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Eleanor H. Porter

  • 'Oh, I'm so glad,' exulted Pollyanna.

  • You lose such a lot of time just sleeping ... when you might just be living! ... It seems such a pity we can't live nights too.

  • Oh, of course I'd be breathing all the time I was doing those things, Aunt Polly, but I wouldn't be living. You breathe all the time you're asleep, but you aren't living. I mean living — doing the things you want to do ... Just breathing isn't living!

  • I'm sure you're much nicer than you look!

  • ... the game was to just find something about everything to be glad about — no matter what 'twas ... You see, when you're hunting for the glad things, you sort of forget the other kind ...

  • And most generally there is something about everything to be glad about, if you keep hunting long enough to find it.

  • People radiate what is in their minds and in their hearts.

  • I love different folks.

  • 'Pollyanna ... will you stop using that everlasting word "glad"! It's "glad" — "glad" — "glad" from morning till night until I think I shall grow wild!'

  • It's funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn't it?

  • The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town.

  • I should think you could be gladder on Monday mornin' than any other day in the week, because 'twould be a whole week before you'd have another one!

  • Of course things you don't know about are always nicer'n things you do, same as the pertater on 'tother side of the plate is always the biggest.

  • It isn't given to us to see ends. We can only attend to the beginnings and make them right.

Eleanor H. Porter, U.S.children's writer, novelist

(1868 - 1920)

Full name: Eleanor Hodgman Porter.