Lessons for Grown-Ups from Children's BooksFor Christmas, I got a book called What the Dormouse Said. It's a collection of quotes from various children's books on different topics like Faith & Courage, Imagination & Adventure, Animals, Character, Hidden Truths, etc. It captures what I love most about children's books: profound simplicity.
Children's book authors know how to see the big picture and whittle it down to a practical musing.
I love how the symbolism of fantasy can entertain and educate, teaching us to see the world in a whole new way. That is very appealing to me, how stories can strip away the pretentiousness of language and ideas, turning them instead into humble observations. The innocence of it all is so refreshing!
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:
"When your head's full of pictures, they have to come out."
- Incredible Ned, Bil Maynard, 1997
"Music is very nice for a party because it gives you time to eat your fill
without having to make conversation."
- The Cricket in Times Square, George Selden, 1960
"Those that wish to be clean, clean they will be; and those that wish to be
foul, foul they will be. Remember."
- The Water-Babies, Charles Kingsley, 1863
"Cruelty cannot stop the earth's heart from beating"
- To Be a Drum, Evelyn Coleman, 1998
"It is such a secret place, the land of tears."
- The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1943
"It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that."
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling, 1997
A girl can't spoil herself, you know. Who spoiled her, then? Ah, who indeed?
- Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl, 1964
"The Princess looked at her more closely. 'Tell me,' she resumed,
'are you of royal blood?'
'Better than that, ma'am', said Dorothy. 'I came from Kansas.'"
- Ozma of Oz, L. Frank Baum, 1907
"Half the fun of nearly everything, you know, is thinking about it
beforehand or afterward."
- Uncle Wiggly's Story Book, Howard R. Garis, 1921
"The whole world is full of things, and somebody has to look for them."
- Pippy Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren, 1950
"Nothing cures homesickness quicker than an unexplored tower."
- Beauty & the Beast, Nancy Willard, 1992