The secret garden by Frances H Burnett – Quotes

               Garden border 3 by John Thompson

  • Find something interesting and a child will shine.

Just before the quote below, Colin, Mary’s cousin, was disabused and didn’t show much interest in living. But then, Mary talked about the mysterious secret garden…

What garden door was locked? Who did it? Where was the key burried? he exclaimed, as if he were suddenly very much interested. […] What sort of garden is it? Colin persisted eagerly. (p.157)

  • About Colin’s behaviour:

Mary had not known that she herself had been spoiled, but she could see quite plainly that this mysterious boy had been. He thought that the whole world belonged to him. How peculiar he was and how coolly he spoke of not living. (p.158)

by Emma Rimer

  • Spring by Mary…

It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth. (p.161)

  • Charlotte Mason’s philosphy summed up in Martha and Mary’s dialog:

Mother says that there’s no reason why any child should live that gets no fresh air and doesn’t do nothing but lie on his back and read picture-books and take medicine. He’s weak and hates the trouble of being taken out of doors, and he gets cold so easy it makes him ill.

Mary sat and looked at the fire.

« I wonder », she said slowly, « if it would not do him good to go out into a garden and watch things growing. It did me good. » (p.171)

  • Dickon’s portrait by Mary:

He knows all about eggs and nests […] and he knows where foxes and badgers and otters live. He keeps them secret so that other boys won’t find their holes and frighten them. He knows about everything that grows or lives on the moor. […] He’s always talking about live things. He never talks about dead things or things that are ill. He’s always looking up in the sky to watch birds flying – or looking down at the earth to see something growing. He has such round blue eyes and they are so wide open with looking about. And he laughs such a big laugh with his wide mouth – and his cheeks are red – as red as cherries. (176-178/9)

Garden border 8 by John Thompson

  • When Colin discovered the secret garden for the 1st time…

And over walls and earth and trees and swinging sprays and tendrils the fair green veil of tender little leaves had crept, and in the grass under the trees and the grey urns in the alcoves and here and there everywhere, were touches or splashes of gold and purple and white and the trees were showing pink and snow above his head, and there were flutterings of wings and faint sweet pipes and humming and scents and scents, And the sun fell warm upon his face like a hand with a lovely touch. (p.260)

  • Healing nature…

« You’ll get plenty of fresh air, won’t you? » said Mary.

« I’m going to get nothing else, » he answered. « I’ve seen the spring now and I’m going to see the summer. I’m going to see everything grow here. I’m going to grow here myself. » (p.268)

  • You are the only artisan of your happiness!

Being alive is the Magic – being strong is the Magic. The Magic is in me – the Magic is in me. It is in me – it is in me. It’s in every one of us. (p.296)

  • Self-confidence / commitment / strong drive / determination

I shall come here every day in my chair and I shall be taken back in it. I won’t have people whispering and asking questions and I won’t let my father hear about it until the experiment has quite succeeded. Then some time when he comes back to Misselthwaite I shall just walk into his study and say: « Here I am: I am like any other boy. I am quite well and I shall live to be a man. It has been done by a scientific experiment. » (p.299)

  • importance of thoughts and outlooks we chose to look at the world all around us (p.343/4)

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