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We didn't have television in those days,
by Beverly Cleary

We didn't have television in those days,
and many people didn't even have radios.
My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening.
- Beverly Cleary

I don't think children's inner feelings have changed.
They still want a mother and father in the very same house;
they want places to play.
- Beverly Cleary

I enjoy writing for third and fourth graders most of all.
- Beverly Cleary

People are inclined to say that I am Ramona.
I'm not sure that's true, but I did share some experiences with her.
- Beverly Cleary

 

Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there.
- Beverly Cleary

I was an only child; I didn't have a sister,
or sisters.
- Beverly Cleary

I wanted to be a ballerina.
I changed my mind.
- Beverly Cleary

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Otis was inspired by a boy who sat across the aisle from me in sixth grade.
He was a lively person.
My best friend appears in assorted books in various disguises.
- Beverly Cleary

I was a very observant child.
The boys in my books are based on boys in my neighborhood growing up.
- Beverly Cleary

I had a very wise mother.
She always kept books that were my grade level in our house.
- Beverly Cleary

Children should learn that reading is pleasure,
not just something that teachers make you do in school.
- Beverly Cleary

Children want to do what grownups do.
- Beverly Cleary

I was a librarian.
- Beverly Cleary

I read my books aloud before they were published.
- Beverly Cleary

My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening.
She read mainly travel books.
- Beverly Cleary

Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books
take place? and the only answer I can give is,
In childhood.
- Beverly Cleary

What interests me is what children go through while growing up.
- Beverly Cleary

I was a great reader of fairy tales.
I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library.
- Beverly Cleary

People are usually surprised to hear this,
but I don't really read children's books.
- Beverly Cleary

I don't necessarily start with the beginning of the book.
I just start with the part of the story that's most
vivid in my imagination and work forward and backward from there.
- Beverly Cleary

With twins, reading aloud to them was the only chance I could get to sit down.
I read them picture books until they were reading on their own.
- Beverly Cleary

I feel sometimes that in children's books there are
more and more grim problems,
but I don't know that I want to burden third-
and fourth-graders with them.
- Beverly Cleary

I grew up before there were strict leash laws.
- Beverly Cleary

One rainy Sunday when I was in the third grade,
I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered
that even though I did not want to,
I was reading.
I have been a reader ever since.
- Beverly Cleary

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago?
Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy
on account of most of them?
Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Dale Carnegie

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish he didn't trust me so much.
- Mother Teresa

I didn't want to marry anybody else in town.
I want my baby to look like you.
- It's a Wonderful Life (1946 movie)

Choose love. Choose to release all resentments.
Forgive everyone. Choose to release all regrets.
Forgive yourself for all decisions that you have ever made
that didn't work out as you hoped.
Forgive yourself for any financial decisions
that didn't meet your expectations.
Release your regrets if you choose
the "wrong" spouse or the "wrong" career.
Today, choose love.
Choose to love yourself.
Choose to love your life.
Choose to love all the friends, family, co-workers,
acquaintances, and others who share your life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood,
but it didn't because parenting can only be learned
by people who have no children.
- Bill Cosby

When you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living.
When you can see that, you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don't be afraid,
and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
- Joseph Campbell

If I hadn't met you, I wouldn't like you.
If I didn't like you, I wouldn't love you.
If I didn't love you, I wouldn't miss you.
But I did, I do, and I will.
- Anonymous

I have this sense that I didn't really start growing up until my twenties.
- Winona Ryder

Dad taught me everything I know.
Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.
- Al Unser

I crashed my boyfriend's birthday when I was 12 years old.
He didn't invite me and so I showed up.
- Isla Fisher

Growing up, I didn't have a lot of toys,
and personal entertainment depended on individual ingenuity and imagination -
think up a story and go live it for an afternoon.
- Terry Brooks

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office
and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight
more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.
- Nicolas Cage

I didn't have the same fitness or ability as the other girls,
so I had to beat them with my mind.
- Martina Hingis

I quit high school on my birthday.
It was my senior year and I didn't see the point.
This was 1962, and I was ready to make music.
- Barry White

I kept my babies fed.
I could have dumped them, but I didn't.
I decided that whatever trip I was on,
they were going with me.
You're looking at a real daddy.
- Barry White

Life's like Vegas. You're up, you're down,
but in the end the house always wins.
Doesn't mean you didn't have fun.
- the Woody Allen movie Deconstructing Harry

The mistakes made by Congress wouldn't be so bad if
the next Congress didn't keep trying to correct them.
- Cullen Hightower

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

What if happiness were found in the serenity of simple pleasures.
What if we didn't need the newest gizmo... the highest high?
What if happiness is in the air we breathe...
slowly, deeply, and consciously?
What if happiness is one fresh grape, savored with gratitude?
What if happiness is in our oneness with all creation?
What if happiness is about enjoying life exactly as it comes to us -
without chasing after it?
What if happiness is something we CHOOSE...
regardless of our circumstances?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My neighbour asked if he could use my lawnmower and
I told him of course he could,
so long as he didn't take it out of my garden.
- Eric Morecambe

The Vatican is against surrogate mothers.
Good thing they didn't have that rule when Jesus was born.
- Elayne Boosler

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

For my confirmation, I didn't get a watch and my first pair of long pants,
like most Lutheran boys.
I got a telescope.
My mother thought it would make the best gift.
- Wernher von Braun

I used to want to be a lawyer, but I didn't want to
have half my brain sucked out.
- Max Walker

Bachelors know more about women than married men;
if they didn't they'd be married too.
- H. L. Mencken

When I turned 60, it didn't bother me at all.
- Yoko Ono

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why
the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today.
- Laurence J. Peter

Disneyland is a work of love.
We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
- Walt Disney

Mommy smoked but she didn't want us to.
She saw smoke coming out of the barn one time,
so we got whipped.
- Loretta Lynn

You define a good flight by negatives:
you didn't get hijacked,
you didn't crash, you didn't throw up,
you weren't late, you weren't nauseated by the food.
So you are grateful.
- Paul Theroux

I got up with my wife, I sat down at the computer when she went to work,
and I didn't stop until she got home.
- George Stephen

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people
couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
- Kin Hubbard

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
- Aristotle Onassis

I didn't make it all the way through third grade for nothing.
- the movie The Rescuers Down Under

I'm more comfortable with whatever's wrong with me
than my father was whenever he felt he failed or didn't
measure up to the standard he set.
- John Malkovich

I haven't spoken to my wife in years.
I didn't want to interrupt her.
- Rodney Dangerfield

The Russians feared Ike.
They didn't fear me.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I was a brownie for a day.
My mom made me stop.
She didn't want me to conform.
- Sandra Bullock

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

My mom's a Catholic, and my dad's a Jew,
and they didn't want anything to do with anything.
- Isabelle Huppert

The earth is like a spaceship
that didn't come with an operating manual.
- R. Buckminster Fuller


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