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Phyllis Naylor

  • It's all right to have secrets, ... as long as you don't have any secrets from yourself.

  • I also know that you can lie not only by what you say but what you don't say.

  • Up here in the hills you hardly ever get down to business right off. First you say your howdys and then you talk about anything else but what you come for, and finally, when the mosquitoes start to bite, you say what's on your mind. But you always edge into it, not to offend.

  • ... an idea in my head is like a rock in my shoe; I just can't wait to get it out.

  • In unison we rise and stand / And wish that we were sitting. / We listen to the music start, / And wish that it were quitting. / We pass our hymnal to a guest / or fake a smoker's cough; / We drop our pencils, lose our gloves, / Or take our glasses off. / We move our lips to keep in style, / Emitting awkward bleats, / And when the last 'Amen' is sung, / Sink gladly in our seats. / O Lord, who hearest every prayer / And saves us from our foes, / Deliver now Thy little flock / From hymns nobody knows.

Phyllis Naylor, U.S. children's writer

(1933)

Full name: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. She also wrote as P.R. Tedesco.