Quotes from The Horse and His Boy

C.S. Lewis ·  224 pages

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“Do not dare not to dare.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“Child,' said the Lion, 'I am telling you your story, not hers. No one is told any story but their own.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I'm afraid even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up they were so used to quarreling and making it up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“But one of the worst results of being a slave and being forced to do things is that when there is no one to force you any more you find you have almost lost the power of forcing yourself.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“When things go wrong, you'll find they usually go on getting worse for some time; but when things once start going right they often go on getting better and better.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy



“Onward and Upward! To Narnia and the North!”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“if you do one good deed your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“Your Majesty would have a perfect right to strike off his head," said Peridan. "Such an assault as he made puts him on a level with assassins."
"It is very true," said Edmund. "But even a traitor may mend. I have known one that did." And he looked very thoughtful.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“Do not by any means destroy yourself, for if you live you may yet have good fortune, but all the dead are dead like.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“Dearest Daughter. I knew you would not be long in coming to me. Joy shall be yours.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy



“It is very true. But even a traitor may mend. I have known one who did.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“Please,' she said, 'You're so beautiful. You may eat me if you like. I'd rather be eaten by you than fed by anyone else.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“See the bear in his own den before you judge of his conditions.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“Then Hwin, though shaking all over, gave a strange little neigh and trotted across to the Lion.

"Please," she said, "you're so beautiful. You may eat me if you like. I'd sooner be eaten by you than fed by anyone else.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“But as long as you know you're nobody special, you'll be a very decent sort of Horse, on the whole, and taking one thing with another.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy



“Who are you?'
One who has waited long for you to speak.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“Come, live with me and you'll know me.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“One of the drawbacks about adventures is that when you come to the most beautiful places you are often too anxious and hurried to appreciate them.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“The bolt of Tash falls from above!'
'Does it ever get caught on a hook halfway?”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“The harder you tried not to think, the more you thought.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy



“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.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“People who know a lot of the same things can hardly help talking about them.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“Who are you?” asked Shasta.

“Myself,” said the Voice, very deep and low so that the earth shook: and again “Myself,” loud and clear and gay: and then the third time “Myself,” whispered so softly you could hardly hear it, and yet it seemed to come from all around you as if the leaves rustled with it.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“In other words," it continued, "you can't ride. That's a drawback. I'll have to teach you as we go along. If you can't ride, can you fall?"
"I suppose anyone can fall," said Shasta.
"I mean can you fall and get up again without crying and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid of falling?”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“I don't want him to live forever, and I know that he's not going to live forever whether I want him to or not.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy



“My good Horse," said the Hermit, who had approached them unnoticed because his bare feet made so little noise on that sweet, dewy grass. "My good Horse, you've lost nothing but your self-conceit. No, no, cousin. Don't put back your ears and shake your mane at me. If you are really so humbled as you sounded a minute ago, you must learn to listen to sense. You're not quite the great Horse you had come to think, from living among poor dumb horses. Of course you were braver and cleverer than them. You could hardly help being that. It doesn't follow that you'll be anyone very special in Narnia. But as long as you know you're nobody very special, you'll be a very decent sort of Horse, on the whole, and taking one thing with another.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“Father! Can I box him? Please!”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“And certainly both Horses were doing, if not all they could, all they thought they could; which is not quite the same thing.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“Here. All of you. And you, doorkeeper. No one is to be let out of the house today. And anyone I catch talking about this young lady will be first beaten to death and then burned alive and after that be kept on bread and water for six weeks. There.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy


“It is very true,” said Edmund. “But even a traitor may mend. I have known one that did.” And he looked very thoughtful.”
― C.S. Lewis, quote from The Horse and His Boy



About the author

C.S. Lewis
Born place: in Belfast, Ireland
Born date November 29, 1898
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