10 Inspiring Quotes From The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

These stirring, fun and poignant quotes are just as appealing to readers today as they were when L. Frank Baum's magical story was published in 1900. See below for our favourite quotes from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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1. "No matter how dreary and grey our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home."

2. "True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid."

3. "We dare not harm this little girl," he said to them, "for she is protected by the Power of Good, and that is greater than the Power of Evil."

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4. Toto did not really care whether he was in Kansas or the Land of Oz so long as Dorothy was with him; but he knew the little girl was unhappy, and that made him unhappy, too.

5. "It was a terrible thing to undergo, but during the year I stood there I had time to think that the greatest loss I had known was the loss of my heart. While I was in love I was the happiest man on earth; but no one can love who has not a heart, and so I am resolved to ask Oz to give me one."

6. "You have plenty of courage, I am sure," answered Oz. "All you need is confidence in yourself."

7. "All the same," said the Scarecrow, "I shall ask for brains instead of a heart: for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one."

"I shall take the heart," returned the Tin Woodman; "for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world."

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8. It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as grey as her other surroundings. Toto was not grey; he was a little black dog, with long silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose.

9. Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvellous and manifestly unreal. The winged fairies of Grimm and Andersen have brought more happiness to childish hearts than all other human creations.

- L. Frank Baum, Introduction to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

10. 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' was written solely to please children of today. It aspires to being a modernised fairy tale, in which the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out.

- L. Frank Baum, Introduction to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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    "Welcome home, sublime and noble ancestor! Welcome, honourable and exalted Sir."Upon his return to the cornfield from which Dorothy first rescued him, the Scarecrow decides to follow his pole deep down into the earth and find out more about his family history. But when he discovers the Silver Islands and unearths his royal heritage, will he stay beneath the earth or can Dorothy persuade him to return to the Land of Oz?
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    Cap'n Bill, a sailor with a wooden peg-leg, and his friend, a little girl named Trot, set out in California on a calm day for a short trip in their rowing boat. Rapidly, however, the weather takes a turn for the worse and an enormous storm develops, washing them overboard. Miraculously rescued by mermaids, they are taken them to a nearby cave. Thereafter follows an amazing story, Cap'n Bill and Trot encounter a variety of characters: the strangely shaped, ostrich-like Ork; the Bumpy Man, who deals in sugar and molasses; Button Bright, a young boy in a sailor's outfit who constantly gets lost. With the aid of some friendly birds and magical berries, the group are eventually carried safely across the deadly desert to Oz. However, things rapidly take a turn for the worse as the motley group find themselves in Jinxland, a country riven by political intrigue and instability, and currently ruled by the infamous Krewl. Princess Gloria, amidst the breakdown of her country, has defied her would be-suitors, and is punished by having her heart turned to stone by a witch - who also takes the opportunity to turn Cap'n Bill into a grasshopper. With misfortune on every side, things look dicey for Trot and her companions, until the Scarecrow catches wind of the events from the Great Book of Records. Will Glinda be able to help depose the despot Krewl and save the lives of Cap'n Bill and the Princess?