So that statement might not be true but I’ve succeeded in avoiding the temptation to put 10 Dr Seuss quotes up.
As worthwhile as life affirming sound-bites can be, children’s literature has often ventured a little further and heavier in its observations.
This list probably works best alongside something lighter and more forgiving to humanity.
In the beginning was the word
and the word is ours;
the names of places,
the names of flowers,
the names of names.
– Words are Ours, Michael Rosen
Well, maybe it started that way. As a dream, but doesn’t everything. Those buildings. These lights. This whole city. Somebody had to dream about it first. And maybe that is what I did. I dreamed about coming here, but then I did it.
– James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
‘Another Sandwich!’ said the King.
‘There’s nothing but hay left now,’ the messenger said, peeping into the bag.
‘Hay, then,’ the king murmured in a faint whisper.
Alice was glad to see that it revived him a good deal. ‘There’s nothing like eating hay when you’re faint,’ he remarked to her, as he munched away.
‘I should think throwing cold water over you would be better,’ Alice suggested: ‘or some sal-volatile.’
‘I didn’t say there was nothing better,’ the King replied. I said there was nothing like it.’ Which Alice did not venture to deny.
– Alice in Wonder Land, Lewis Carroll
Length of days with an evil heart is only length of misery and already she begins to know it. All get what they want; they do not always like it.”
– The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S.Lewis
I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.
– The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all – the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them.
– Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K.Rowling
The reason the beasts give among themselves is that Man is the weakest and most defenseless of all living things, and it is unsportsmanlike to touch him.
– The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
Fate is like a strange, unpopular resteraunt filled with off little waiters who bring you things you never asked for and don’t always like.
– The Slippery Slope, Lemony Snicket
“If you’re all so peaceful up there, how did you get such greedy and cruel ideas?”
The dragon was silent for a long time after this question. And at last he said: “It just came over me. I don’t know why. It just came over me, listening to the battling shouts and war-cries of the earth – I got excited, I want to join in.”
The Iron Man, Ted Hughes
I suppose it’s like the ticking crocodile, isn’t it? Time chasing after all of us.
Peter Pan, J.M.Barrie
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