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'A Little Princess' Quotes

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Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote A Little Princess, which centers around Sara Crewe. She comes from India, and is thrust into a boarding school in Victorian-era England. In true melodramatic style, her fortunes are seriously altered, leaving her a starving slave in the attic. Here are a few quotes from A Little Princess.
  • "Whatever comes," she said, "cannot alter one thing. If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wish they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in--that's stronger. It's a good thing not to answer your enemies."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that--warm things, kind things, sweet things--help and comfort and laughter--and sometimes gay, kind laughter is the best help of all."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "It makes me feel as if something had hit me," Sara had told Ermengarde once in confidence. "And as if I want to hit back. I have to remember things quickly to keep from saying something ill-tempered."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "Perhaps to be able to learn things quickly isn't everything. To be kind is worth a great deal to other people...Lots of clever people have done harm and have been wicked."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "Everything's a story - You are a story -I am a story."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "Somehow, something always happens just before things get to the very worst. It is as if Magic did it. If I could only just remember that always. The worse thing never quite comes."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "I don't like it, papa," she said. "But then I dare say soldiers - even brave ones - don't really like going into battle."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "Never did she find anything so difficult as to keep herself from losing her temper when she was suddenly disturbed while absorbed in a book. People who are fond of books know the feeling of irritation which sweeps over them at such a moment. The temptation to be unreasonable and snappish is one not easy to manage."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "She looked into the staring glass eyes and complacent face, and suddenly a sort of heartbroken rage seized her. She lifted her little savage hand and knocked Emily off the chair, bursting into a passion of sobbing- Sara who never cried."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "What you have to do with your mind, when your body is miserable, is to make it think of something else."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "When people are insulting you, there is nothing so good for them as not to say a word -- just to look at them and think. When you will not fly into a passion people know you are stronger than they are, because you are strong enough to hold in your rage, and they are not, and they say stupid things they wished they hadn't said afterward. There's nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in -- that's stronger. It's a good thing not to answer your enemies."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

  • "Perhaps you can feel if you can't hear. Perhaps kind thoughts reach people somehow, even through windows and doors and walls. Perhaps you feel a little warm and comforted."
    - Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

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