Words of Wisdom From C. S. Lewis

It takes more wisdom to be a child than to be an adult.
C.S. Lewis understood this, but not until he was fifty.

“When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so.  Now that I am fifty, I read them openly.  When I became a man, I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”

Thank you Sue Vincent for posting this a long time ago.  It has stayed with me.  I want to keep these words alive.  Read fairy tales with abandon.  Read them out loud.  They have far more wisdom than we realize.  Sometimes it takes us until we’re fifty to truly understand.  C.S. Lewis got it.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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75 Responses to Words of Wisdom From C. S. Lewis

  1. I didn’t know that’s where this quote came from (putting away childish things). Good to know.

  2. cindy knoke says:

    I so relate! How wonderful. Never lose the child in you!

  3. A lovely quote, Jennie. I think getting old frees us up to be young and carefree in multiple ways. 🙂 CS Lewis got it right. 🙂

  4. He did get it, Jennie. Thanks

  5. Here, here!! Love this quote.

  6. This really means a lot to me. Thank you Sue and Jennie!

  7. I missed childhood when I was young so I’m having it now. I’m old enough to really enjoy it and take full advantage of it. 🙂 I do so very much love this quote. Thank you.

  8. Ritu says:

    A brilliant quote, and so relevant now, where many children and teens haven’t really had a childhood, wanting to grow up too fast… I hope they all realise their lost childhoods when they get a bit older and live it. We can only try and encourage it at the right age, as teachers, but they need to live it.
    I miss my childhood!!! ❤️

  9. Annika Perry says:

    A wonderful quote to start my day, Jennie! 😀 It sure does take a while to realise how amazing it is to embrace that ‘childishness’ and how it is anything but childish!

  10. beetleypete says:

    Lewis certainly understood how the circle of life allows you to enjoy a second childhood, if you so wish. We all need to embrace the simple joy of being a child, on occasion.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  11. Dan Antion says:

    This is a very nice post, Jennie – I love the notion of not being afraid of childishness.

  12. Darlene says:

    Such a perfect quote and one that rings true for many of us. I see my 90-year-old mother happy and enjoying life. It’s probably the happiest she has ever been. You are never too old to enjoy a happy childhood.

  13. L. Marie says:

    Yay! What an excellent quote! I love C.S. Lewis! Thanks for posting this, Jennie!

  14. A very true quote. Thank you for sharing this, Jennie! Have a beautiful weekend! Michael

  15. Ellen says:

    I do love C.S. Lewis and this is an excellent quote. Although I do believe that he took the phrase ‘when I became a man, I put away childish things’ from I Corinthians Chapter 13, Verse 11. I spent several summers as a child going to an Old Mennonite Church summer vacation Bible School. We were not Mennonite, but my Mother saw no harm and it took us from under her feet part of the long summer. I learned this particular verse from the kind hearted Mennonite women teachers and can recite it to this day. I’m very fond of these words from Albert Einstein : “If you want your children to be intelligent, read the fairy tales. If you want your children to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Thank-you!

  16. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    Jennie, thank you for this extremely important lesson!

  17. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you so much for this post!

  18. A lovely quote, Jennie. Thanks for sharing.

  19. I’ve enjoyed reading kids’ books all my life – though I would never have admitted it in my teens and twenties!

  20. ren says:

    “What once was thought of as childish fairytales, is actually how life works!”

    You have a very powerful and true post here, Jennie!
    Bless you and my heart, thanks your heart…

  21. mitchteemley says:

    Yes! “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” ~Matthew 18:3

  22. The Hook says:

    And now it will stay with me.
    Thank you, Sue and Jennie.

  23. Norah says:

    Great quote – the wisdom of a child.

  24. Sarah says:

    He’s one of my favourite writers! 😄

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  26. antonia_ says:

    So relatable!

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