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In this article I’ll show you some of my favorite’s quotes and a very slight introduction from one of my favorite books “The Secret Garden” written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, who’s personally one of the most inspiring and creative authors I ever got the chance to read.

The Secret Garden? Overrated? Hmm… Maybe. Have you ever read it before? From where I see it, this book is not even near to be classified as overrated; if you have heard of it loads of times before it’s because it is purely a great book.

The book start off wondering with dim, blurred and gray pages about the protagonist life, Mary Lennox [9 years old] who’s current situation turned into a gloomy and empty chapter that will make you feel condolence and sorrow for this little girl — if you get deeply into books (just like I do lol). But don’t feel frightened to turn the pages, for as you keep reading eventually these burst into different shades of colors. With help of her cousin (Colin), her new friend (Dickon), and an abandoned garden, Mary in a course of time is overcome by the mystery of life itself, opening the door into the innermost places of the heart.

All right, if you already read and have the book, do me a favor. Go and grab your book. Open it. Put in front of your face. And take a deep breath. A long, peaceful and deep breath. Now please tell I’m not the only one who smells the fragile scent of moor and wildflowers at the end!! No? …Okay.

(I really hope you like reading because this might be quite long. Or maybe not?)

Anyway…Let’s get started!

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Ps: Some of the next quotes are probably not even considered as “quotes.” Most of them are just mortal sentences that for some reason I relate with and somehow inspired me and helped me in some sort of personal ways. It also includes quotes that I just liked with no reason in between. Perhaps you’ll find better quotes online or you already have your bests by your own opinion. However, this is just my opinion, keep reading if you’re interested!

[Spoiler Warning] not really...

  • “On and on they drove through the darkness”
  • “But Mary only listened to her coldly and wondered at her freedom of manner”
  • "...had made this one feel as if there was no one left in the world but herself”
  • “Little bird brought a look into her sour little face which was almost a smile. She listened to him until he flew away […] she liked him and wondered if she should ever see him again”
  • “It made her think that it was curious how much nicer a person looked when he smiled”
  • “Everything was strange and silent and she seemed to be hundreds of miles away from everyone. But somehow she did not feel lonely at all”
  • “…speaking to the trees and the rose-bushes as if they heard her”
  • “She had never felt sorry for herself”
  • “But now the world seemed to be changing and getting nicer”
  • “She always wanted to try to make him talk to her”
  • “…gave a little shake of his wings, spread them and flew away”
  • “He walked off, without even glancing at her or saying good-bye”
  • “She did not know this was the best thing she could have done”
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  • “Even when she pressed her hands more tightly over her ears she could not keep the awful sounds out”
  • “...he would have found out that most of his fright and illness was created by himself”
  • “You smell like flowers and-and fresh things,” he cried out quite jealously. “What is it you smell of? It’s cool and warm and sweet all at the same time”
  • “No one must ever suspect that they had a secret”
  • “They would turn into the shrubbery walks and lose themselves until they came to the long walls”
  • “This was the beginning of many agreeable incidents of the same time”
  • “…there could have been no happiness even in that golden springtime air”
  • “…most of them never seemed really to learn to fly at all. You never met them in the air or on tree-tops”
  • “Rainy days lost their terrors that morning”
  • “Their belief in the Magic was an abiding thing”
  • “She knew that he would think of her”
  • “Let her run wild in the garden. Don’t look after her too much. She needs liberty and fresh air and romping about”
  • “Because of the dreams that are so real,” he answered rather fretfully. “Sometimes when I opened my eyes I don’t believe I’m awake.” “We’re both awake,” said Mary. She glanced round the room with its high ceiling and shadowy corners and dim-firelight. “It looks like a dream, and it’s the middle of the night, and everybody in the house is asleep-everybody but us. We are wide awake”
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  • “Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with millions stars waiting and watching makes one sure; and sometimes a sound of a far-off music makes it true; and sometimes a look in some one’s eyes”
  • “Every moment of the afternoon was full of new things and every hour the sunshine grew more golden”
  • “There he found the loveliness of a dream”
  • “…his soul was slowly getting stronger”
  • “…the moon was full and high and all the world was purple shadow and silver”
  • “But the calm had brought a sort of courage and hope with it”

“Where you tend a rose, my lad,
A thistle cannot grow.”

  • “…he had never tried to put any other thoughts in the place of the dark ones”
  • “…he had let his soul fill itself with blackness”
  • “…the sight of him was a wrong done to other people because it was as if he poisoned the air about him with gloom”
  • "When the sun rose and touched them with such light as made it seem as if the world was just being born”
  • “…he knew he was a living man, not a dead one”
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Believe it or not there are plenty more quotes that I didn’t add being afraid for this article to be too long or it wasn’t. Perhaps in a future I can write part II, who knows? ...psss... let me know.

The Secret Garden made fall in love even more with plants and nature in general (highly recommended). Hopefully you adventure yourself to read this timeless classic that has left generations of readers with warm, lifelong memories of its magical charms.

A blend of power, beauty, vivid interest, and honest goodness. Yes, if this is magic, it is good magic
— The New York Times

Thanks for reading this stubborn but somehow heartening article (My first article btw!)

I hope your year is being amazing so far. Feel free to drop me a postcard anytime :)

Lots of love,

~NonBrightEyes

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