Today’s my birthday! I am now 23 years old. I am so happy to be another year older and to have learned all of the things I’ve learned over the course of this year.
In honor of my 23rd Birthday, I’m going to share my 10 favorite quotes from one of my favorite books, The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards. I re-read it recently and I totally understand why I loved it so much.
My Favorite Quotes
“Have you noticed how nobody ever looks up?” The man’s voice was suddenly irritable. “Nobody looks at chimneys, or trees against the sky, or the tops of buildings. Everybody just looks down at the pavement or their shoes. The whole world could pass them by and most people wouldn’t notice.” (Edwards pg. 11)
“The more knowledge man gained, the more self-conscious he became about believing in fanciful creatures.” (Edwards pg. 34)
“That’s because I am different. Some people consider me an eccentric. I specialize in imagination. I imagine things most people wouldn’t even dream of.” (Edwards pg. 37)
“There aren’t many people in this world who really know how to look. Usually one glance is enough to register that grass is green and the sky is blue and so on. They can tell you if the sun is shining or if it looks like rain, but that’s about all. It’s such a pity, for there is texture to everything we see, and everything we hear.” (Edwards pg. 47)
“My point is this: I don’t want you ever again to take something at face value– to take things for granted. Let your curiosity run away with you. Know that beyond every ordinary explanation there is a deeper and more exciting discover to be made.” (Edwards pg. 53)
“What’s your favorite word?” Lindy asked.
“Good heavens. There are thousands that I like.”
The professor thought for a moment. “Papilionaceous,” he said. “From Latin, meaning resembling a butterfly, or shaped like a butterfly.” (Edwards pg. 63)
“…Did you know that in ancient Greece students wore rosemary twined in their hair while studying for their examinations? It is supposed to strengthen memory, and is thought to bring success to any undertaking.” (Edwards pg. 76)
“What’s the writing on the desk in the cabin?” Tom inquired.
“It is the Whangdoodle’s motto. Pax amor et lepos in iocando. Latin for Peace, love and a sense of fun.” (Edwards pg. 114)
“Miracles, contrary to popular belief, do not just happen. A miracle is the achievement of the impossible, and it is only when we put aside our greed , anger, pride and prejudice so that our minds are open and ready to accept it, that a miracle can occur.” (Edwards pg. 166)
“Yes. This is definitely what I am. I’m an Oinck.”
The professor was excited. “I thought that you probably were, but I wasn’t sure. It’s a great pleasure to meet you.”
“Is it?” said the creature. “I’ve never met me, so I wouldn’t know.” (Edwards pg. 178)
These quotes probably don’t make much sense out of context, but that only means you’ll have to go read the whole book to get a complete understanding (see what I did there :-)). It’s a classic, a favorite I’ll love forever, so it’ll definitely be worth your time.