There is something so satisfying about reading a sentence or collection of sentences, which make you understand something with sudden clarity. 

A few well connected words can interrupt your active mind; they can reshape your values and outlook. 

Some of the most magical and timeless phrases in literature can be found within children’s books. Something which makes me wonder whether they were buried there for the children listening to the stories, or the adults reading aloud. 

 

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” 

From: Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A.Milne

 

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“You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

Any direction you choose.”

From: Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr Seuss

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“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”

From: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

 

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“Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it’s unbelievable” 

From: Matilda by Roald Dahl

 

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“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” 

From: Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A.Milne

 

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“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” 

From: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

 

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“Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.” 

From: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

 

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“Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

From: Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

 

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“You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.”

From: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

 

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“Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

From: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

 

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“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

From: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

 

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“The matter with human beans,” the BFG went on, “is that they is absolutely refusing to believe in anything unless they is actually seeing it right in front of their own schnozzles”.

From: The BFG by Roald Dahl

 

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“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

From: The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco

 

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“We all can dance,” he said, “if we find the music that we love.”

From: Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

 

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“You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

From: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

 

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“And so for a time it looked as if all the adventures were coming to an end; but that was not to be.”

From: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

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