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Laura E. Richards

  • You couldn't find nobody deader, not if you'd sarched for a week. Why, door nails, and Julius Caesar, and things o' that description, would ha' been lively compared with your poor ma when I see her. Lively! that's what they'd ha' been.

  • And the storm went on. It roared, it bellowed, and it screeched: it thumped and it kerwhalloped. The great seas would come bunt agin the rocks, as if they were bound to go right though to Jersey City, which they used to say was the end of the world.

  • ... Calvin had got the habit of takin' care of somebody, and it growed on him like drink.

  • ... it's a great country. ... Me and my wife spent a month with friends in Tacoma just before we come away, and honest! we hardly had our knives out of our mouths all the time we were there. They couldn't hardly let you stop eatin' to get your sleep.

  • ... I eat till, honest, I felt every button on all my clo'es. The folks where we were stayin' were the old-fashioned hospitable kind; they didn't let you off till your jaws struck work and wouldn't wag no more.

  • The heart, sir, is always ready for spring.

  • I would rather read poetry than eat my dinner any day. It has been so all my life.

  • ... I do not believe in confining children to things they understand. They want, and they need, the thing they do not understand.

  • ... read the Bible to the children, until they are old enough to read for themselves ... The Bible, not nursery versions of it. There is a Bible in words of one syllable; I am happy to say I have never seen it. Such a monstrosity should be put alongside of the Rhyming Bible, of which, I believe, only one copy is in existence.

  • Give the child good books, then let it alone! Don't plough and harrow its brain, or stretch it on Procrustes-beds of standardization, simplification, and what not!

  • We know our neighbors — so far as we have the right to know them. We hear of their joys and their sorrows, and hasten to make them ours so far as we may. Life in a small town is like a layer cake. One gets the whole of it, frosted top, lemon filling and all.

  • Once there was an elephant, / Who tried to use the telephant — / No! no! I mean an elephone / Who tried to use the telephone ...

    • Laura E. Richards,
    • "Eletelephony" (1890), Tirra Lirra ()

Laura E. Richards, U.S. writer, poet

(1850 - 1943)

Full name: Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards. Her mother was Julia Ward Howe.