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Narnia: Quotes

I have managed to tweet some of my favorite or the most outstanding quotes from throughout the Chronicles of Narnia series as I read each book… and I wanted to be sure to archive a compilation of each of those quotes. Some stood out for their simplicity, some for their humor, and others for their spiritual parallel and revelation in my own life. Here are those quotes:


“And he thought then, as he always thought afterward too, that he could not decently have done anything else.”

“Nothing goes on in the in-between places…”

“Well, it’s all over, anyway… and both thought it was; but they had never been more mistaken in their lives.”

“I have stood here when the whole air was full of the noises of Charn… all in one moment one woman blotted it out forever.”

“… the secret of the Deplorable Word… that was the secret of secrets.”

“And the very first thing he did… he poured himself out a glassful of some nasty, grown-up drink and drank it off at one gulp.”

“We are awake… We love. We think. We speak. We know.”

“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.”

“But she was a dem fine woman, sir, a dem fine woman.”


“Once there were four children… this story is about something that happened to them…”

“In the meantime we’re pretty well off. There’s a wireless and lots of books.”

“She stayed behind because she thought it would be worth while trying the door of the wardrobe…”

“he remembered, as every sensible person does, that you should never shut yourself up in a wardrobe.”

“There seemed, indeed, no more to say, and presently the four resumed their journey…”

“They all stared as hard as they could and no one felt very comfortable.”

“the moment the Beaver had spoken these words everyone felt quite different.”

“And Lucy felt running through her that deep shiver of gladness which you only get if you are being solemn and still.”

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

“His voice was deep and rich and somehow took the fidgets out of them.”

“But just at this point Edmund went off in a dead faint.”

“He knows the Deep Magic better than that… unless I have blood as the Law says all Narnia will be overturned and perish…”

“If she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned…”

“I know not how it is, but this lamp on the post worketh upon me strangely.”

“And that is the very end of the adventure of the wardrobe. But… it was only the beginning of the adventures of Narnia.”


“This is the story of an adventure that happened in Narnia and Calormen and the lands between…”

“Oh the sweet air of Narnia! An hour’s life there is better than a thousand years in Calormen.”

“in spite of his rude words, Bree was a patient teacher.”

“The difference is that people want to hear the stories, whereas I never heard of anyone who wanted to read the essays.”

“See the bear in his own den before you judge of his conditions.”

“the heat… struck up into his face as if from the opening of an oven door.”

“I am telling you your story, not hers. I tell no one any story but his own.”

“after one glance at the Lion’s face he slipped out of the saddle and fell at its feet.”

“That is why the Lion kept on my left. He was between me and the edge all the time.”

“… Aslan (he seems to be at the back of all the stories)”


“Oh, don’t you know? … Aslan is the great Lion who comes from over the sea.”

“Well, there’s just this… it was Lucy who discovered it… she was right after all. Wouldn’t it be fair to believe her this time?”

“To know what would have happened, child? … No. Nobody is ever told that.”

“It is hard for you… But things never happen the same way twice.”

“But there must have been magic in his mane. She could feel lion-strength going into her.”

“You are a lioness… And now all of Narnia will be renewed.”

“You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve, and that is both honor enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.”


“Even looking is better than nothing.”

“He began, almost for the first time in his life, to feel lonely.”

“The twisted shape of the dead dragon lying in the moonlight would’ve been enough to frighten anyone but now he hardly noticed it.”

“And there is nothing a dragon likes so well as fresh dragon.”

“The invisible people agreed on everything.”

“Speak on, dear heart.”

“Sometimes, perhaps, I am a little impatient, waiting for the day when they can be governed by wisdom instead of this rough magic.”

“I call all times soon.”

“There are some things no man can face.”

“Aslan, Aslan, if you ever loved us at all, send us help now.”

“Courage, dear heart.”

“His face was changed. Not only his eyes but everything about him seemed to be brighter.”

“The light grew no less- if anything it increased- but they could bear it… They could see more light than they had ever seen before.”

“Everyone on board was filled with joy and excitement, but not an excitement that made one talk.”

“But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name.”

“This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”


“Crying is all right in its way while it lasts.”

