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100 Frances Hodgson Burnett Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: When a man is overcome by anger, he has a poisoned fever. He loses his 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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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: It sounded like something in a book and it did not make Mary feel cheerful. It sounded like something in a book and it did not make Mary feel cheerful. A house with a hundred rooms, nearly all shut up and with their doors locked - a house on the edge of a moor - whatsoever a moor was - sounded dreary. A man with a crooked back who shut himself up also! She stared out of the window with her lips pinched together, and it seemed quite natural that the rain should have begun to pour down in gray
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: It was a long corridor and it branched into other corridors and it led her It was a long corridor and it branched into other corridors and it led her up short flights of steps which mounted to others again. There
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: But I suppose there might be good in things, even if we don't see it. But I suppose there might be good in things, even if we don't see it.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: All that I do is right - for me. I make it so by doing All that I do is right - for me. I make it so by doing it. Do you think that I am conquered by the laws that other women crouch and whine before, because they dare not break them, though they long to do so? I am my own law - and the law of some others.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was 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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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as 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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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?" ... "It is the sun 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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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: She liked books more than anything else, and was, in fact, always inventing stories of 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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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Perhaps you can feel if you can't hear," was her fancy. "Perhaps kind thoughts reach 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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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Children's as good as 'rithmetic to set you findin' out things. Children's as good as 'rithmetic to set you findin' out things.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: THE SECRET GARDEN THE SECRET GARDEN
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: You can lose a friend in springtime easier than any other season if you're too You can lose a friend in springtime easier than any other season if you're too curious.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Imagine, if you can, what the rest of the evening was like. How they crouched Imagine, if you can, what the rest of the evening was like. How they crouched by the fire which blazed and leaped and made much of itself in the little grate. How they removed the covers of the dishes, and found rich, hot savory soup, which was a meal in itself, and sandwiches and toast and muffins enough for both of them.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: In each century since the beginning of the world wonderful things have been discovered. In 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 Burnett
1911
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: There was something friendly about Sara, and people always felt it. There was something friendly about Sara, and people always felt it.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Am one of the ugliest children I ever saw. She is beginning Am one of the ugliest children I ever saw. She is beginning
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is 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.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: She lay and listened to the quietness. She lay and listened to the quietness.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Everything's a story - You are a story -I am a story. Everything's a story - You are a story -I am a story.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: The very fact that she never made an impudent answer seemed to Miss Minchin a The very fact that she never made an impudent answer seemed to Miss Minchin a kind of impudence in itself.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Whatever comes cannot alter one thing. Whatever comes cannot alter one thing.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: What you have to do with your mind, when your body is miserable, is to What you have to do with your mind, when your body is miserable, is to make it think of something else.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Perhaps when her eyes closed the sultriness of the night had changed to the momentary Perhaps when her eyes closed the sultriness of the night had changed to the momentary freshness of the turning dawn,
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: You said th' Magic was in my back. Th' doctor calls it rheumatics. You said th' Magic was in my back. Th' doctor calls it rheumatics.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Oh,Sara. It is like a story." "It is a story ... everything is a story. Oh,Sara. It is like a story." "It is a story ... everything is a story. You are a story-I am a story. Miss Minchin is a story.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: The difficulty will be to keep her from learning too fast and too much. She The difficulty will be to keep her from learning too fast and too much. She is always sitting with her little nose burrowing into books. She doesn't read them, Miss Minchin; she gobbles them up as if she were a little wolf instead of a little girl. She is always starving for new books to gobble, and she wants grown-up books
great, big, fat ones
French and German as well as English
history and biography and poets, and all sorts of things. Drag her away from her books when she reads too much.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: She herself could not have explained the reasons for her silence; She herself could not have explained the reasons for her silence;
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: I am going to," answered I am going to," answered
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Perhaps it is the key to the garden! Perhaps it is the key to the garden!
