Goodness me! It’s been nearly two months since I posted anything! I blame the hot weather; the veggie patch beckons and I must respond. I was inspired to write a post after reading 46 of the Most Beautiful Literary Passages According to Reddit on Buzzfeed. Children’s books often get overlooked when discussing literary fiction, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a few great quotes on there, and for once they weren’t inspirational quotes paired with photos of sunsets and mountains.
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered. “Yes, Piglet?” “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
“You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
“As the days went by, the evolution of like into love was accelerated. White Fang himself began to grow aware of it, though in his consciousness he knew not what love was. It manifested itself to him as a void in his being—a hungry, aching, yearning void that clamoured to be filled. It was a pain and an unrest; and it received easement only by the touch of the new god’s presence. At such times love was joy to him, a wild, keen-thrilling satisfaction. But when away from his god, the pain and the unrest returned; the void in him sprang up and pressed against him with its emptiness, and the hunger gnawed and gnawed unceasingly. ” ― Jack London, White Fang
Considering there are 45 passages and quotes here, the few for children and young adults isn’t really substantial. Let’s add to it shall we?
“If you haven’t been in a war and are wondering how long it takes to get used to losing everything you think you need or love, I can tell you the answer is no time at all.” ― Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now
“We did everything adults would do. What went wrong?” ― William Golding, Lord of the Flies
“I believe it is customary to get one’s washing over first in baths and bask afterwards; personally, I bask first. I have discovered that the first few minutes are the best and not to be wasted– my brain always seethes with ideas and life suddenly looks much better than it did.” ― Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” ― Roald Dahl, The Minpins
Do you have a favourite passage from children’s literature? Comment below.