L. Frank Baum, fully Lyman Frank Baum

L. Frank
Baum, fully Lyman Frank Baum

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

Author Quotes

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.

To be angry once in a while is really good fun, because it makes others so miserable. But to be angry morning, noon and night, as I am, grows monotonous and prevents my gaining any other pleasure in life.

We live in an age of progress, announced Professor Wogglebug, pompously. It is easier to swallow knowledge than to acquire it laboriously from books. Is it not so, my friends? Some

While I was in love was the happiest man in the world.

You have plenty of courage, I am sure," answered Oz. "All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.

In this world in which we live simplicity and kindness are the only magic wands that work wonders

It seems strange, said he, as he watched the Tin Woodman work, that my left leg should be the most elegant and substantial part of me. 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 like a philosopher! cried the Woggle-Bug,

Lions and tigers, and bears, oh my!

No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.

Oh, I see; said the Tin Woodman. But, after all, brains are not the best things in the world. Have you any? enquired the Scarecrow. No, my head is quite empty, answered the Woodman; but once I had brains, and a heart also; so, having tried them both, I should much rather have a heart.

She said, You might become politicians. No! cried Beni, with sudden fierceness; we must not abandon our high calling. Bandits we have always been, and bandits we must remain!

The absurd and legendary devil is the enigma of the Church.

The queerest people she had ever seen.

There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.

To be individual, my friends, to be different from others, is the only way to become distinguished from the common herd. Let us be glad, therefore, that we differ from one another in form and in disposition. Variety is the spice of life, and we are various enough to enjoy one another's society; so let us be content.

We reached by a trap door in the middle of the floor, from which a ladder led down into the small, dark hole. When Dorothy stood in the doorway and looked around, she could see nothing but the great gray prairie on every side.

Why are you Ojo the Unlucky? asked the tin man. Because I was born on a Friday. Friday is not unlucky, declared the Emperor. It's just one of seven days. Do you suppose all the world becomes unlucky one-seventh of the time? It was the thirteenth day of the month, said Ojo. Thirteen! Ah, that is indeed a lucky number, replied the Tin Woodman. All my good luck seems to happen on the thirteenth. I suppose most people never notice the good luck that comes to them with the number 13, and yet if the least bit of bad luck falls on that day, they blame it to the number, and not to the proper cause.

You have some queer friends, Dorothy,' she said. The queerness doesn't matter, so long as they're friends,' was the answer

Is this a trial of thoughts, or of kittens?' demanded the Woggle-Bug. 'It's a trial of one kitten,' replied the Scarecrow; 'but your manner is a trial to us all.

It seems to me the Land of Oz is a little ahead of the United States in some of its laws. For here, if one can?t talk clearly and straight to the point, they send him to Rigmarole Town; while Uncle Sam lets him roam around wild and free, to torture innocent people.

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No, indeed. I don?t know anything. You see, I am stuffed, so I have no brains at all, he answered sadly.

Oh, if Shakespeare says it, that's all right.

She thought of a new way to kill my love for the beautiful Munchkin maiden, and made my axe slip again, so that it cut right through my body, splitting me into two halves.

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