The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping-stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.— Enid Blyton
The most joyful Enid Blyton quotes that will transform you to a better person
The little island seemed to float on the dark lake-waters.
Trees grew on it, and a little hill rose in the middle of it. It was a mysterious island, lonely and beautiful. All the children stood and gazed at it, loving it and longing to go to it. It looked so secret - almost magic.
I do love the beginning of the summer hols,' said Julian.
They always seem to stretch out ahead for ages and ages.' 'They go so nice and slowly at first,' said Anne, his little sister. 'Then they start to gallop.
I don't believe in things like that - fairies or brownies or magic or anything.
It's old-fashioned.' 'Well, we must be jolly old-fashioned then,' said Bessie. 'Because we not only believe in the Faraway Tree and love our funny friends there, but we go to see them too - and we visit the lands at the top of the Tree as well!
It wasn't a bit of good fighting grown-ups. They could do exactly as they liked.
I'm good at exploring roofs. You never know when that kind of thing comes in useful.
We must have Christian ethics for our children, good and strong, but we must make them attractive, too, and it can be done.
I have written, probably, more books for children than any other writer, from story-books to plays, and can claim to know more about interesting children than most.
I get over a hundred letters a day from all over the world, from children and parents, and it's a wonder I ever have time to write books, let alone speak!
Remorse is a terrible thing to bear, Pam, one of the worst of all punishments in this life. To wish undone something you have done, to wish you could look back on kindness to someone you love, instead of on unkindness - that is a very terrible thing.
A clown needn't be the same out of the ring as he has to be when he's in it.
If you look at photographs of clowns when they're just being ordinary men, they've got quite sad faces.
The point is not that I don't recognise bad people when I see them — I grant you I may quite well be taken in by them — the point is that I know a good person when I see one.
Oh, I wish I lived in a caravan!’ said Jimmy longingly.
‘How lovely it must be to live in a house that has wheels and can go away down the lanes and through the towns, and stand still in fields at night!
Mothers were much too sharp. They were like dogs. Buster always sensed when anything was out of the ordinary, and so did mothers. Mothers and dogs both had a kind of second sight that made them see into people's minds and know when anything unusual was going on.
Leave something for someone but dont leave someone for something.
Hatred is so much easier to win than love - and so much harder to get rid of.
If you can't look after something in your care, you have no right to keep it.
You're trying to escape from your difficulties, and there never is any escape from difficulties, never. They have to be faced and fought.
When you're paid to do a job, it's better to give a few minutes more to it, than a few minutes less. That's one of the differences between doing a job honestly and doing it dishonestly! See?
I am not really much interested in talking to adults, although I suppose practically every mother in the kingdom knows my name and my books. It's their children I love.
I wonder where you got that idea from? I mean, the idea that it's feeble to change your mind once it's made up. That's a wrong idea, you know. Make up your mind about things, by all means - but if something happens to show that you are wrong, then it is feeble not to change your mind, Elizabeth. Only the strongest people have the pluck to change their minds, and say so, if they see they have been wrong in their ideas.
Well, you know what grown-ups are,' said Dinah.
'They don't think the same way as we do. I expect when we grow up, we shall think like them - but let's hope we remember what it was like to think in the way children do, and understand the boys and the girls that are growing up when we're men and women.
They lay on their heathery beds and listened to all the sounds of the night.
They heard the little grunt of a hedgehog going by. They saw the flicker of bats overhead. They smelt the drifting scent of honeysuckle, and the delicious smell of wild thyme crushed under their bodies. A reed-warbler sang a beautiful little song in the reeds below, and then another answered.
I think people make their own faces, as they grow.
Here Mr Potts come here you little idiot!
You are honest enough by nature to be able to see and judge your own self clearly - and that is a great thing. Never lose that honesty, Bobby - always be honest with yourself, know your own motives for what they are, good or bad, make your own decisions firmly and justly - and you will be a fine, strong character, of some real use in this muddled world of ours!
Writing for children is an art in itself, and a most interesting one.
My work in books, films and talks lies almost wholly with children, and I have very little time to give to grown-ups.