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles. And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain 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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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: her chest began to rise and fall with a quickening of her breath, and her her chest began to rise and fall with a quickening of her breath, and her breath quickened because her heart fluttered - as if with her haste.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Mountains & low hills would enclose us, & gardens & woods & green spaces would Mountains & low hills would enclose us, & gardens & woods & green spaces would surround us - And each pretty house & its garden would hide itself in its very own corner - And the beloved & understanding people would stroll in & out just when they chose & read to each other under trees on lawns & tell stories on broad porches while the mountains & the clouds & the birds & the flowers would look & listen & delight & always understand what everybody meant because they would all belong.
-from Frances Hodgson Burnett: The unexpected life of the author of the Secret Garden
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Sometimes since I've been in the garden I've looked up through the trees at the 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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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: We trifle with France and labour with Germany, we sentimentalize over Italy and ecstacise over We trifle with France and labour with Germany, we sentimentalize over Italy and ecstacise over Spain- but England we love.
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Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Well, it is. One of her 'pretends' is that she is a princess. She plays Well, it is. One of her 'pretends' is that she is a princess. She plays it all the time - even in school. She says it makes her learn her lessons better. She wants Ermengarde to be one, too, but Ermengarde says she is too fat.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Lady Maria's charity-knitting which she had taken up. Emily was so gratified that she found Lady Maria's charity-knitting which she had taken up. Emily was so gratified that she found conversation easy. She did not realise that at that particular
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Little Princess Little Lord Little Princess Little Lord
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Dickon says anything will understand if you're friends with it for sure, but you have Dickon says anything will understand if you're friends with it for sure, but you have to be friends for sure.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: She says it has nothing to do with what you look like, or what you 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.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: You either build up or you tear down. You either keep in the light where You either build up or you tear down. You either keep in the light where you can see, or you stand in the dark and fight everything that comes near you, because you can't see and you think it's an enemy.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: My mother always says people should be able to take care of themselves, even if My mother always says people should be able to take care of themselves, even if they're rich and important.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: What does it say?" asked my lord."It says, 'Good-night, God keep you all the night!'--just What does it say?" asked my lord.
"It says, 'Good-night, God keep you all the night!'--just what she used to say when we were together. Every night she used to say that to me, and every morning she said, 'God bless you all the day!' So you see I am quite safe all the time----
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Between the lines of every story there is another story, and that is one that Between the lines of every story there is another story, and that is one that is never heard and can only be guessed at by the people who are good at guessing.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: that the servant who stood by her bedside that the servant who stood by her bedside
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Yorkshire word and means spoiled and Yorkshire word and means spoiled and
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: When new beautiful thoughts began to push out the old hideous ones, life began to When new beautiful thoughts began to push out the old hideous ones, life began to come back to him, his blood ran healthily through his veins and strength poured into him like a flood.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: I don't know who it is," she said; "but somebody cares for me a little. I don't know who it is," she said; "but somebody cares for me a little. I have a friend.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: If Sara had been a boy and lived a few centuries ago, her father used If Sara had been a boy and lived a few centuries ago, her father used to say, 'she would have gone about the country with her sword drawn, rescuing and defending everyone in distress. She always wants to fight when she sees people in trouble.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Once on a dark winter's day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy Once on a dark winter's day, when the yellow fog hung so thick and heavy in the streets of London that the lamps were lighted and the shop windows blazed with gas as they do at night, an odd-looking little girl sat in a cab with her father and was driven rather slowly through the big thoroughfares.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: She was a friendly creature, and lived a life so really isolated from any ordinary She was a friendly creature, and lived a life so really isolated from any ordinary companionship that her simple little talks with Jane and Mrs. Cupp were a pleasure to her. The Cupps were neither gossiping nor intrusive, and she felt as if they were her friends. Once when she had been ill for a week she remembered suddenly realising that
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Only in dreams of springShall I ever see againThe flowering of my cherry trees. Only in dreams of spring
Shall I ever see again
The flowering of my cherry trees.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Perhaps, the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you Perhaps, the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: If Mary Lennox had been a child who was ready to be amused she would If Mary Lennox had been a child who was ready to be amused she would perhaps have laughed at Martha's readiness to talk, but Mary only listened to her coldly and wondered at her freedom of manner.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Are you learning me by heart, little Sara?" he said, stroking her hair."No," she answered. Are you learning me by heart, little Sara?" he said, stroking her hair.
