The wisdom of children’s stories

Lately, I’ve been trying to get in touch with my inner child by going back and reading some of my favorite books from childhood.   These books are filled with wisdom and divinity that rivals some of the oldest spiritual texts.  So, I’ve captured some of the most memorable and insightful quotes from my favorite authors and childhood heroes.

winnie the pooh

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christoper Robin to Pooh.

cat in the hat

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss

ferdinand the bull

“He liked to sit just quietly and smell the flowers.” –  From the Story of Ferdinand the Bull

the velveteen rabbit

“He didn’t mind how he looked to other people, because the nursery magic had made him Real, and when you are Real shabbiness doesn’t matter.”
― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

Alice in Wonderland

If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see? – Alice,  Alice in Wonderland

where the wild things are

“There must be more to life than having everything.” ― Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

where the sidewalk ends

“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.” ― Shel Silverstein

And my all time favorite; my hometown hero…

mister rogers

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”
― Fred Rogers, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

Mold something out of Play-Doh, build something with LEGOs, color outside of the lines, and the book tattered with corners over and over until you’re five years old again when everything was new.


– Your Charmed Yogi

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