Frances Hodgson Burnett Quotes

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1. “In each century since the beginning of the world wonderful things have been discovered. In the last century more amazing things were found out than in any other century before. In this new century hundreds of things still more astounding will be brought to light. At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing 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. One of these things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts- just mere thoughts- are as powerful as electric batteries- as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. 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 Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett1911”

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Source : The Secret Garden

2. “In the garden there was nothing which was not quite like themselves - nothing which did not understand the wonderfulness of what was happening to them - the immense, tender, terrible, heart-breaking beauty and solemnity of Eggs. If there had been one person in that garden who had not known through all his or her innermost being that if an Egg were taken away or hurt the whole world would whirl round and crash through space and come to an end... there could have been no happiness even in that golden springtime air.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

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

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4. “The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The few books she had read and liked had been fairy-story books, and she had read of secret gardens in some of the stories. Sometimes people went to sleep in them for a hundred years, which she had thought must be rather stupid. She had no intention of going to sleep, and, in fact, she was becoming wider awake every day which passed at Misselthwaite.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

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

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Source : The Secret Garden

6. “Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”

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Source : A Little Princess

7. “Two things cannot be in one place. Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.”

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8. “If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that--warm things, kind things, sweet things--help and comfort and laughter--and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.”

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Source : A Little Princess

9. “The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off - and they are nearly always doing it.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

10. “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...”

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Source : The Secret Garden

11. “One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as electric batteries—as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. 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... surprising things can happen to any one who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in one place."Where you tend a rose, my lad, A thistle cannot grow.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

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

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Source : The Secret Garden

13. “...and her mother had been a great beauty who cared only to go to parties and amuse herself with gay parties.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

14. “Sometimes since I've been in the garden I've looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden - in all the places.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

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

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Source : A Little Princess

16. “Much more surprising things can happen to anyone who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable, determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in one place.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

17. “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.”

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Source : A Little Princess

18. “He sat down in his chair by the fire and began to chat, as was his habit before he and his wife parted to dress for dinner. When he was out during the day he often looked forward to these chats, and made notes of things he would like to tell his Mary. During her day, which was given to feminine duties and pleasures, she frequently did the same thing. Between seven and eight in the evening they had delightful conversational opportunities. He picked up her book and glanced it over, he asked her a few questions and answered a few...”

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Source : The Methods of Lady Walderhurst

19. “But the calm had brought a sort of courage and hope with it. Instead of giving way to thoughts of the worst, he actually found he was trying to believe in better things.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

20. “When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was true too . . . she was as tyrannical and selfish a little pig as ever lived.”

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21. “How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.”

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Source : A Little Princess

22. “Am I the same cold, ragged damp Sara? And to think I used to pretend and pretend and wish there were fairies! The one thing I always wanted was to see a fairy story come true. I am living in a fairy story. I feel as if I might be a fairy myself, and able to turn things into anything else.”

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Source : A Little Princess

23. “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.”

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24. “Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world," he said wisely one day, "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. I am going to try and experiment.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

25. “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”

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Source : The Secret Garden

26. “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.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

27. “However many years she lived, Mary always felt that 'she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow'.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

28. “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.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

29. “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.”

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Source : The Methods of Lady Walderhurst

30. “The mere fact of her sufferings and adventures made her a priceless possession.”

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

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Source : The Land of the Blue Flower

32. “Gente egoísta é que diz isso. Chama de egoísta todo mundo que não faz o que eles querem.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

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

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Source : The Shuttle

34. “A body 'as to move gentle an' speak low when wild things is about.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

35. “It's a lonely place. Sometimes it's the loneliest place in the world.”

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Source : A Little Princess

36. “I am growing quite fond of him,” she said to Ermengarde; “I should not like him to be disturbed. I have adopted him for a friend. You can do that with people you never speak to at all. You can just watch them, and think about them and be sorry for them, until they seem almost like relations. I’m quite anxious sometimes when I see the doctor call twice a day.”

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Source : A Little Princess

37. “So her heart was more drawn to him than before. When she was sent out at night she used sometimes to feel quite glad, because there was always a chance that the curtains of the house next door might not yet be closed and she could look into the warm room and see her adopted friend. When no one was about she used sometimes to stop, and, holding to the iron railings, wish him good night as if he could hear her.“Perhaps you can feel if you can’t hear,” was her fancy. “Perhaps kind thoughts reach people somehow, even through windows and doors and walls. Perhaps you feel a little warm and comforted, and don’t know why, when I am standing here in the cold and hoping you will get well and happy again. I am so sorry for you,” she would whisper in an intense little voice. “I wish you had a ‘Little Missus’ who could pet you as I used to pet papa when he had a headache. I should like to be your ‘Little Missus’ myself, poor dear! Good night ­good night. God bless you!”

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Source : A Little Princess

38. “When a man is overcome by anger, he has a poisoned fever. He loses his strength, he loses his power over himself and over others. He throws away time in which he might have gained the end he desires. The is no time for anger in the world. - The Ancient One”

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Source : The Land of the Blue Flower

39. “At that moment a very good thing was happening to her. Four good things had happened to her, in fact, since she came to Misselthwaite Manor. She had felt as if she had understood a robin and that he had understood her; she had run in the wind until her blood had grown warm; she had been healthily hungry for the first time in her life; and she had found out what it was to be sorry for someone.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

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

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41. “If Nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that- warm things, kind things, sweet things-help and comfort and laughter- and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.”

