The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe Key Quotes

Instructor: Lindsey Hays

Lindsey has taught Elementary Education, Spanish immersion, and ESL. She has a MS in Elementary Education with a BA in Spanish.

'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis is about four kids who take an incredible journey into another world, Narnia. This lesson looks at some of the most memorable quotes from the novel.

Memorable Quotes from Memorable Experiences in Narnia

Imagine for a moment that you have encountered a lion. How would you feel? Even in a controlled situation like the zoo, it would be terrifying to touch a lion. C.S. Lewis captures this nervousness in one of the most memorable quotes from his novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. We will look at this quote, as well as several others about Aslan and the adventures in Narnia.

Quotes about Aslan

When Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy first hear of Aslan, Susan is shocked to hear that he is a lion. She asks Mr. Beaver if he is safe to be around.

  • 'Safe?' said Mr. Beaver; '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.' (Ch. 8)

Aslan is powerful but good.

Lewis describes how each child felt that Aslan must be deeply significant after hearing Beaver's words.

  • 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. It was like that now. At the name of Aslan each one of the children felt something jump in it's inside. (Ch. 7)

The children were right to feel the power and meaning behind the name of Aslan.

  • If there's anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they're either braver than most, or else just silly. (Ch. 8)

When Aslan dies, Susan and Lucy are filled with deep despair at the death of the lion they had come to love.

  • 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 was ever going to happen again. (Ch. 15)

Towards the end of the book Aslan leaves unexpectedly, and they remember what Mr. Beaver had told them.

  • 'He'll be coming and going,' he had said. 'One day you'll see him and another you won't. He doesn't like being tied down - and of course he has other countries to attend to. It's quite all right. He'll often drop in. Only you mustn't press him. He's wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.' (Ch. 17)

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