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

Stunt dwarf or destroy the imagination of a child and you have taken away its chances of success in life. Imagination transforms the commonplace into the great and creates the new out of the old.

The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, therefore to foster civilization. A prominent educator tells me that fairy tales are of untold value in developing imagination in the young. I believe it.

The Tin Woodman was about to reply when he heard a low growl, and turning.

They who have heart, can always be guided by him, and never do harm to others. But I have no heart, and so I have to be very careful.

True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.

When Dorothy

Yet Burzee has its inhabitants?for all this. Nature peopled it in the beginning with Fairies, Knooks, Ryls and Nymphs. As long as the Forest stands it will be a home, a refuge and a playground to these sweet immortals, who revel undisturbed in its depths.

I'm with the heart - said the Tin Man - because the brain does not make anyone happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.

It is such an uncomfortable feeling to know one is a fool.

It's foolish to borrow trouble.

Never give up. No one knows what's going to happen next.

Now we can cross the Shifting Sands.

Perhaps it is better to be a machine that does its duty than a flesh-and-blood person who will not, for a dead truth is better than a live falsehood.

Suppose we try kindness, suggested the Tin Woodman. I've heard that anyone can be conquered with kindness, no matter how ugly they may be.

The more one knows, the luckier he is, for knowledge is the greatest gift in life.

The True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid,

This Guph was really a clever rascal, and it seems a pity he was so bad, for in a good cause he might have accomplished much.

Twilight fell, bye and bye, and then the dark shadows of night.

When Dorothy stood in the doorway and looked around, she could see nothing but the great gray prairie on every side. Not a tree nor a house broke the broad sweep of flat country that reached to the edge of the sky in all directions. 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. Once the house had been painted, but the sun blistered the paint and the rains washed it away, and now the house was as dull and gray as everything else.

You are both rich, my friends, said Ozma, gently; and your riches are the only riches worth having?the riches of content!

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.

It is the Law that while Evil, unopposed, may accomplish terrible deeds, the power of Good can never be overthrown when opposed to Evil. . .

It's so kind of you to want to visit me in my loneliness. - The Wicked Witch of the West. Now I know I have a heart, because it's breaking. - The Tin Woodsman Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.

Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is filled with wonders.

Now, that is very interesting history, said Jack, well pleased; and I understand it perfectly all but the explanation.

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