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Shel Silverstein Quotes

40 of the best book quotes from Shel Silverstein
  1. #1
    If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain’t enough!
  2. #2
    And he didn’t really know where he was going, but he did know he was going somewhere, because you really have to go somewhere, don’t you?
  3. #3
    Everything isn’t everything
  4. #4
    Anything is possible. Anything can be.
  5. #5
    Underneath my outside face, There’s a face that none can see. A little less smiley, A little less sure, But a whole lot more like me.
  6. #6
    Tell me I’m clever, Tell me I’m kind, Tell me I’m talented, Tell me I’m cute, Tell me I’m sensitive, Graceful and Wise Tell me I’m perfect. But tell me the TRUTH.
  7. #7
    …Just ’cause somethin’ ain’t been done
    Don’t mean it can’t be did…
  8. #8
    There are no happy endings.
    Endings are the saddest part,
    So just give me a happy middle
    And a very happy start
  1. #9
    Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.
  2. #10
    Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child,
    Listen to the DON’TS
    Listen to the SHOULDN’TS
    The IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS
    Listen to the NEVER HAVES
    Then listen close to me—
    Anything can happen, child,
    ANYTHING can be.
  3. #11
    This boat that we just built is just fine -
    And don’t try to tell us it’s not
    The sides and the back are divine -
    It’s the bottom I guess we forgot
  4. #12
    It’s amazing the difference
    A bit of sky can make.
  5. #13
    He wasted his wishes on wishing.
  6. #14
    But all the magic I have known
    I’ve had to make myself
  7. #15
    If you are a dreamer, come in,
    If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
    A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer...
    If you’re a pretender come sit by my fire
    For we have some flax-golden tales to spin.
    Come in!
    Come in!
  8. #16
    So I’m all of love that could make it today.
  1. #17
    I will not play at tug o’ war.
    I’d rather play at hug o’ war,
    Where everyone hugs
    Instead of tugs,
    Where everyone giggles
    And rolls on the rug,
    Where everyone kisses,
    And everyone grins,
    And everyone cuddles,
    And everyone wins.
  2. #18
    I know a way to stay friends forever, There’s really nothing to it, I tell you what to do, And you do it.
  3. #19
    No teacher, preacher, parent, friend or wise man can decide what’s right for you – just listen to The voice that speaks inside.
  4. #20
    To me, freedom entitles you to do something, not to not do something.
  5. #21
    Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it.
  6. #22
    She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME And she grew so tall, She ate from a plate called TASTE ME And down she shrank so small. And so she changed, while other folks Never tried nothin’ at all.
  7. #23
    Talked my head off Worked my tail off Cried my eyes out Walked my feet off Sang my heart out So you see, There’s really not much left of me.
  8. #24
    “I don’t need very much now.”
  1. #25
    “I wish that I could give you something . . .
    but I have nothing left.”
  2. #26
    “Then you can sail away . . .
    and be happy.”
  3. #27
    “I want a boat that will take me far away from here.”
  4. #28
    “I am too old and sad to play.”
  5. #29
    ″‘Come, Boy,’ she whispered, ‘come and play.‘”
  6. #30
    “And the tree was happy . . .”
  7. #31
    “Then you will have money and you will be happy.”
  8. #32
    ″‘I am too big to climb and play,’ said the boy. ‘I want to buy things and have fun. I want some money. Can you give me some money?‘”
  1. #33
    “And every day the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and play king of the forest.”
  2. #34
    ″You may cut off my branches and build a house. Then you will be happy.”
  3. #35
    EARLY BIRD
    Oh, if you’re a bird, be an early bird
    And catch the worm for your breakfast plate.
    If you’re a bird, be an early early bird--
    But if you’re a worm, sleep late.
  4. #36
    “And they would play hide and go seek and when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade.”
  5. #37
    “He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples.”
  6. #38
    How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em.
  7. #39
    If there is a book you want to read but isn’t written yet, write it
  8. #40
    “And the boy loved the tree . . . very much. And the tree was happy.”
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