“You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you.”

“But, first, remember, remember, remember the signs.”

“It is a very funny thing that the sleepier you are, the longer you take about getting to bed…”

“deep down inside her, she was already annoyed with herself for not knowing the Lion’s lesson quite so well…”

“Farther in, quick.”

“Many come down, and few return to the sunlit lands.”

“You see, Aslan didn’t tell Pole what would happen. He only told her what to do.”

“I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t an Aslan to lead it.”

“Their quest had been worth all the pains it cost.”

“I will not always be scolding. You have done the work for which I have sent you…”

“Even the Lion wept… each tear more precious…”

“You cannot want wrong things any more, now that you have died, my son.”

“If ever you have the luck to go to Narnia yourself, do not forget to have a look at those caves.”


“It is beyond all that I ever hoped for in all my life.”

“Would it not be better to be dead than to have this horrible fear that Aslan… is not like we have believed in & longed for?”

“Everyone crowded round him and welcomed him and praised him and slapped him on the back.”

“By mixing a little truth with it they had made their lie far stronger.”

“You can’t find out what it is like unless you can get to that country and taste it for yourself.”

“Dearest… I will show you what I can, and what I cannot, do.”

“Further in and higher up!”

“Welcome in the Lion’s name. Come further up and further in.”

“The dream is ended: this is the morning.”



“Wake up… it has turned into a toffee tree. And it’s the loveliest morning.” #Narnia1

“and that was where she learned to ride and swim and milk and bake and climb.” #Narnia1

“It was a wonderful tea… brown egg, sardines on toast… buttered toast… toast with honey, and then a sugar-topped cake.” #Narnia2

“lobsters, and salad, and snipe stuffed with almonds and truffles, and a complicated dish made of chicken livers and rice and raisins and nuts…” #Narnia3

“there were cool melons and gooseberry fools and mulberry fools and every kind of nice thing that can be made with ice.” #Narnia3

“there was also a little flagon of the sort of wine that is called ‘white’ though it is really yellow.” #Narnia3

“… a meal (it was chiefly of the whipped cream and jelly and fruit and ice sort)” #Narnia3

“It was, in fact, the smell of bacon and eggs and mushrooms all frying in a pan.” #Narnia3

“roast apples are not much good without sugar, and they are too hot to eat with your fingers till they are too cold to be worth eating.” #Narnia4

“sides of roasted meat that filled the grove with delicious smell…” #Narnia4

“wheaten cakes and oaten cakes, honey and many-colored sugars and cream as thick as porridge and as smooth as still water…” #Narnia4

“peaches, nectarines, pomegranates, pears, grapes, strawberries, raspberries – pyramids and cataracts of fruit.” #Narnia4

“then… came the wines; dark, thick ones like syrups of mulberry juice, and clear red ones… and yellow wines and green wines…” #Narnia4

“with mushroom soup and boiled chickens and hot boiled ham and gooseberries, redcurrants, curds, cream, milk, and mead.” #Narnia5

“an omelette… cold lamb & green peas, a strawberry ice, lemon-squash to drink… & a cup of chocolate to follow.” #Narnia5

“But the magician himself drank only wine and ate only bread.” #Narnia5

“There were turkeys and geese and peacocks… boars’ heads & sides of venison… pies… ice puddings…” #Narnia5

“bright lobsters & gleaming salmon… nuts & grapes, pineapples & peaches, pomegranates & melons & tomatoes.” #Narnia5

“There were soups that would make your mouth water to think of, and the lovely fishes called pavenders, and venison and peacock…” #Narnia6

“and pies, and ices and jellies and fruit and nuts, and all manner of wines and fruit drinks.” #Narnia6

“cock-a-leekie soup, and hot roast turkey, and a steamed pudding, and roast chestnuts, and as much fruit as you could eat.” #Narnia6

“delicious smell of sausages… mugs of frothy chocolate, & roast potatoes & roast chestnuts & baked apples w/ raisins…” #Narnia6

“breakfast: first… porridge & pavenders & kidneys & bacon & omelette & cold ham & toast & marmalade & coffee & beer.” #Narnia6