Blown Away By The Secret Garden And Alice In Wonderland

That's it - just was blown away at the brilliance of the writing and how modern and fresh the ideas are!

Quotes from Alice in Wonderland:

I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, Sir, because I'm not myself you see.

The Duchess
If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.

The Duchess
Tut, tut, child! Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.

The Duchess
Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.

The Mock Turtle
We called him Tortoise because he taught us.

The Mock Turtle
Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with, and then the different branches of arithmetic -- Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.

The Mock Turtle
Well, I never heard it before, but it sounds uncommon nonsense.

The King
Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

The Queen
Sentence first -- verdict afterwards.

It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.

Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.

Mad Hatter
No wonder you're late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.

Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is -- oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate!

It was much pleasanter at home, when one wasn't always growing larger and smaller, and being ordered about by mice and rabbits.

Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin; but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever say in my life!

Quotes from The Secret Garden:
Ben Weatherstaff: [pointing to a robin] Look at him. Cheeky little blighter. I can't think why, but he's decided to make friends with you. 
Mary: With me? I never had any friends before. 
Ben Weatherstaff: That I believe. 


Colin: See, that's a picture of my mother. 
Mary: Why do you keep it covered up? 
Colin: My father doesn't like to see it. I don't look like her at all. But you, you look like her. She smiles too much. 
Mary: Smiles too much? How can a person smile too much? 
Colin: Sometimes I hate her. She died when I was born. 
Mary: But I thought she died falling off the swing in her garden. 
Colin: Her garden? What garden? 
Mary: Oh, just a garden. 


Colin: Hair is dead. 
Mary: If it's dead, why does it keep growing all the time, even after you're dead? Well, maybe not your hair. You'll probably be bald. 
Colin: Don't be daft. I'll die before I'm ever old enough to go bald. 
Mary: I hate the way you talk about dying. 
Colin: Everyone thinks I'm going to die. 
Mary: If everyone thought that about me, I still wouldn't do it. 

Mary: What do you know about dying? 
Colin: My mother died! 
Mary: Both my parents died! 

Colin: Are you making this magic? 
Mary: No, you are. 
Colin: Just like in the story. 
[indicates his chest
Colin: It's like the whole universe is in here. 
Mary: I'm certain it is. 
Colin: That means I could marry you. 
Mary: What? But we're cousins! 
Colin: I don't care. I want us always to be together. 
Mary: We are together. 

Mary: I hate the way you talk about dying. 
Colin: Everyone thinks I'll die. 
Mary: If everyone thought that about me, I wouldn't do it. 

Mary: Can I have a bit of earth? 
Lord Craven: A bit of earth? 
Mary: To plant seeds in. To make things grow. 

Mary: It's a secret garden. 
Dickon: Secrets are safe with me. 

[last lines
Mary: The spell was broken. My uncle learned to laugh, and I learned to cry. The secret garden is always open now. Open, and awake, and alive. If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. 

Colin: I'm going to die. 
Mary: From what? 
Colin: [shrugs] Everything. 

koyptakh koyptakh
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2 Responses Sep 8, 2010

Hi cheelybelly<br />
me too. I just re read them. Thank you!<br />

Hi Artysdesigns<br />
I think they are actually not Children's Stories but simply Literature so clever any aged person loves it!<br />