew and changed as the years passed over them.” – Narrator


“So they lived in great joy and if ever they remembered their life in this world it was only as one remembers a dream.” – Narrator


“It will not go out of my mind that if we pass this post and lantern either we shall find strange adventures or else some great change of our fortunes.” – Queen Lucy


“Then in the name of Aslan, if ye will all have it so let us go on and take the adventure that shall fall to us.” – Queen Susan


“Yes, of course you’ll get back to Narnia again some day. Once a King in Narnia, always a King in Narnia. But don’t go trying to use the same route twice. Indeed, don’t try to get there at all. It’ll happen when you’re not looking for it.” – The Professor


“What’s that? How will you know? Oh, you’ll know all right. Odd things they say – even their looks – will let the secret out. Keep your eyes open.” The Professor









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