What the Dormouse Said: Wit and Wisdom from Childrens’ Books, Part 3

Today we have another batch of quotes from What the Dormouse Said: Lessons for Grown-Ups from Children’s Books, which makes a great stocking stuffer for just about everyone on your list–the young, the young-at-heart, and especially the folks who might need a gentle reminder every now and then to embrace their inner child. What the Dormouse Said is divided into helpful sections like “Defiance” and “Love and Friendship” for orderly browsing, or for digging up just the right quote for every occasion. We’ve posted a handful of our favorite quotes over the past month–see Part 1 and Part 2.




“So many things are possible just as long as you don’t know they’re impossible.”

The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster, 1961







“And half the fun of nearly everything, you know, is thinking about it beforehand, or afterward.”

Uncle Wiggily’s Story Book, Howard R. Garis, 1921







“You can’t expect two stars to drop in the same field in one lifetime.”

Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, 1934







“Everybody walks in the street, more or less straight down the middle, and if a car comes while somebody’s having a good conversation or telling a good story, the car has to wait till the story finishes before people will move out of the way. Stories are important here, and cars aren’t.”

The Most Beautiful Place in the World, Ann Cameron, 1988






“You must not hop on Pop.”

Hop on Pop, Dr. Seuss, 1963








2 Comments On This Post:

December 22, 2011
10:08 am
Lynn says...

This is a great book. I have it and love it. I have also discovered some great new (to me) books. There are good quotes from some older books I had never heard of in there. It’s a great resource!

December 23, 2011
10:15 am
Glenell says...

Sounds like a great book to have around. Now you need to compile a book of useful quotes from movies! I’ll help you!

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