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100+ Enid Blyton Quotes that Remind us of the Sweet Memories of Childhood

I identify myself as a quodophile and linguaphile, a lover of quotes and all things language. My eagerness to learn new things has helped me become fluent in several languages and still crave more knowledge. My passion for words, literature, and wisdom is evident in my writing, where I constantly explore the beauty and power of quotes as well as the meaning and context behind them. With India being my home, I am constantly seeking inspiration from its diverse cultures and languages. But my journey goes beyond the borders of the country, in which I explore global cultures and languages to create a connection between the readers and the messages of the quotes I collect. I believe words have the power to change perspectives, evoke emotions, and guide people. In my free time, I can be found scouring books, articles, and social media for new quotes to add to my collection. I am forever on the lookout for new wisdom to share with the world.

Enid Blyton quotes have inspired generations of children to embrace adventure and curiosity. Blyton, a British children’s author, is best known for her series of adventure books, including The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Here are some of the best Enid Blyton quotes that’ll transport you to your childhood!

If you can’t look after something in your care, you have no right to keep it.
I like Moonface because his face is round like the moon, and he bakes google buns, pop biscuits, and toffee shocks.
I like Saucepan Man because he listens to stuff wrong, and, in the Land of Presents, he gave Dame Washalot a lion instead of an iron.
You can’t help being an only child. They’re always a bit odd.

