Thoughts from children's books

Published: Oct 15, 2016 06:45:55 AM IST
Updated: Oct 12, 2016 05:18:31 PM IST


I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
—Louisa May Alcott Little Women

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
—JRR Tolkien  The Hobbit


Sometimes I have believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
—Lewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland

Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
—Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


The moment where you doubt you can fly, you cease forever being able to do it.
—JM Barrie Peter Pan

Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
—AA Milne Winnie-the-Pooh



It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The Little Prince

You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.
—EB White Charlotte’s Web


If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew. Just go right along, and you’ll start happening too.
—Dr Seuss Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

My father got the dog drunk on cherry brandy at the party last night. If the RSPCA hear about it, he could get done.
—Sue Townsend
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾


Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.
—JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

There’s no place like home.
—L Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Images:  Baum: Apic / Getty Images; Alcott: Bettmann / Getty Images; Seuss, Antoine, Lewis, Barrie: Getty Images; Rowling: Carlo Allegri / Reuters

Click here to see Forbes India's comprehensive coverage on the Covid-19 situation and its impact on life, business and the economy​

(This story appears in the 28 October, 2016 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from To visit our Archives, click here.)

Show More
Post Your Comment
Required, will not be published
All comments are moderated