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

Thereafter he walked very carefully, with his eyes on the road, and when he saw a tiny ant toiling by he would step over it, so as not to harm it. The Tin Woodman knew very well he had no heart, and therefore he took great care never to be cruel or unkind to anything. You people with hearts, he said, have something to guide you, and need never do wrong; but I have no heart, and so I must be very careful. When Oz gives me a heart of course I needn't mind so much.

To please a child is a sweet and lovely thing that warms one's heart and brings its own reward.

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.

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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