Sunday, February 10, 2008

CS Lewis

I really like this quote from CS Lewis', The Horse and His Boy. Shasta was complaining that he was the most unfortunate boy to ever live, and Aslan, a picture of God in this allegory, is explaining to him how he has been very very fortunate after all. I like this quote because it's simple but profound and it helps me in a fun way to remember the bigger picture. "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to his purpose for them." Rom 8:28
Aslan, speaking to Shasta: "I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the Horses the new strength of fear for the last mile so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight to receive you."
Shasta: "Then it was you who wounded Aravis?"
Aslan: "It was I."
Shasta: "But what for?"
Aslan: "Child, I am telling you your story, not hers. I tell no one any story but his own."


  1. Oh, I love Narnia quotes. I bought this book with a bunch of Narnia quotes, and the kids to their copywork from it. Here's a few of my favs:

    "Welcome, child," he said.
    "Aslan," said Lucy, "you're bigger."
    "That is because you are older, little one," answered he.
    "Not because you are?"
    "I am not. But every year y ou grow, you will find me bigger."
    ~Prince Caspian~

    "[The Witch] has won her heart's desire; she has unwearying strength and endless days like a goddess. But length of days with an evil heart is only length of misery and already she begins to know it. All get what they wants; they do no always like it."
    ~Magician's Nephew~

    And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.
    ~Last Battle~

  2. Oh dear, if only I could edit what I wrote.

    I bought A book, not this book. And the kids DO their copywork, not TO their copywork. Here ARE a few of my favs, not HERE'S a few of my favs.

    (Plus there are more typos inside the quotes...whatever!)

    Jeepers, should I just stop homeschooling now?

  3. I love the one from the Magician's Nephew you quoted. I have not read that book. The one from the Last Battle is also one of my faves.