(My beautiful friend Mariah surprised me with this gem of a book in the mail a few weeks ago and God has used it so much in lesson planning for the girls this summer and for my own heart. Designed as an easy to use encyclopedia, The Quotable Lewis is most definitely a worthy investment. I pray you are encouraged and humbled by the following. Yay God. Yay Clive.)
There was about a second of intense silence.
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.”
“Dearest daughter,” said Aslan, planting a lion’s kiss on her twitching, velvet nose, “I knew you would not be long in coming to me. Joy shall be yours.”
Then he lifted his head and spoke in a louder voice:
“Now, Bree,” he said, “you poor, proud frightened Horse, draw near. Nearer still, my son. Do not dare not to dare. Touch me. Smell me. Here are my paws, here is my tail, these are my whiskers. I am a true Beast.”
“Aslan,” said Bree in a shaken voice, “I’m afraid I must be rather a fool.”
“Happy the horse who knows that while he is still young. Or the Human either.”
-C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy