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

Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that day dreams with your eyes wide open are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and 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.

It is useless to fight people with shooting heads; no one can withstand them.

It's the finest country in all the world, even if it is a fairyland, and I'm happy every minute I live in it, said the Shaggy Man.

No matter how dreary and gray are our homes; we people of flesh and blood we prefer to live there than in any other country, however beautiful it may be. There is nothing better than your own home.

Oh - You're a very bad man! Oh, no my dear. I'm a very good man. I'm just a very bad Wizard.

Reera did not keep them in misery more than a few seconds, for she touched each one with her right hand and instantly the fishes were transformed into three tall and slender young women, with fine, intelligent faces and clothed in handsome, clinging gowns. The one who had been a goldfish had beautiful golden hair and blue eyes and was exceedingly fair of skin; the one who had been a bronze fish had dark brown hair and clear gray eyes and her complexion matched these lovely features. The one who had been a silverfish had snow-white hair of the finest texture and deep brown eyes. The hair contrasted exquisitely with her pink cheeks and ruby-red lips, nor did it make her look a day older than her two companions.

Thanks for good deeds do not amount to much except to prove one's politeness.

The new farmhouse Uncle Henry built after the cyclone had carried away the old one.

Then he was wrong to have been born at all. Cheek- eek-eek-eek, oo, hoo! chuckled Rinkitink, his fat body shaking with merriment. But it's hard to prevent oneself from being born; there's no chance for protest, eh, Bilbil?

Those who remember are usually the unhappy ones. Only those who are able to forget, find the most joy in life.

We all have our weaknesses, dear friends; so we must strive to be considerate of one another.

When I was young I longed to write a great novel that should win me fame. Now that I am getting old my first book is written to amuse children

You began it, declared Dorothy. Well, you ended it, so we won't argue the matter. May we come out again? Or are you still cruel and slappy?

In all this world there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child, says good old Santa Claus; and if he had his way the children would all be beautiful, for all would be happy.

It is worth a lot of bother to be able to think properly.

It's the latest popular song, declared the phonograph, speaking in a sulky tone of voice. A popular song? Yes. One that the feeble-minded can remember the words of and those ignorant of music can whistle or sing. That makes a popular song popular, and the time is coming when it will take the place of all other songs.

No one has the right to destroy any living creatures, however evil they may be, or to hurt them or make them unhappy. I will not fight, even to save my kingdom.

Oh indeed! exclaimed the King. Then he turned to his servants and said: 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.

Scarecrow: I haven't got a brain... only straw. Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain? Scarecrow: I don't know... But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking... don't they? Dorothy: Yes, I guess you're right.

That is all that makes life worth our while?to do good deeds and to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

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.

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