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Quotes of the day: L. Frank Baum

Published Sunday, May 15, 2016 @ 12:38 AM EDT
May 15 2016

Lyman Frank Baum (May 15, 1856 – May 6, 1919), better known by his pen name L. Frank Baum, was an American author chiefly known for his children's books, particularly The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen novel sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a host of other works (55 novels in total, plus four "lost works", 83 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen. His works anticipated such century-later commonplaces as television, augmented reality, laptop computers (The Master Key), wireless telephones (Tik-Tok of Oz), women in high risk, action-heavy occupations (Mary Louise in the Country), and the ubiquity of advertising on clothing (Aunt Jane's Nieces at Work). (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.

As a matter of fact, we are none of us above criticism; so let us bear with each other's faults.

Familiarity with any great thing removes our awe of it

I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folk are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.

I believe that dreams- day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing- are likely to lead to the betterment of the world.

I have learned to regard fame as a will-o-the-wisp which, when caught, is not worth the possession; but to please a child is a sweet and lovely thing that warms one's heart and brings its own reward.

I think the world is like a great mirror, and reflects our lives just as we ourselves look upon it.

I thought it would be a good idea to regulate things myself and run the world as it ought to be run; but I gave it up long ago.

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization.

It is a callous age; we have seen so many marvels that we are ashamed to marvel more; the seven wonders of the world have become seven thousand wonders.

It seems unfortunate that strong people are usually so disagreeable and overbearing that no one cares for them. In fact, to be different from your fellow creatures is always a misfortune.

Never give up. No one knows what's going to happen next.

Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is filled with wonders.

No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.

Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't you think?

There is no place like home.

To destroy an offender cannot benefit society so much as to redeem him.

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.


(May 15 is also the birthday of Clifton Fadiman and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.)

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