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

What do you know? Well, that is hard to tell, replied Jack. For although I feel that I know a tremendous lot, I am not yet aware how much there is in the world to find out about. It will take me a little time to discover whether I am very wise or very foolish.

Why, I'm not afraid to go anywhere, if the Cowardly Lion is with me, she said. I know him pretty well, and so I can trust him. He's always afraid, when we get into trouble, and that's why he's cowardly; but he's a terrible fighter, and that's why he isn't a coward. He doesn't like to fight, you know, but when he HAS to, there isn't any beast living that can conquer him.

Your mathematics seem to me very like a bottle of mixed pickles the more you fish for what you want the less chance you have of getting it.

It is classical music, and is considered the best and most puzzling ever manufactured. You're supposed to like it, whether you do or not, and if you don't, the proper thing is to look as if you did. Understand?

It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as gray as her other surroundings. Toto was not gray; he was a little black dog, with long silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose.

My name is Dorothy... and I am going to the Emerald City, to ask the great Oz to send me back to Kansas.

Not willingly, admitted the tiger. But here is the alternative; either you transform yourself into an eye for our child, or I and my dear wife will tear you into shreds.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!

Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't you think?

The generals commanded the colonels and the colonels commanded the majors and the majors commanded the captains and the captains commanded the private, who marched with an air of proud importance because it required so many officers to give him his orders.

The Scarecrow watched the Woodman while he worked and said to him "I cannot think why this wall is here nor what it is made of." "Rest you brains and do not worry about the wall," replied the Woodman, "when we have climbed over it we shall know what is on the other side.

There's lots o' things folks don't 'preciate, replied the sailor-man. If somethin' would 'most stop your breath, you'd think breathin' easy was the finest thing in life.

Toto did not really care whether he was in Kansas or the Land of Oz so long as Dorothy was with him; but he knew the little girl was unhappy, and that made him unhappy too.

What do you want? the ape asked at last.

Why, when it comes to Law, I have nothing to say answered that personage. for laws were never meant to be understood, and it is foolish to make the attempt.

You're more than that, said the Scarecrow, in a grieved tone; you're a humbug. Exactly so! declared the little man, rubbing his hands together as if it pleased him. I am a humbug.

I'm glad I don't know everything, Dorothy, and that there still are things in both nature and in wit for me to marvel at.

It is folly for us to try to appear otherwise than as nature has made us.

It's a bird of some sort. It's like a duck, only I never saw a duck have so many colors. The bird swam swiftly and gracefully toward the Magic Isle, and as it drew nearer its gorgeously colored plumage astonished them. The feathers were of many hues of glistening greens and blues and purples, and it had a yellow head with a red plume, and pink, white and violet in its tail.

My people have been wearing green glasses on their eyes for so long that most of them think this really is an Emerald City.

Nothing can resist your kind heart and your sharp axe.

People often do a good deed without hope of reward, but for an evil deed they always demand payment.

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

The Glass Cat is one of the most curious creatures in all Oz. It was made by a famous magician named Dr. Pipt before Ozma had forbidden her subjects to work magic. Dr. Pipt had made the Glass Cat to catch mice, but the Cat refused to catch mice and was considered more curious than useful. This astonishing cat was made all of glass and was so clear and transparent that you could see through it as easily as through a window. In the top of its head, however, was a mass of delicate pink balls which looked like jewels but were intended for brains. It had a heart made of a blood-red ruby. The eyes were two large emeralds. But, aside from these colors, all the rest of the animal was of clear glass, and it had a spun-glass tail that was really beautiful.

The sun had baked the plowed land into a gray mass, with little cracks running through it. Even the grass was not green, for the sun had burned the tops of the long blades until they were the same gray color to be seen everywhere.

Author Picture
First Name
L. Frank
Last Name
Baum, fully Lyman Frank Baum
Birth Date
18546
Death Date
1919
Bio

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