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My dear young fellow,' the Old-Green-Grasshopper said gently, 'there are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't started wondering about yet.
If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I'll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else.
Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.
And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
I shot down some German planes and I got shot down myself, crashing in a burst of flames and crawling out, getting rescued by brave soldiers.
I was a fighter pilot, flying Hurricanes all round the Mediterranean. I flew in the Western Desert of Libya, in Greece, in Syria, in Iraq and in Egypt.
The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. He wants a drink. He needs it.
Do you know what breakfast cereal is made of? It's made of all those little curly wooden shavings you find in pencil sharpeners!
Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you.
We make realities out of our dreams and dreams out of our realities. We are the dreamers of the dream.
A life is made up of a great number of small incidents, and a small number of great ones.
It's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself
So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall.
Kindness - that simple word. To be kind - it covers everything, to my mind. If you're kind that's it.
A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom.
My father was a Norwegian who came from a small town near Oslo. He broke his arm at the elbow when he was 14, and they amputated it.
Mr. Twit was a twit. He was born a twit. And, now at the age of sixty, he was a bigger twit than ever.
It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.
It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
The Alexander Technique works... I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who has neck pains or back pain.
We have so much time and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.
The more risks you allow your children to make, the better they learn to look after themselves.
I do have a blurred memory of sitting on the stairs and trying over and over again to tie one of my shoelaces, but that is all that comes back to me of school itself.
The greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
You'll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that.
There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination. Living there, you'll be free if you truly wish to be.
Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.
Two wrongs don't make a right.
Some children are spoiled and it is not their fault, it is their parents.
No book ever ends, when it's full of your friends.
There's nothin' you can get from a book that you can't get from a television fastah!" -Harry Wormwood
Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it.
A BOOK?! WHAT D'YOU WANNA FLAMING BOOK FOR?...WE'VE GOT A LOVELY TELLY WITH A 12-INCH SCREEN AND NOW YA WANNA BOOK!
Good writing is essentially rewriting.
If I had my way, I'd remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead.
Whipped cream isn't whipped cream at all if it hasnt been whipped with whips, just like poached eggs isn't poached eggs unless it's been stolen in the dead of the night.
All through my school life I was appalled by the fact that masters and senior boys were allowed quite literally to wound other boys, and sometimes very severely.
The writer has to force himself to work. He has to make his own hours and if he doesn't go to his desk at all there is nobody to scold him.
And don’t worry about the bits you can’t understand. Sit back and allow the words to wash around you, like music.
The walls were wet and sticky, and peach juice was dripping from the ceiling. James opened his mouth and caught some of it on his tongue. It tasted delicious.
A little magic can take you a long way.
I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up. I think they do it deliberately, just to annoy me.
The secret of life', he said, 'is to become very very good at somethin' that's very very 'ard to do.
If I were a headmaster, I would get rid of the history teacher and get a chocolate teacher instead and my pupils would study a subject that affected all of them.
If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.
I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice.
I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!
A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly.