You had the courage to try; and what you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do.

For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.

It is much better to look for what I may never find than to find what I do not really want.

Where is the sound?" someone hastily scribbled on the blackboard, and they all waited anxiously for the reply. Milo caught his breath, picked up the chalk, and explained simply, "It's on the tip of my tongue.

Whatever we learn has a purpose and whatever we do affects everything and everyone else, if even in the tiniest way...for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer.

There are other advantages," continued the child. "For instance, if one rat were cornered by nine cats, on the average, each cat would be ten percent rat and the rat would be ninety percent cat. If you happened to be a rat, you can see how much nicer it would make things.

I don't know of any wrong road to Dictionopolis, so if this road goes to Dictionopolis at all it must be the right road, and if it doesn't it must be the right road to somewhere else, because there are no wrong roads to anywhere. Do you think it will rain?

Yes, indeed," they repeated together; "but if we'd told you then, you might not have gone--and as you've discovered, so many things are possible just as long as you don't know they're impossible.

Ah, this is fine," he cried triumphantly, holding up a small medallion on a chain. He dusted it off, and engraved on one side were the words "WHY NOT?" "That's a good reason for almost anything - a bit used perhaps, but still quite serviceable.

When he was in school he longed to be out, and when he was out he longed to be in. On the way he thought about coming home, and coming home he thought about going. Wherever he was he wished he were somewhere else, and when he got there he wondered why he'd even bothered.

The only thing you can do easily is be wrong, and that's hardly worth the effort.

One of the problems you have when you read with kids is that once they like something they want you to read it a hundred times.

Of course, if you've ever gotten a surprise package, you can imagine how puzzled and excited Milo was; and if you've never gotten one, pay close attention, because someday you might.

Why, did you know that there are almost as many kinds of stillness as there are sounds? But, sadly enough, no one pays any attention to them these days.

I received a grant from The Ford Foundation to write a book for kids about urban perception, or how people experience cities, but I kept putting off writing it. Instead I started to write what became The Phantom Tollbooth.

It's just as bad to live in a place where what you do see isn't there as it is to live in one where what you don't see is.

Why not take a few pounds of ‘happys'? advised the salesman. They're much more practical—and very useful for Happy Birthday, Happy New Year, happy days, and happy-go-lucky.

You see, to tall men I'm a midget, and to short men I'm a giant; to the skinny ones I'm a fat man, and to the fat ones I'm a thin man.

And that's why people no longer care which words they use as long as they use lots of them.

Today people use as many words as they can and think themselves very wise for doing so. For always remember that while it is wrong to use too few, it is often far worse to use too many.

I didn't know that I was going to have to eat my own words,' objected Milo. 'Of course, of course, everyone here does,' the king grunted. 'You should have made a tastier speech.

And when I'm writing, I write a lot anyway. I might write pages and pages of conversation between characters that don't necessarily end up in the book, or in the story I'm working on, because they're simply my way of getting to know the characters.

Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life.

But just because you can never reach it, doesn't mean that it's not worth looking for.

Expectations is the place you must always go to before you get to where you're going. Of course, some people never go beyond Expectations, but my job is to hurry them along whether they like it or not.

So many things are potable just as long as you don't know they're impossible.

Everybody is so terribly sensitive about the things they know best.

You weren't thinking and you weren't paying attention either. People who don't pay attention often get stuck in the Doldrums.

You'll find, he remarked gently, that the only thing you can do easily is be wrong, and that's hardly worth the effort.

We never choose which words to use, for as long as they mean what they mean to mean, we don't care if they make sense or nonsense.

Things which are equally bad are also equally good. Try to look at the bright side of things.

People laughed less and grumbled more, sang less and shouted more, and the sounds they made grew louder and uglier. It became difficult to hear even the birds or the breeze, and soon everyone stopped listening for them.

When you're very young and you learn something - a fact, a piece of information, whatever - it doesn't connect to anything.

You can't improve sound by having only silence. The problem is to use each at the proper time.

I think kids slowly begin to realize that what they're learning relates to other things they know. Then learning starts to get more and more exciting.

So each one of you agrees to disagree with whatever the other one agrees with, but if you both disagree with the same thing, aren't you really in agreement?

And it's much the same thing with knowledge, for whenever you learn something new, the whole world becomes that much richer.

You wouldn't like it much anyway, someone replied gently. Infinity is a dreadfully poor place. They can never manage to make ends meet.

Why is it,' he said quietly, 'that quite often even the things which are correct just don't seem to be right?

A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect. Be gone, odious wasp! You smell of decayed syllables.

You must excuse my gruff conduct, the watchdog said, after they'd been driving for some time, but you see it's traditional for watchdogs to be ferocious.

And Milo, full of thoughts and questions, curled up on the pages of tomorrow's music and eagerly awaited the dawn.

But I find the best things I do, I do when I'm trying to avoid doing something else I'm supposed to be doing. You know, you're working on something. You get bugged, or you lose your enthusiasm or something. So you turn to something else with an absolute vengeance.

What you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.

They never see what they're too much of a hurry to look for.

Words and numbers are of equal value, for in the cloak of knowledge one is warp and the other woof.

We're right here on this very spot. Besides, being lost is never a matter of not knowing where you are; it's a matter of not knowing where you aren't - and I don't care at all about where I'm not.

It's bad enough wasting time without killing it.

The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what's in between.