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Beverly Cleary Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Beverly Cleary.

I wanted to be a ballerina.
I changed my mind.
- Beverly Cleary

Writers are good at plucking out what they need here and there.
- Beverly Cleary

I grew up before there were strict leash laws.
- Beverly Cleary

I was a librarian.
- Beverly Cleary

 

I enjoy writing for third and fourth graders most of all.
- Beverly Cleary

I don't think children's inner feelings have changed.
They still want a mother and father in the very same house;
they want places to play.
- Beverly Cleary

I was an only child; I didn't have a sister,
or sisters.
- Beverly Cleary

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I read my books aloud before they were published.
- Beverly Cleary

Children want to do what grownups do.
- Beverly Cleary

What interests me is what children go through while growing up.
- Beverly Cleary

Children should learn that reading is pleasure,
not just something that teachers make you do in school.
- Beverly Cleary

Otis was inspired by a boy who sat across the aisle from me in sixth grade.
He was a lively person.
My best friend appears in assorted books in various disguises.
- Beverly Cleary

People are inclined to say that I am Ramona.
I'm not sure that's true, but I did share some experiences with her.
- Beverly Cleary

My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening.
She read mainly travel books.
- Beverly Cleary

People are usually surprised to hear this,
but I don't really read children's books.
- Beverly Cleary

I was a great reader of fairy tales.
I tried to read the entire fairy tale section of the library.
- Beverly Cleary

I feel sometimes that in children's books there are
more and more grim problems,
but I don't know that I want to burden third-
and fourth-graders with them.
- Beverly Cleary

One rainy Sunday when I was in the third grade,
I picked up a book to look at the pictures and discovered
that even though I did not want to,
I was reading.
I have been a reader ever since.
- Beverly Cleary

I don't necessarily start with the beginning of the book.
I just start with the part of the story that's most
vivid in my imagination and work forward and backward from there.
- Beverly Cleary

Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books
take place? and the only answer I can give is,
In childhood.
- Beverly Cleary

With twins, reading aloud to them was the only chance I could get to sit down.
I read them picture books until they were reading on their own.
- Beverly Cleary

I had a very wise mother.
She always kept books that were my grade level in our house.
- Beverly Cleary

I was a very observant child.
The boys in my books are based on boys in my neighborhood growing up.
- Beverly Cleary

We didn't have television in those days,
and many people didn't even have radios.
My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening.
- Beverly Cleary

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
- Mitch Hedberg

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I
should have been more specific.
- Lily Tomlin

I have often wanted to drown my troubles,
but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
- Anonymous

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.
- Mel Brooks

If God wanted us to bend over he'd put diamonds on the floor.
- Joan Rivers

I wanted to know the name of every stone
and flower and insect and bird and beast.
I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life -
but there was no one to tell me.
- George Washington Carver

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up.
I wish my grandmother had done the same.
I wanted my girls to know me.
- Carol Burnett

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever
wanted to leave our house.
- Anthony Anderson

There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic,
violent father.
He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.
- Dean Koontz

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things
no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving
America a new sense of purpose.
- Andy Rooney

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
- Charles Simic

I always imagined I could be what I wanted to be.
- Chris Brown

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner

This is a wonderful way to celebrate an 80th birthday...
I wanted to be 65 again, but they wouldn't let me -
Homeland Security.
- Art Buchwald

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

Some people wanted champagne and caviar
when they should have had beer and hot dogs.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

In my prayers I never said I needed a home.
I said I wanted a sanctuary.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

Today is the right day to do
what you have long wanted to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any
career move any of us wanted to make.
- James Gandolfini

I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with,
but you can't go back to them and be one of them again,
no matter how hard you try.
- Ethel Waters

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix,
but I could never quite pull it off.
- Bryan Ferry

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday,
so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
- Guy Johnson

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

Love cannot endure indifference.
It needs to be wanted.
Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart,
or its flame burns low.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I wanted to marry a girl just like my mom.
- Michael Bergin

Designers are very fickle.
I never wanted to be a victim of that.
You're in one minute, out the next.
- Tyra Banks

There are two things in life that I really wanted to do:
be an actress,
and to be in skin care, and I've gotten to do both of them.
- Victoria Principal

I wanted to be as comfortable in that environment as she was.
I moved around those areas in character.
- Debbie Reynolds

I volunteered for this life, wanted it and am not going
to bitch about it now that I've got it.
- Bernard Cornwell

All I ever wanted to be was happy.
- Goldie Hawn

I've always wanted to record a jazz record.
I did one in the '70s with Barbara Carroll.
It's been a journey.
- Rita Coolidge

It dawned on me that acting was what I wanted to do with my life.
Nothing had ever touched my heart like acting did.
- Hugh Jackman

We've been remarkably lucky in that we've been free
to make the movies we've wanted to make the way we've wanted to make them.
They've all been made for a price.
- Joel Coen


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