L. Frank Baum, fully Lyman Frank Baum

L. Frank
Baum, fully Lyman Frank Baum
18546
1919

American Children's Book Author, best known for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Author Quotes

You do not I will make an end of you, as I did of the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow. Dorothy followed her through many of the beautiful rooms in her castle.

In other words, the more stupid one is, the more he thinks he knows.

It isn't what we are, but what folks think we are, that counts in this world.

I've married a man who owns nine cows, said Jinjur to Ozma, and now I am happy and contented and willing to lead a quiet life and mind my own business. Where is your husband? asked Ozma. He is in the house, nursing a black eye, replied Jinjur, calmly. The foolish man would insist upon milking the red cow when I wanted him to milk the white one; but he will know better next time, I am sure.

No one knows that, except the person who's writing this story, said Shaggy. But we won't find anything?not even supper?unless we travel on. Here's a path. Let's take it and see where it leads to.

Oh, Auntie Em! I'm so happy to be back home.

Seems to me, said Cap'n Bill, as he sat beside Trot under the big acacia tree, looking out over the blue ocean, seems to me, Trot, as how the more we know, the more we find we don't know. I can't quite make that out, Cap'n Bill, answered the little girl in a serious voice, after a moment's thought, during which her eyes followed those of the old sailor-man across the glassy surface of the sea. Seems to me that all we learn is jus' so much gained. I know; it looks that way at first sight, said the sailor, nodding his head; but those as knows the least have a habit of thinkin' they know all there is to know, while them as knows the most admits what a turr'ble big world this is. It's the knowing ones that realize one lifetime ain't long enough to git more'n a few dips o' the oars of knowledge.

That proves you are unusual, returned the Scarecrow. and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed. Spoken

The only way to do a thing Is do it when you can, And do it cheerfully, and sing And work and think and plan. The only real unhappy one Is he who dares to shirk; The only really happy one Is he who cares to work.

Then why is the prison so fine, and why are you so kind to me? he earnestly asked. Tollydiggle seemed surprised by the question, but she presently answered: We consider a prisoner unfortunate. He is unfortunate in two ways?because he has done something wrong and because he is deprived of his liberty. Therefore we should treat him kindly, because of his misfortune, for otherwise he would become hard and bitter and would not be sorry he had done wrong. Ozma thinks that one who has committed a fault did so because he was not strong and brave; therefore she puts him in prison to make him strong and brave. When that is accomplished he is no longer a prisoner, but a good and loyal citizen and everyone is glad that he is now strong enough to resist doing wrong. You see, it is kindness that makes one strong and brave; and so we are kind to our prisoners.

Time is given us to be happy and for no other reason [...] When we waste time, we waste happiness.

We consider a prisoner unfortunate. He is unfortunate in two ways-because he has done something wrong and because he is deprived of his liberty. Therefore we should treat him kindly, because of his misfortune, for otherwise he would become hard and bitter and would not be sorry he had done wrong.

Where is the Emerald City? he inquired. And who is Oz? Why, don't you know? she returned, in surprise. No, indeed. I don't know anything. You see, I am stuffed, so I have no brains at all, he answered sadly.

You don't need them. You are learning something every day. A baby has brains, but it doesn't know much. Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.

In the civilized countries I believe there are no witches left, nor wizards, nor sorceresses, nor magicians. But, you see, the Land of Oz has never been civilized, for we are cut off from all the rest of the world. Therefore we still have witches and wizards amongst us.

It must be inconvenient to be made of flesh,' said the Scarecrow thoughtfully, 'for you must sleep, and eat, and drink. However, you have brains, and it is worth a lot of bother to be able to think properly.

Like all bullies and marauders, Gos was a coward at heart.

No Queen with a frozen heart is fit to rule any country.

Oh, dear! Oh, dear! cried Dorothy, clasping her hands together in dismay. The house must have fallen on her. Whatever shall we do?

She clapped the heels of her shoes together three times, saying: Take me home to Aunt Em!

'That's nice,' said the little girl; 'only I never wish to get up in the morning.

The proud spirit of the original owners of these vast prairies inherited through centuries of fierce and bloody wars for their possession, lingered last in the bosom of Sitting Bull. With his fall the nobility of the Redskin is extinguished, and what few are left are a pack of whining curs who lick the hand that smites them.

Then, to their surprise, they found before them a high wall which seemed to be made of white china. It was smooth, like the surface of a dish, and higher than their heads.

Tip thought this strange Army bore no weapons whatever; but in this he was wrong. For each girl had stuck through the knot of her back hair two long, glittering knitting-needles.

We dare not harm this little girl, he said to them, for she is protected by the Power of Good, and that is greater than the Power of Evil. All we can do is carry her to the castle of the Wicked Witch and leave her there.

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First Name
L. Frank
Last Name
Baum, fully Lyman Frank Baum
Birth Date
18546
Death Date
1919
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American Children's Book Author, best known for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz