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Some Wiseness

There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story, you never quite know where they'll take you.

Beatrix Potter

Unless you remember what is it like to be a child you have no business writing for children.

J.K. Rowling

I don't draw from life at all, but I do look out of my window a lot.

Quentin Blake

The moment you doubt wether you can fly, you cease forever to be able to do it.

J.M. Barrie

I don't write for children. I write and then somebody says: That's for children.

Maurice Sendak

Quietness is an essential part of all awareness.

Margaret Wise Brown

Writing for children is about reaching into yourself and finding the common ground between you and the child that might become your reader.

Leonard Marcus

When you are old and experienced enough to become an accomplished writer, you become pompous and adult, and grown up, by then you've lost all your jokiness. Unless you are a kind of undeveloped adult and you still have an enormous amount of childish in you, and still giggle at funny stories and jokes, I don't think you can do it.

Roald Dahl

Anyone who was once a child should have at least one children's book in them.

Michael Rosen

Only in adulthood can any intelligent understanding of the meaning of one's existence in this world be gained from one's experiences in it.

Bruno Bettelheim

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso

The friend of wisdom is also a friend of myth.

Aristotle

The creation of a single world comes from a huge number of fragments and chaos.

Hayao Miyazaki

You have brain in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

Dr. Seuss

But now I'm six, I am as clever as clever. So I think I'll be six for ever and ever.

A.A. Milne

Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.

E.B. White

Fairy Tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.

Neil Gaiman

The wise speak only of what they know.

J.R.R. Tolkien

That's what storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instil hope again and again.

P.L. Travers

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein

All grown ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest.

Charles Dickens

A child's unrealistic fears often require unrealistic hopes.

Bruno Bettelheim

Kids respond for all kinds of reasons to everything in life. You really have to assume that in some level they know what they are doing.

Leonard Marcus

Wherever I go I'm watching.

Richard Scary

Everyone who likes my books is like me in some way. If you like my books and you never met me there's something about you that is just like me.

Ed Emberley

The voice of the intellect is the soft one, but it does not rest until it has gained hearing.

Sigmund Freud

Oh, Life, I am yours. Whatever it is you want of me I am ready to give.

William Steig

If we hope to live not just from moment to moment, but in true consciousness of our existence, then our greatest need and most difficult achievement is to find meaning in our lives.

Bruno Bettelheim

I believe in communication; books communicate ideas and make bridges between people.

Jeanette Winterson

Children are scared and ready to face it. Books can be one of the things that help them do that.

Maurice Sendak

There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction. The moment you are old enough to take the wheal, responsibility lies with you.

J. K. Rowling

Adults forget that children are their own best censors.

Tim Burton

You don't have to travel to encounter weirdness. You wake up to it.

Shaun Tan

You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

How often when we are comfortable we begin to long for something new.

Jacob Grimm

I opened a book and in I strode. nobody can find me now.

Julia Donaldson

Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story in everything you touch.

Hans Christian Andersen

I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it all started with a mouse.

W. Disney

Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case you fail by default.

J. K. Rowling

The hardest part is developing the idea. That can take years.

Eric Carle

If I try to speak to everybody, I speak to nobody. I can only speak to the Ed Emberleys out there. My duty is to present me out to the other "mes" in the world.

Ed Emberley

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Don't tell them where to go, just let them go. Just give them something wonderful to travel in.

Ron Brooks

Books are a uniquely portable magic.

Stephen King

I'll still create a book where our children can live in.

Monteiro Lobato


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