No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.
You have plenty of courage, I am sure,” answered Oz. “All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.
Never give up. No one knows what’s going to happen next.
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.
A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.
Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don’t you think?
In all this world there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child.
Never question the truth of what you fail to understand, for the world is filled with wonders.
I think the world is like a great mirror, and reflects our lives just as we ourselves look upon it. Those who turn sad faces toward the world find only sadness reflected. But a smile is reflected in the same way, and cheers and brightens our hearts. You think there is no pleasure to be had in life. That is because you are heartsick and-and tired, as you say. With one sad story ended you are afraid to begin another-a sequel-feeling it would be equally sad. But why should it be? Isn’t the joy or sorrow equally divided in life?
That proves you are unusual,’ returned the Scarecrow; ‘and I am convinced that the only people worthy of consideration in this world are the unusual ones. For the common folks are like the leaves of a tree, and live and die unnoticed.
Time is given us to be happy and for no other reason […] When we waste time, we waste happiness.
The more one knows, the luckier he is, for knowledge is the greatest gift in life.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!
True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
In other words, the more stupid one is, the more he thinks he knows.
Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So 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. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization. A prominent educator tells me that fairy tales are of untold value in developing imagination in the young. I believe it.
As a matter of fact, we are none of us above criticism; so let us bear with each other’s faults.
To be individual, my friends, to be different from others, is the only way to become distinguished from the common herd. Let us be glad, therefore, that we differ from one another in form and in disposition. Variety is the spice of life, and we are various enough to enjoy one another’s society; so let us be content.
I think the world is like a great mirror, and reflects our lives just as we ourselves look upon it.
Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.
Familiarity with any great thing removes our awe of it. The great general is only terrible to the enemy; the great poet is frequently scolded by his wife; the children of the great statesman clamber about his knees with perfect trust and impunity; the great actor who is called before the curtain by admiring audiences is often waylaid at the stage door by his creditors.
As the years pass, and we look back on something which, at the time, seemed unbelievably discouraging and unfair, we come to realize that, after all, God was at all times on our side. The eventual outcome was, we discover, by far the best solution for us, and what we thought should have been to our best advantage, would in reality have been quite detrimental.
If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with!
The road to the City of Emeralds is paved with yellow brick.