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The Wisdom of Narnia

The Wisdom of Narnia

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The Wisdom of Narnia

5/5 (10 ratings)
54 pages
13 minutes
Dec 4, 2012


A collection of quotes and excerpts with black-and-white art from all seven books in the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wisdom of Narnia is a charming compilation of Narnian words of comfort and inspiration that speaks volumes in just 60 pages.

More than sixty years since C. S. Lewis first captivated readers with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the characters of The Chronicles of Narnia continue to enchant us with the wit, observations, and truths that have made millions of fans take them to heart for a lifetime. To read Narnians' thoughts about their world is to see deeper into our own.

Discover more Narnian wisdom by reading the entire series: The Magician's Nephew; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; The Horse and His Boy; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; and The Last Battle.

Dec 4, 2012

About the author

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a fellow and tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement.

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  • 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.

  • Their prison is only in their own minds, yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out.

  • What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.

  • It’s rather late to be thinking of precautions now that we’re inside and the door shut behind us.

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The Wisdom of Narnia - C. S. Lewis



Simple Pleasures

Kindness & Loyalty

Free & Equal


Cleverness/Clever Council



Friendship & Fellowship

Wisdom of Aslan

Everyday Truths

Intelligence & Reason

Silly Sense

Common Sense


A Lesson Learned

True Leadership


Reaping Evil

Bad Choices

Philosophy of Puddleglum

The Effect of Beauty


Heart’s Desires


The End & the Beginning

About the Author and Illustrator


About the Publisher

Abbreviations used in this book:

MN—The Magician’s Nephew

LWW—The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

HHB—The Horse and His Boy

PC—Prince Caspian

VDT—The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

SC—The Silver Chair

LB—The Last Battle


The Wisdom of Narnia

Captivated by the spirited adventures of C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, generations of readers have also been touched and inspired by their timeless wisdom, simple truths, and gentle humor. We come to understand, through excerpts from all seven books, the power of this special place that has been so

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    The Wisdom of Narnia is a gift book, and it was given to me as a gift. Reading from the front inside cover, it says, "To read the Narnians' thoughts about their world is to see deeper into our own. Here is a collection of the best quotes and excerpts from all seven books . . ."Since it is a gift book, which is also confirmed on the inside front cover, it is not exhaustive, and to say that it is the best quotes and excerpts is to say that a spoonful from some of my wife's recipes are the best spoonfuls.Yet they are good quotes. The Chronicles of Narnia are children's books fit for adults because of their creative wisdom contained therein. The quotes bring back the the memory of the stories, refreshing and nostalgic as if one were reading the books again. The quotes are divided up into headings, which lends a sort of commentary to the passage being quoted. For example, a quote from King Lune of Archenland, which states, "The king's under the law, for the law makes him the king," is compiled under the heading, "True Leadership," thus making the passage one that can be meditated upon.To be sure there are quotes and excerpts that I find missing form the book, but the fact that it brings to my mind that they are missing is a mark that a good job was done in selecting good quotes.The pictures from the original artist of the book are also enchanting and add to the enjoyment of the book.The book is one that can be dipped into on a slow day and enjoyed.