26 July, 2013

Quotable Friday (14)

I love reading quotations. Whether they’re funny, wise or poignant, I love those snapshots into the human mind; I love the beauty of language. There aren’t always easy ways to crowbar great passages from novels or thoughtful quotations into ordinary blog posts, so on Fridays I’m letting them speak for themselves.

Every single time I do one of these posts I could make it about CS Lewis. I adore his writing - his theological works are wonderful, but his fiction is the best. Here are a selection of my favourite quotations from my favourite Narnia book The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

"Ah, you've come over the water. Powerful wet stuff, ain't it?"

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.

“In our world," said Eustace, "a star is a huge ball of flaming gas." "Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is, but only what it is made of.”  

“A dragon has just flown over the tree-tops and lighted on the beach. Yes, I am afraid it is between us and the ship. And arrows are no use against dragons. And they're not at all afraid of fire."
"With your Majesty's leave-" began Reepicheep.
"No, Reepicheep," said the King very firmly, "you are not to attempt a single combat with it.”  


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    1. He's my favourite Narnia character!

  2. Love the second one!

    (The second one somehow sounds like a rustic Hardy character)

    1. That's probably my overall favourite too. CS Lewis has beautifully matter-of-fact humour.


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