Enchanted wisdom


I have always been a lover of childhood stories, fairy tales and fables. Even as an adult I find myself drawn to the enchanted wisdom and extravagant narrative that finds its way into these darling pages.

When my daughter was born, 21 years ago, I rekindled my fascination with the magic, delightful and often quirky astuteness that swirls off these pages. Needless to say, we have book cases lined with the most exquisite and cherished books.

So, without further ado, here are some charming and profound snippets, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed putting this post together; –




Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”



“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?’
‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,’ said the Cat.



Peter Pan by J.M Barrie



“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.”

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”

“Pan, who and what art thou?” he cried huskily.
“I’m youth, I’m joy,” Peter answered at a venture, “I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.”




Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

10-december-it-never-hurts“Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them.”

“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh”

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”


Dr Seuss




“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”

“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.




Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott


“I like good strong words that mean something…”

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

“Let us be elegant or die!”

“Be comforted, dear soul! There is always light behind the clouds.”




The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin – Mark Twain

10-december-huck-fin“That is just the way with some people. They get down on a thing when they don’t know nothing about it.”

“If you tell the truth you do not need a good memory!”

“Sometimes you gwyne to git hurt, en sometimes you gwyne to git sick; but every time you’s gwyne to git well agin.”

“Yes—en I’s rich now come to look at it. I owns myself, en I’s wuth eight hund’d dollars. I wisht I had de money, I wouldn’ want no mo’.”




The Lion King

d10“It’s times like this my buddy Timon here says: you got to put your behind in your past.” – Pumbaa

Don’t let danger control you. Embrace a challenge—you never know where it will take you. Just don’t go around visiting elephant graveyards, okay?

“Remember who you are.” – Mufasa

“Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.” – Mufasa

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” – Rafiki



Then there are the songs; –

i-can-go-the-distance“True to your heart … you must be true to your heart. That’s when the heavens will part.” — Mulan

“It don’t take a word, not a single word. Go on and kiss the girl.” — Sebastian (“Kiss The Girl”)

“Side by side with your loved one, you’ll find enchantment here. The night will weave its magic spell, when the one you love is near.” — (“Bella Notte”)

“Can you feel the love tonight? You needn’t look too far. Stealing through the night’s uncertainties, love is where they are.” — Simba, Timon, Pumbaa, Nala (“Can You Feel The Love Tonight”)


Wisdom to live by


Voice of the Wind
Ay ay ay ya
Ay ay ya
Grandmother Willow
Que que na-to-ra
You will understand
Listen with your heart
You will understand
Let it break upon you
Like a wave upon the sand
Listen with your heart
You will understand
Voice of the Wind
You will understand …



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