"No," she answered. "I know you by heart. You are inside my heart.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: in a still, delicious room, with the summer morning sunshine in a still, delicious room, with the summer morning sunshine
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: And a man who is six feet three in height has six feet and three And a man who is six feet three in height has six feet and three inches of evil to do battle with, if he has not six feet three of strength and honesty to fight for him.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: I won't have dull people, she used to say, I'm dull myself. I won't have dull people, she used to say, I'm dull myself.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world," he said wisely one 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.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: If you tell stories, you like nothing so much as to tell them to people If you tell stories, you like nothing so much as to tell them to people who want to listen.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: In the garden there was nothing which was not quite like themselves - nothing which 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.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Once when I was givin' th' children a bit of a preach after they'd been Once when I was givin' th' children a bit of a preach after they'd been fightin' I ses to 'em all, When I was at school my jography told as th' world was shaped like a orange an' I found out before I was ten that th' whole orange doesn't belong to nobody. No one owns more than his bit of a quarter an' there's times it seems like there's not enow quarters to go round. But don't you - none o' you - think as you own th' whole orange or you'll find out you're mistaken, an' you won't find it out without hard knocks.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Emily,' she said, 'I am going to ask you to Mallowe on the 2nd. I Emily,' she said, 'I am going to ask you to Mallowe on the 2nd. I want you to help me to take care of people and keep them from boring me and each other, though I don't mind their boring each other half so much as I mind their boring me. I want to be able to go off and take my nap at any hour I choose. I will *not* entertain people. What you can do is to lead them off to gather things or look at church towers. I hope you'll come.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Lottie was so delighted that she quite forgot her first shocked impression of the attic. Lottie was so delighted that she quite forgot her first shocked impression of the attic. In fact, when she was lifted down from the table and returned to earthly things, as it were, Sara was able to point out to her many beauties in the room which she herself would not have suspected the existence of.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: In India she had always felt hot and too languid to care much about anything. In India she had always felt hot and too languid to care much about anything. The fact was that the fresh wind from the moor had begun to blow the cobwebs out of her young brain and to waken her up a little.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Listen to th' wind wutherin' round the house," she said. "You could bare stand up 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.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Much more surprising things can happen to anyone who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought 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.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Had an active social life and enjoyed telling stories Had an active social life and enjoyed telling stories
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Tis a barbaric fancy," said Roxholm thoughtfully as he turned the stem of his glass, Tis a barbaric fancy," said Roxholm thoughtfully as he turned the stem of his glass, keeping his eyes fixed on it as though solving a problem for himself. "A barbaric fancy that a woman needs a master. She who is strong enough is her own conqueror
as a man should be master of himself.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Was looked at askance, and that in the bearing of each member of the group Was looked at askance, and that in the bearing of each member of the group there was a defiance of the general opinion. Roxholm sat on his horse somewhat apart from this group watching it, his kinsman and
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: There's naught as nice as th' smell o' good clean earth, except th' smell o' There's naught as nice as th' smell o' good clean earth, except th' smell o' fresh growin' things when th' rain falls on 'em.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: As the plans of march made by great generals in As the plans of march made by great generals in
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: How is it that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain How is it that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language that is not made up of words & everything in this world understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything & it can always speak, without making a sound, to another soul.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: There is naught a man or woman can not learn who hath the wit. There is naught a man or woman can not learn who hath the wit.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Soldiers don't complain ... I am not going to do it; I will pretend this Soldiers don't complain ... I am not going to do it; I will pretend this is part of a war.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: So she began to feel a slight interest in Dickon, and as she had never So she began to feel a slight interest in Dickon, and as she had never before been interested in any one but herself, it was the dawning of a healthy sentiment. When
