Top 32 Frances Hodgson Burnett Quotes

My mother always says people should be able to take care of themselves, even if they’re rich and important.


Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen.


I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden.


She did not care very much for other little girls, but if she had plenty of books she could console herself.


Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book.


She liked books more than anything else, and was, in fact, always inventing stories of beautiful things and telling them to herself.


I wish I was friends with things,” he said at last, “but I’m not. I never had anything to be friends with, and I can’t bear people.


Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…”It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…


There is nothing so nice as supposing. It’s almost like being a fairy. If you suppose anything hard enough it seems as if it were real.


If you fill your mind with a beautiful thought, there will be no room in it for an ugly one. – King Amor


Thoughts — just mere thoughts — are as powerful as electric batteries — as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison.


Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way – or always to have it.


To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live.


The mere fact that Lottie had come and gone away again made things seem a little worse-just as perhaps prisoners feel a little more desolate after visitors come and go, leaving them behind.


I am sure there is Magic in everything, only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us


Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world, but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it.


Magic is in her just as it is in Dickon,” said Colin. “It makes her think of ways to do things – nice things.


I am sure there is Magic in everything, only we have not sence enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us – like electricity and horses and steam.


You said th’ Magic was in my back. Th’ doctor calls it rheumatics.


Of course there must be lots of magic in the world but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.


Why, we are just the same – I am only a little girl like you. It’s just an accident that I am not you, and you are not me!


We trifle with France and labour with Germany, we sentimentalize over Italy and ecstacise over Spain- but England we love.


If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.


Dr. Warren was of the mental build of the man whose life would be interesting and full of outlook if it were spent on a desert island or in the Bastille.


you are going to be sent home….I ‘m glad of it but where’s HOME ?


You can lose a friend in springtime easier than any other season if you’re too curious.


It’s a lonely place. Sometimes it’s the loneliest place in the world.


I know what it is to be hungry, and it is very hard when one cannot even pretend it away. -Sara


She had never been taught to ask permission to do things, and she knew nothing at all about authority, so she would not have thought it necessary to ask Mrs. Medlock if she might walk about the house, even if she had seen her.


We do not believe until we want a thing and feel that we shall die if it is not granted to us and then we kneel and believe.


At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done then they begin to hope it can be done then they see it can be done-then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.


It is astonishing how short a time it takes for very wonderful things to happen.



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