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Shel Silverstein Quotes

27 of the best book quotes from Shel Silverstein
  1. #1
    No teacher, preacher, parent, friend or wise man can decide what’s right for you – just listen to The voice that speaks inside.
  2. #2
    To me, freedom entitles you to do something, not to not do something.
  3. #3
    Never explain what you do. It speaks for itself. You only muddle it by talking about it.
  4. #4
    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.
  5. #5
    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.
  6. #6
    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?
  7. #7
    Everything isn’t everything
  8. #8
    Anything is possible. Anything can be.
  9. #9
    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.
  10. #10
    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.
  11. #11
    …Just ’cause somethin’ ain’t been done
    Don’t mean it can’t be did…
  12. #12
    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.
  13. #13
    I know a way to stay friends forever, There’s really nothing to it, I tell you what to do, And you do it.
  14. #14
    If the track is tough and the hill is rough, THINKING you can just ain’t enough!
  15. #15
    There are no happy endings.
    Endings are the saddest part,
    So just give me a happy middle
    And a very happy start
  16. #16
    “And after a long time the boy came back again.
    “I am sorry, Boy,” said the tree, “but I have nothing left to give you-
    My apples are gone.”
    “My teeth are too weak for apples,” said the boy.
    “My branches are gone,” said the tree.
    “You cannot swing on them-”
    “I am too old to swing on branches,” said the boy.
    “My trunk is gone,” said the tree.
    “You cannot climb-”
    “I am too tired to climb,” said the boy.
    “I am sorry,” sighed the tree.
    “I wish that I could give you something... but I have nothing left. I am an old stump. I am sorry...”
    “I don’t need very much now,” said the boy, “just a quiet place to sit and rest. I am very tired.”
    “Well,” said the tree, straightening herself up as much as she could,
    “well, an old stump is a good for sitting and resting. Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.”
    And the boy did.
    And the tree was happy.”
  17. #17
    Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.
  18. #18
    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.
  19. #19
    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
  20. #20
    It’s amazing the difference
    A bit of sky can make.
  21. #21
    He wasted his wishes on wishing.
  22. #22
    But all the magic I have known
    I’ve had to make myself
  23. #23
    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!
  24. #24
    So I’m all of love that could make it today.
  25. #25
    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.
  26. #26
    If there is a book you want to read but isn’t written yet, write it
  27. #27
    How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em.
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