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Source : A Little Princess

42. “You can lose a friend in springtime easier than any other season if you're too curious.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

43. “…Mrs. Warren allowed her book to fall closed upon her lap, and her attractive face awakened to an expression of agreeable expectation, in itself denoting the existence of interesting and desirable qualities in the husband at the moment inserting his latch-key in the front door preparatory to mounting the stairs and joining her. The man who, after twenty-five years of marriage, can call, by his return to her side, this expression to the countenance of an intelligent woman is, without question or argument, an individual whose life and occupations are as interesting as his character and points of view.”

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Source : The Methods of Lady Walderhurst

44. “Perhaps you can feel if you can’t hear,” was her fancy. “Perhaps kind thoughts reach people somehow, even through windows and doors and walls. Perhaps you feel a little warm and comforted, and don’t know why, when I am standing here in the cold and hoping you will get well and happy again.”

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Source : A Little Princess

45. “She says it has nothing to do with what you look like, or what you have. It has only to do with what you think of and what you do.”

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46. “I dare say it is rather hard to be a rat,” she mused. “Nobody likes you. People jump and run away and scream out: ‘Oh, a horrid rat!’ I shouldn’t like people to scream and jump and say: ‘Oh, a horrid Sara!’ the moment they saw me, and set traps for me, and pretend they were dinner. It’s so different to be a sparrow. But nobody asked this rat if he wanted to be a rat when he was made. Nobody said: ‘Wouldn’t you rather be a sparrow?”

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Source : A Little Princess

47. “It will be like a story from the Arabian Nights," he said. "Only an Oriental could have planned it. It does not belong to London fogs.”

Tags : A Little Princess

48. “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.”

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Source : A Little Princess

49. “As she came closer to him she noticed that there was a clean fresh scent of heather and grass and leaves about him, almost as if he were made of them. She liked it very much and when she looked into his funny face with the red cheeks and round blue eyes she forgot that she had felt shy.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

50. “Uno de los descubrimientos mas extraordinarios de este siglo ha sido el que los pensamientos son tan poderosos como las pilas eléctricas, tan buenos como la luz y tan peligrosos como el veneno. si permitimos que un pensamiento triste o malo se introduzca en nuestra mente es tan arriesgado como dejar que un virus se apodere de nuestro cuerpo. Si se le permite quedarse, es posible que no podamos desprendernos nunca mas de èl.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

51. “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.”

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52. “In the last century more amazing things were found out than in any century before. In this new century hundreds of things still more astounding will be brought to light.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

53. “...nothing which did not understand the wonderfulness of what was happening to them--the immense, tender, terrible, heart-breaking beauty and solemnity of Eggs...if an Egg were to be taken away or hurt the whole world would whirl round and crash through space and come to an end...”

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Source : The Secret Garden

54. “Sólo muy de vez en cuando se puede estar seguro de que se va a vivir para siempre jamás, y ésa es una de las curiosidades de la vida. A veces sucede cuando uno se levanta al amanecer, ese momento de meliflua solemnidad, y se sale al jardín y se queda uno allí quieto y solo; y se levanta mucho la mirada, más y más arriba, y se observa cómo muda de color el pálido cielo azul, sonrojándose, cómo va sucediendo lo insólito y maravilloso, hasta que el Oriente casi le hace a uno clamar, y el corazón parece que cesara de latir ante la inexplicable, imperturbable majestad del sol naciente. Desde hace miles y miles de años, esto es lo que acontece cada mañana, y es entonces cuando durante un instante se sabe que uno va a vivir siempre.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

55. “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.”

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56. “Perhaps, the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

57. “Listen to th' wind wutherin' round the house," she said. "You could bare stand up on the moor if you was out on it tonight."Mary did not know what "wutherin'" meant until she listened, and then she understood. It must mean that hollow shuddering sort of roar which rushed round and round the house, as if the giant no one could see were buffeting it and beating at the walls and windows to try to break in. But one knew he could not get in, and somehow it made one feel very safe and warm inside a room with a red coal fire.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

58. “One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts- just mere thoughts- are as powerful as electric batteries- as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. 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 you in you may never get over it as long as you live.”

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59. “One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts--just mere thoughts--are as powerful as electric batteries--as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. 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.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

60. “Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way - or always to have it.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

61. “He's been spoiled 'til salt won't save him.”

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62. “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.”

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Source : A Little Princess

63. “you are going to be sent home....I 'm glad of it but where's HOME ?”

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Source : The Secret Garden

64. “The great strength she had used in the old days to conquer and subdue, to win her will and to defend her way, seemed now a power but to protect the suffering and uphold the weak, and this she did, not alone in hovels but in the brilliant court and world of fashion, for there she found suffering and weakness also, all the more bitter and sorrowful since it dared not cry aloud.”

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Source : A Lady Of Quality

65. “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.”

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Source : The Secret Garden

66. “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.”

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67. “One marvel of a day he had walked so far that when he returned the moon was high and full and all the world was purple shadow and silver.”

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Source : The Secret Garden