Edward Eager Quotes.

1. "That's so," said Eliza. "Vacation ends next month. I start Latin this year. They say it's awful. You decline nouns. All _I_ can say is, who wouldn't?"
- Quote by Edward Eager

2. "One of the least admirable things about people," said the small gentleman, "is the way they are afraid of whatever they don't understand."
- Quote by Edward Eager

3. "Still, even without the country or a lake, the summer was a fine thing, particularly when you were at the beginning of it, looking ahead into it. There would be months of beautifully long, empty days, and each other to play with, and the books from the library."
- Edward Eager, Half Magic

4. "In the summer you could take out ten books at a time, instead of three, and keep them a month, instead of two weeks. Of course you could take only four of the fiction books, which were the best, but Jane liked plays and they were nonfiction, and Katharine liked poetry and that was nonfiction, and Martha was still the age for picture books, and they didn’t count as fiction but were often nearly as good. Mark hadn’t found out yet what kind of nonfiction he liked, but he was still trying. Each month he would carry home his ten books and read the four good fiction ones in the first four days, and then read one page each from the other six, and then give up. Next month he would take them back and try again. The nonfiction books he tried were mostly called things like When I was a Boy in Greece, or Happy Days on the Prairie—things that made them sound like stories, only they weren’t. They made Mark furious. It’s being made to learn things not on purpose. It’s unfair, he said. It’s sly. Unfairness and slyness the four children hated above all."
- Edward Eager, Half Magic

5. "Really! said the fat lady to Jane and Katharine and Martha, who were wedged tightly against her. Stop shoving. I’m sorry, but we haven’t time for you now, said Jane to the fat lady. And she wished her twice as far as where she belonged. The lady was quite annoyed to find herself suddenly at home in her own kitchen, and later sued the newspaper for witchcraft. But she was never able to prove her case, and anyway that does not come into this story. Back in her office, the children’s mother sat staring palely at the place where the lady had been."
- Edward Eager, Half Magic

6. "Who steals my purse steals trash, he said, but who steals my sword steals honor itself, and him will I harry by wood and by water till I cleave him from his brainpan to his thighbone!"
- Edward Eager, Half Magic

7. "But in the garden the sun still shone. The innumerable bees hummed. The scent of thyme hung on the air. But only the Natterjack was there to breathe the fragrant essence of it. He and the garden were waiting. They were waiting for more children. They didn't care how long they waited. They had all the time in the world. -The Time Garden, Edward Eager"
- Edward Eager, The Time Garden

8. "Old Mrs. Whiton stopped waving. She stood on the steps of the old house, looking up at the sky, where clouds were piling in the northeast. That meant a storm was coming, and old Mrs. Whiton's eyes flashed. She liked storms. They were a challenge to her. She went into the house, and soon her typewriter keys were clacking wildly, furiously, as though the storm were already there and she were racing the wind of it."
- Edward Eager, The Time Garden

9. "and a hundred savage painted Indians ran howling down upon the inn yard."
- Edward Eager, The Time Garden

10. "The best kind of book," said Barnaby, "is a magic book." "Naturally," said John."
- Edward Eager, Seven-Day Magic