quote by Norton Juster

So many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible.

— Norton Juster

Delightful Phantom Tollbooth quotations

You must never feel badly about making mistakes.

The only thing you can do easily is be wrong, and that's hardly worth the effort.

I loved fantasy, but I particularly loved the stories in which somebody got out of where they were and into somewhere better - as in the Chronicles Of Narnia, The Wizard Of Oz, The Phantom Tollbooth, the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon.

Have you ever heard a blindfolded octopus unwrap a cellophane-covered bathtub?


Since you got here by not thinking, it seems reasonable to expect that, in order to get out, you must start thinking.

What you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do.

Why not? That's a good reason for almost anything - a bit used perhaps, but still quite serviceable.

And it's much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer.

What you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.


Things which are equally bad are also equally good.

Try to look at the bright side of things. - Humbug

That's the way most everyone gets here.

It's really quite simple: every time you decide something without having a good reason, you jump to Conclusions whether you like it or not. It's such an easy trip to make that I've been here hundreds of times.

There is much worth noticing that often escapes the eye.

The way you see things depends a great deal on where you look at them from.

Many of the things which can never be, often are.


Infinity is a dreadfully poor place. They can never manage to make ends meet.

But just because you can never reach it, doesn’t mean that it’s not worth looking for.

Expectations is the place you must always go to before you get to where you're going.

...it's very much like your trying to reach infinity. You know that it's there, you just don't know where-but just because you can never reach it doesn't mean that it's not worth looking for.

Whether or not you find your own way, you're bound to find some way.

If you happen to find my way, please return it, as it was lost years ago. I imagine by now it's quite rusty.


You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and not get wet.

You may not see it now," said the Princess of Pure Reason, looking knowingly at Milo's puzzled face, "but whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way.

I received a grant from The Ford Foundation to write a book for kids about urban perception, or how people experience cities, but I kept putting off writing it. Instead I started to write what became The Phantom Tollbooth

It has been a long trip," said Milo, climbing onto the couch where the princesses sat; "but we would have been here much sooner if I hadn't made so many mistakes. I'm afraid it's all my fault.

When he was in school he longed to be out, and when he was out he longed to be in. On the way he thought about coming home, and coming home he thought about going. Wherever he was he wished he were somewhere else, and when he got there he wondered why he'd even bothered.


If you want sense, you'll have to make it yourself.

if something is there, you can only see it with your eyes open, but if it isn't there, you can see it just as well with your eyes closed. That's why imaginary things are often easier to see than real ones.

You can't improve sound by having only silence. The problem is to use each at the proper time.

I don't know of any wrong road to Dictionopolis, so if this road goes to Dictionopolis at all it must be the right road, and if it doesn't it must be the right road to somewhere else, because there are no wrong roads to anywhere. Do you think it will rain?

Let me try once more," Milo said in an effort to explain.

"In other words--" "You mean you have other words?" cried the bird happily. "Well, by all means, use them. You're certainly not doing very well with the ones you have now.


It's bad enough wasting time without killing it.

...I'll continue to see things as a child. It's not so far to fall.

I always hated those fantasy books where, at the end, all the kids had to go home. At the end of a Narnia book, you always got shown the door. Same with The Wizard Of Oz and The Phantom Tollbooth. You get kicked out of your magic land. It's like, "By the way, here's your next surprise: You get to go home!" And the kids are all like, "Yay, we get to go home!" I never bought that. Did anybody buy that?

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