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Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • ... a person who was clever ought to be clever enough not to be unjust or deliberately unkind to anyone.

  • There is naught a man or woman can not learn who hath the wit.

  • ... we do not believe until we want a thing and feel that we shall die if 'tis not granted to us, and then we kneel and kneel and believe, because we must have someone to ask help from.

  • ... 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.

  • The strength of each was so the being of the other that no thought could take form in the brain of one without the other's stirring with it.

  • ... justice is mercy's highest self.

  • There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in — that's stronger. It's a good thing not to answer your enemies.

  • Dolls ... can do things they will not let us know about. ... If you stay in the room, Emily will just sit there and stare; but if you go out she will begin to read, perhaps, or go and look out the window. Then, if she heard either of us coming, she would just run back and jump into her chair and pretend she had been there all the time.

  • 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 up 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.

  • He was really very fond of his temper, and rather enjoyed referring to it with tolerant regret as being a bad one and beyond his control — with a manner which suggested that the attribute was the inevitable result of strength of character and masculine spirit.

  • Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow.

  • At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it 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.

  • 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 ...

  • One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever.

  • Children's as good as 'rithmetic to set you findin' out things.

  • 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.

  • ... death is always sudden however long one waits.

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  • It is astonishing how short a time it takes for something wonderful to happen.

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Frances Hodgson Burnett, English-born U.S. writer

(1849 - 1924)