5 “The Magician’s Nephew” Quotes That Lead Us Into Narnia

67 years ago, we were formally welcomed into Narnia! Before the Pevensie’s, there was “The Magician’s Nephew.” We’ve compiled 5 quotes from the book that started it all!

Book Culture Fantasy Favorite Quotes On This Day

If you grew up in the early 2000s like me, you probably remember the impact that The Chronicles of Narnia movies had when they were released. Children and adults alike gathered to enter the magic wardrobe to meet talking beavers, fauns, and a lion who ruled over the beasts. But what many moviegoers who did not read the series may have missed was that the movie franchise skipped the first book, The Magician’s Nephew.

Although C.S. Lewis wrote this novel after the publication of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, he intended for The Magician’s Nephew to be read first. The novel is centered around a boy named Digory and his new friend Polly who accidentally gets sent to Narnia by Digory’s magician uncle. It is an exciting story that deserves just as much love as the rest of the series! To celebrate the sixty-seventh anniversary of its publication, we’ve gathered five of our favorite quotes.

The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

5. “What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”

4. “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.”

3. “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.”

2. “Grief is great. Only you and I in this land know that yet. Let us be good to one another.”

1. “Awake. Love. Think. Speak. Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.”

We hope we were able to transport you back to Narnia with these quotes! For more quotes from your favorite books, click here!