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: She knew now why she had come up here. It was so that she might She knew now why she had come up here. It was so that she might feel like this - as if she was upheld far away from things - as if she had left everything behind - almost as if she had fallen awake again. There was no perfume in the air, but all was still and sweet and clear.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: A body 'as to move gentle an' speak low when wild things is about. A body 'as to move gentle an' speak low when wild things is about.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Secret garden that morning, and in the midst of Secret garden that morning, and in the midst of
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Himself, and her mother had been a great beauty who cared only to go to Himself, and her mother had been a great beauty who cared only to go to parties and amuse herself with gay people. She had not wanted a little girl at all, and when Mary was born she handed her over to the care of an Ayah, who was made to understand that if she wished to please the Mem Sahib she must keep the child out of sight as much as possible. So when
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: The Magic in this garden has made me stand up and know I am going The Magic in this garden has made me stand up and know I am going to live to be a man.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: The strong and strange thing - that which moves on its way as do birth The strong and strange thing - that which moves on its way as do birth and death, and the rising and setting of the sun - had begun to move in them. It was no new and rare thing, but an ancient and common one - as common and ancient as death and birth themselves; and part of the law as they are. As it comes to royal persons to whom one makes obeisance at their mere passing by, as it comes to scullery maids in royal kitchens, and grooms in royal stables, as it comes to ladies-in-waiting and the women who serve them, so it had come to these two who had been drawn near to each other from the opposite sides of the earth, and each started at the touch of it, and withdrew a pace in bewilderment, and some fear.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: He's been spoiled 'til salt won't save him. He's been spoiled 'til salt won't save him.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Them as is not wanted scarce ever thrives. Them as is not wanted scarce ever thrives.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: She looked into the staring glass eyes and complacent face, and suddenly a sort of She looked into the staring glass eyes and complacent face, and suddenly a sort of heartbroken rage seized her. She lifted her little savage hand and knocked Emily off the chair, bursting into a passion of sobbing- Sara who never cried.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of climbing roses which were so thick that they were matted together.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: I am growing quite fond of him," she said to Ermengarde; "I should not like 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.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Magic is in her just as it is in Dickon," said Colin. "It makes her Magic is in her just as it is in Dickon," said Colin. "It makes her think of ways to do things - nice things.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: She had a little thin face and a little thin body, thin light hair and She had a little thin face and a little thin body, thin light hair and a sour expression. Her hair was yellow, and her face was yellow because she had been born in India and had always been ill in one way or another.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: The afternoon was dragging towards its mellow hour. The sun was deepening the gold of The afternoon was dragging towards its mellow hour. The sun was deepening the gold of its lances, the bees were going home and the birds were flying past less often.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: When the day comes that I kneel by your bedside and see your eyes close, When the day comes that I kneel by your bedside and see your eyes close, or you kneel by mine, it must be that the one who waits behind shall know the parting is not all.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: The mere fact of her sufferings and adventures made her a priceless possession. The mere fact of her sufferings and adventures made her a priceless possession.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: If I was a princess-a real princess," she murmured, "I could scatter largess to the If I was a princess-a real princess," she murmured, "I could scatter largess to the populace. But even if i am only a pretend princess, I can invent little things to do for the people. Things like this. She was just as happy as if it was largess. I'll pretend that doing things that people like is scattering largess. I've scattered largess.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: She had begun to wonder why she had never seemed to belong to anyone She had begun to wonder why she had never seemed to belong to anyone
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: Fair fresh leaves, and buds - and buds - tiny at first but swelling and Fair fresh leaves, and buds - and buds - tiny at first but swelling and working Magic until they burst and uncurled into cups of scent delicately spilling themselves over their brims and filling the garden air.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: I'm growing fatter," said Mary, I'm growing fatter," said Mary,
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: The truth is that when one is still a child-or even if one is grown The truth is that when one is still a child-or even if one is grown up- and has been well fed, and has slept long and softly and warm; when one has gone to sleep in the midst of a fairy story, and has wakened to find it real, one cannot be unhappy or even look as if one were; and one could not, if one tried, keep a glow of joy out of one's eyes.
Frances Hodgson Burnett Sayings: It was a mere matter of seeing common things together and exchanging common speech concerning It was a mere matter of seeing common things together and exchanging common speech concerning them, but each was so strongly conscious of the other that no sentence could seem wholly impersonal. There are times when the whole world is personal to a mood whose intensity seems a reason for all things. Words are of small moment when the mere sound of a voice makes an unreasonable joy.