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Annie Fellows Johnston

  • The little dog-eared books in the meeting-house proved poor reading ... So many of them were about unnaturally good children who never did wrong, and unnaturally bad children who never did right. At the end there was always the word MORAL, in big capital letters, as if the readers were supposed to be too blind to find it for themselves, and it had to be put directly across the path for them to stumble over.

  • ... we are just as apt to meet the grandmothers as the wolves when we go traveling.

  • I have to be by myself when I write, and I never know how long it will take. It is like making butter. Sometimes it will come in a few minutes, and sometimes I have to churn away for hours.

  • Let him reform first. What he will not do for a sweetheart, he will never do for a wife.

  • To callow wings no flight is too high to attempt. At sixteen all things are possible.

  • ... I've come to believe that every one who reaches the best that life holds for him reaches it through some Desert of Waiting.

  • That's all that death is ... Just a going away into another country ... Only the separation is harder to bear because there can be no letters to bridge the silence.

  • Silence gives consent.

Annie Fellows Johnston, U.S. children's writer

(1863 - 1931)