If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.— Frances Hodgson Burnett
The most interesting Frances Hodgson Burnett quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that--warm things, kind things, sweet things--help and comfort and laughter--and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all.
I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.
How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.
At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done--then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.
Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen.
Two things cannot be in one place. Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.
As long as you have a garden you have a future and as long as you have a future you are alive.
Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way - or always to have it.
Everything is made out of Magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden-in all the places.
Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage.
And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.
Only in dreams of spring Shall I ever see again The flowering of my cherry trees.
Nothing in the world is so strong as a kind heart.
She says it has nothing to do with what you look like, or what you have.
It has only to do with what you think of and what you do.
Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing.
If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.
Perhaps I have not really a good temper at all, but if you have everything you want and everyone is kind to you, how can you help but be good-tempered? Perhaps I'm a HIDEOUS child, and no one will ever know, just because I never have any trials.
All women are princesses , it is our right.
I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden.
As she came closer to him she noticed that there was a clean fresh scent of heather and grass and leaves about him, almost as if he were made of them. She liked it very much and when she looked into his funny face with the red cheeks and round blue eyes she forgot that she had felt shy.
Somehow, something always happens just before things get to the very worst.
It is as if Magic did it. If I could only just remember that always. The worse thing never quite comes.
Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"... "It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine.
I am sure there is Magic in everything, only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us
To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in, you may never get over it as long as you live.
When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in--that's stronger. It's a good thing not to answer your enemies.
One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever.
Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world," he said wisely one day, "but people don't know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment.
Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book.
Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off and they are nearly always doing it.
Perhaps you can feel if you can’t hear,” was her fancy.
“Perhaps kind thoughts reach people somehow, even through windows and doors and walls. Perhaps you feel a little warm and comforted, and don’t know why, when I am standing here in the cold and hoping you will get well and happy again.
However many years she lived, Mary always felt that 'she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow'.
The air was full of spices... A Little Princess
The mug from the washstand was used as Becky's tea cup, and the tea was so delicious that it was not necessary to pretend that it was anything but tea.
When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was true too . . . she was as tyrannical and selfish a little pig as ever lived.
I pretend I am a princess,so that I can try and behave like one.
My mother always says people should be able to take care of themselves, even if they're rich and important.
The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off - and they are nearly always doing it.
She wished she could talk as he did. His speech was so quick and easy. It sounded as if he liked her and was not the least afraid she would not like him, though he was only a common moor boy, in patched clothes and with a funny face and a rough, rusty-red head.
She liked books more than anything else, and was, in fact, always inventing stories of beautiful things and telling them to herself.
a person who was clever ought to be clever enough not to be unjust or deliberately unkind to anyone.
If you fill your mind with a beautiful thought, there will be no room in it for an ugly one. - King Amor
The truth is that when one is still a child-or even if one is grown up- and has been well fed, and has slept long and softly and warm; when one has gone to sleep in the midst of a fairy story, and has wakened to find it real, one cannot be unhappy or even look as if one were; and one could not, if one tried, keep a glow of joy out of one's eyes.
Imagine, if you can, what the rest of the evening was like.
How they crouched by the fire which blazed and leaped and made much of itself in the little grate. How they removed the covers of the dishes, and found rich, hot savory soup, which was a meal in itself, and sandwiches and toast and muffins enough for both of them.
She did not know that this was the best thing she could have done, and she did not know that, when she began to walk quickly or even run along the paths and down the avenue, she was stirring her slow blood and making herself stronger by fighting with the wind which swept down from the moor.
Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world, but people don't know what it is like or how to make it.
If Sara had been a boy and lived a few centuries ago, her father used to say, 'she would have gone about the country with her sword drawn, rescuing and defending everyone in distress. She always wants to fight when she sees people in trouble.
One marvel of a day he had walked so far that when he returned the moon was high and full and all the world was purple shadow and silver.
... justice is mercy's highest self.
It's so different to be a sparrow. But nobody asked this rat if he wanted to be a rat when he was made. Nobody said, 'Wouldn't you rather be a sparrow?
Magic is in her just as it is in Dickon," said Colin.
"It makes her think of ways to do things - nice things.