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

The North Country is purple, and it's the Country of the Gillikins. The East Country is blue, and that's the Country of the Munchkins. Down at the South is the red Country of the Quadlings, and here, in the West, the yellow Country of the Winkies.

Then that accounts for it. 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.

Thoughtless people are not unusual, observed the Scarecrow, but I consider them more fortunate than those who have useless or wicked thoughts and do not try to curb them. Your oil can, friend Woodman, is filled with oil, but you only apply the oil to your joints, drop by drop, as you need it, and do not keep spilling it where it will do no good. Thoughts should be restrained in the same way as your oil, and only applied when necessary, and for a good purpose. If used carefully, thoughts are good things to have.

We are all vegetable, in this country. Are you not vegetable, also? No, answered the Wizard. People on top of the earth are all meat. Will

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

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 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 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 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!

Author Picture
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