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

Please take General Crinkle to the torture chamber. There you will kindly slice him into thin slices. Afterward you may feed him to the seven-headed dogs.

Tarts and tadpoles!...The boy is still alive!

The more stupid one is the more he thinks he knows.

Then close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, there's no place like home.

This is the way to get ideas: never to let adverse circumstances discourage you, but to believe there is a way out of every difficulty, which may be found by earnest thought.

Unless one can think wisely it is better to remain a dummy.

When I return I shall be as other men are. I have always liked you as you were, said Dorothy simply.

You are welcome, most noble Sorceress, to the land of the Munchkins. We are so grateful to you for having killed the Wicked Witch of the East, and for setting our people free from bondage.

All the same,' said the Scarecrow, 'I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.' I shall take the heart,' returned the Tin Woodman, 'for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.

As the years pass, and we look back on something which, at the time, seemed unbelievably discouraging and unfair, we come to realize that, after all, God was at all times on our side. The eventual outcome was, we discover, by far the best solution for us, and what we thought should have been to our best advantage, would in reality have been quite detrimental.

But one egg isn't good for anything at all.

Don't tell anyone I'm a poet; they might want me to write a book. Don't tell 'em I can sing, or they'd want me to make records for that awful phonograph. Haven't time to be a public benefactor, so I'll just sing you this little song for your own amusement.

Experience does not always mean wisdom.

Handsome is as handsome does.

How can I help being a humbug? when all these people make me do things that everybody knows can't be done?

I have heard, my dear friend, that a person can become over-educated; and although I have a high respect for brains, no matter how they may be arranged or classified, I begin to suspect that yours are slightly tangled. In any event, I must beg you to restrain your superior education while in our society.

I wouldn't be surprised if Ruggedo melted Tik-Tok in one of his furnaces and made copper pennies of him. In that case, I would still keep going, remarked Tik-Tok, calmly. Pennies do, said Betsy regretfully.

All you have to do is to knock the heels together three times and command the shoes to carry you wherever you wish to go.

As they passed the rows of houses they saw through the open doors that men were sweeping and dusting and washing dishes, while the women sat around in groups, gossiping and laughing. What has happened?' the Scarecrow asked a sad-looking man with a bushy beard, who wore an apron and was wheeling a baby carriage along the sidewalk. Why, we've had a revolution, your Majesty -- as you ought to know very well,' replied the man; 'and since you went away the women have been running things to suit themselves. I'm glad you have decided to come back and restore order, for doing housework and minding the children is wearing out the strength of every man in the Emerald City.' Hm!' said the Scarecrow, thoughtfully. 'If it is such hard work as you say, how did the women manage it so easily?' I really do not know,' replied the man, with a deep sigh. 'Perhaps the women are made of cast-iron.

But that isn't right. The King of Beasts shouldn't be a coward,' said the Scarecrow. 'I know it,' returned the Lion, wiping a tear from his eye with the tip of his tail. 'It is my great sorrow, and makes my life very unhappy. But whenever there is danger, my heart begins to beat fast.' 'Perhaps you have heart disease,' said the Tin Woodman. 'It may be,' said the Lion.

Dorothy did not feel nearly so bad as you might think a little girl who had been so suddenly whisked away from her own country and set down in the middle of a strange land.

Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.

Having this thought in mind, the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernized fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.

How can you talk if you haven't got a brain? I don't know, but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking.

I have learned to regard fame as a will-o-the-wisp which, when caught, is not worth the possession; but to please a child is a sweet and lovely thing that warms one's heart and brings its own reward.

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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