Published on this day October 16th in 1950, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is a classic of children’s literature that generations of people have come to love.
The Chronicles of Narnia’s seven books have been in continuous publication since 1956, selling over 100 million copies in 47 languages and in Braille. They have been adapted for radio, television, the stage, and film. Here are some of the quotes from this beloved classic that make The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe the amazing book it is.
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“Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.”
I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.
“All shall be done, but it may be harder than you think.”
Perhaps it has sometimes happened to you in a dream that someone says something which you don’t understand but in the dream it feels as if it had some enormous meaning—either a terrifying one which turns the whole dream into a nightmare or else a lovely meaning too lovely to put into words, which makes the dream so beautiful that you remember it all your life and are always wishing you could get into that dream again.
“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 was ever going to happen again.”
‘My dear young lady,’ said the professor…’there is one plan which no one has yet suggested and which is well worth trying.’
‘What’s that?’ said Susan.
‘We might all try minding our own business…
“It was a full moon and, shining on all the snow, it made everything almost as bright as day — only the shadows were rather confusing.”
All right, beautiful. You’ve got me tied down to this stone table, and there’s a knife in your hand that says you get to rule Narnia for another hundred years. So maybe I die, and winter goes on. Maybe the hunger and the darkness and the fear never end. But as long as the children believe in me, I know that Aslan will live again.
“People who have not been in Narnia sometimes think that a thing cannot be good and terrible at the same time.”
Every moment the patches of green grew bigger and the patches of snow grew smaller. Every moment more and more of the trees shook off their robes of snow. Soon, wherever you looked, instead of white shapes you saw the dark green of firs or the black prickly branches of bare oaks and beeches and elms. Then the mist turned from white to gold and presently cleared away altogether. Shafts of delicious sunlight struck down onto the forest floor and overhead you could see a blue sky between the tree-tops.
“All the things he had said to make himself believe that she was good and kind and that her side was really the right side sounded to him silly now.”
What is your favorite quote from this classic?
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