83 Famous Enid Blyton Quotes to Remember her by

  • The best way to treat obstacles is to use them as stepping stones. Laugh at them, tread on them, and let them lead you to something better.
  • If you can’t look after something in your care, you have no right to keep it.
  • You’re trying to escape from your difficulties, and there never is any escape from difficulties, never. They have to be faced and fought.
  • I think people make their own faces, as they grow.
  • I don’t believe in things like that – fairies or brownies or magic or anything. It’s old-fashioned.’
  • Well, we must be jolly old-fashioned then,’ said Bessie. ‘Because we not only believe in the Faraway Tree and love our funny friends there, but we go to see them too – and we visit the lands at the top of the Tree as well!
  • I wonder where you got that idea from? I mean, the idea that it’s feeble to change your mind once it’s made up. That’s a wrong idea, you know. Make up your mind about things, by all means – but if something happens to show that you are wrong, then it is feeble not to change your mind, Elizabeth. Only the strongest people have the pluck to change their minds, and say so, if they see they have been wrong in their ideas.
  • Hatred is so much easier to win than love – and so much harder to get rid of.
  • I do love the beginning of the summer hols,’ said Julian. They always seem to stretch out ahead for ages and ages.’
  • They go so nice and slowly at first,’ said Anne, his little sister. ‘Then they start to gallop.
  • Remorse is a terrible thing to bear, Pam, one of the worst of all punishments in this life. To wish undone something you have done, to wish you could look back on kindness to someone you love, instead of on unkindness – that is a very terrible thing.
  • The point is not that I don’t recognise bad people when I see them — I grant you I may quite well be taken in by them — the point is that I know a good person when I see one.
  • ‘I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors,’ said George.
  • Well, you know what grown-ups are,’ said Dinah. ‘They don’t think the same way as we do. I expect when we grow up, we shall think like them – but let’s hope we remember what it was like to think in the way children do, and understand the boys and the girls that are growing up when we’re men and women.
  • When you’re paid to do a job, it’s better to give a few minutes more to it, than a few minutes less. That’s one of the differences between doing a job honestly and doing it dishonestly! See?
  • A clown needn’t be the same out of the ring as he has to be when he’s in it. If you look at photographs of clowns when they’re just being ordinary men, they’ve got quite sad faces.
  • It wasn’t a bit of good fighting grown-ups. They could do exactly as they liked.
  • Mothers were much too sharp. They were like dogs. Buster always sensed when anything was out of the ordinary, and so did mothers. Mothers and dogs both had a kind of second sight that made them see into people’s minds and know when anything unusual was going on.
  • They lay on their heathery beds and listened to all the sounds of the night. They heard the little grunt of a hedgehog going by. They saw the flicker of bats overhead. They smelt the drifting scent of honeysuckle, and the delicious smell of wild thyme crushed under their bodies. A reed-warbler sang a beautiful little song in the reeds below, and then another answered.
  • The little island seemed to float on the dark lake-waters. Trees grew on it, and a little hill rose in the middle of it. It was a mysterious island, lonely and beautiful. All the children stood and gazed at it, loving it and longing to go to it. It looked so secret – almost magic. Well, said Jack at last. What do you think? Shall we run away, and live on the secret island? Yes! whispered all the children.
  • Here Mr. Potts, come here you little idiot! Well, come back and have tea with us, said Moon-Face. Silky’s got some Pop Biscuits -and I’ve made some Google Buns. I don’t often make them-and I tell you they’re a treat!
  • The secret island had looked mysterious enough on the night they had seen it before – but now, swimming in the hot June haze, it seemed more enchanting than ever. As they drew near to it, and saw the willow trees that bent over the water-edge and heard the sharp call of moorhens that scuttled off, the children gazed in delight. Nothing but trees and birds and little wild animals. Oh, what a secret island, all for their very own, to live on and play on.
  • There’s a rainbow around every corner is a well known saying and is supposed to make negative people positive.
  • You simply never know about people,’ thought Elizabeth. ‘You think because they’re timid they’ll always be timid, or because they’re mean they’ll always be mean. But they can change awfully quickly if they are treated right.
  • Nothing like having a bucket of cold water flung over you to make you see things as they really are!
  • Oh, I wish I lived in a caravan!’ said Jimmy longingly. ‘How lovely it must be to live in a house that has wheels and can go away down the lanes and through the towns, and stand still in fields at night!
  • You think if someone does a brave deed quite suddenly, then he or she could never do a mean one? You are wrong. We all have good and bad in us, and we have to strive all the time to make the good cancel out the bad. We can never be perfect – we all of us do mean or wrong things at times – but we can at least make amends by trying to cancel out the wrong by doing something worthy later on.
  • It was such a lovely day too, and the sky and sea were so blue. They sat eating and drinking, gazing out to sea, watching the waves break into spray over the rocks beyond the old wreck.
  • I’m good at exploring roofs. You never know when that kind of thing comes in useful.
  • The moon was coming slowly up over the hill in front of them. The countryside was bathed in light, pale and cold and silvery. Everything could be seen quite plainly, and Lotta and Jimmy thought it was just like daytime with the colours missing.
  • I believe anyone could light a cigarette from the sparks that fly from your eyes!
  • Writing for children is an art in itself, and a most interesting one.
  • Mr. Galliano wore his big top-hat very much on one side of his head, so much so that Jimmy really wondered why it didn’t fall off.
  • ‘When Galliano wears his hat on one side the circus is taking lots of money,’ said Lotta to him. ‘But when you see him wearing it straight up, then you know things are going badly. He gets into a bad temper then, and I hide under the caravan when I see him coming. I’ve never seen his hat so much on one side before!’
  • Jimmy thought that circus ways were very extraordinary. Even hats seemed to share in the excitement!
  • You may be a failure at the moment – but you’re a very fine failure, Darrell! You’re a lot better than some people who think they’re a success.
  • It was funny that she should have said that, for Julian chose that moment to begin baaing like a flock of sheep. His one long, bleating baa-baa-aa-aa was taken up by the echoes at once, and it seemed suddenly as if hundreds of poor lost sheep were baa-ing their way down the dungeons! Mr. Stick jumped to his feet, as white as a sheet. Well, if it isn’t sheep now! he said. What’s up? What’s in these ere dungeons? I never did like them. Baa-aa-AAAAAAAAAAP went the mournful bleats all round and about. 
  • The train whistled, and chuffed out of the station. The children pressed their noses to the window and watched the dirty houses and the tall chimneys race by. How they hated the town! How lovely it would be to be in the clean country, with flowers growing everywhere, and birds singing in the hedges! 
  • Well you needn’t have any ‘feelings’ about mountains, said Philip. Mountains are all the same – just tops, middles and bottoms, sometimes with sheep on and sometimes without.
  • I don’t feel at all brave,’ thought Jack, ‘but I suppose a person is really bravest when he does something although he is frightened. So here goes!
  • Adventures always come to the adventurous, there’s no doubt about that!
  • Jimmy held on to the reins for dear life, and thought that a horse was about the most slippery creature to sit on that he had ever met. He slithered first one way and then another, and at last he slid off altogether and landed with a bump on the ground.
  • Sticky Stanley and Lotta held on to one another and laughed till the tears ran down their faces. They thought it was the funniest sight in the world to see poor Jimmy slipping about on the solemn, cantering horse.
  • It is. It’s got the most gorgeous view over the sea, too,’ said Alicia. ‘It’s built on the cliff, you know. It’s lucky you’re in North Tower – that’s got the best view of all!
  • I don’t mind taking orders from them as has the right to give them, she said, but take orders from that ridiculous bird I will not.
  • Never take the easy way out if it means being dishonest or untruthful.
  • You can’t possibly do anything if you think you can’t. But you can do impossible things sometimes if you think you can.
  • Today it was Felicity who crept up behind, gave Jo an enormous shove, and landed her in the pool with a colossal splash! Jo came up, gasping and spluttering, furiously angry. 
  • When she had got the water out of her mouth, she turned on the laughing Felicity. ‘You beast! That’s the second time you’ve done that.
  • There, there, baby!’ said Julian, patting his little sister on the back and laughing at her furious face.
  • I never have bruises like that. I suppose it’s being fat that makes them spread so. Won’t you look lovely when you go yellow-green? That’s one thing about me, said Fatty, I’m a wonderful bruiser. Once, when I ran into the goal-post at football, I got a bruise just here that was exactly the shape of a church-bell. It was most peculiar.
  • Get the collection of blankets and rugs from the boat. They arranged them in the corners of the little room, and thought that it would be very exciting to spend the night there. ‘The two girls can sleep together on this pile of rugs,’ said Julian. ‘And we two boys will have this pile.’ George looked as if she didn’t want to be put with Anne, and classed as a girl. But Anne didn’t.
  • Don’t you dare to squeeze that sponge over me,’ she began angrily. ‘This beastly getting up early! Why, at home . . .’ ‘Why, at home, We don’t get up till eight o’clock,’ chanted some of the girls, and laughed. They knew Gwendoline Mary’s complaints by heart now.
  • You can’t help being an only child. They’re always a bit odd.
  • I just want a sunny, lazy, windy time with the people I like best.
  • Well, go back and do a bit of howling yourself,’ suggested George. ‘It may frighten the howler as much as his howling scared you.’ ‘Not a chance,’ said Julian promptly. ‘I’m not going in for any howling matches.’ He burrowed down under the rug for his binoculars and slung them round his neck.  At last they were near enough to see properly. 
  • There was such a lot of whispering that it sounded like a thousand leaves rustling at once!
  • Let’s enjoy our misery before we say it’s fun.
  • I’m on the side of law & order & right – & to my mind they’re worth while running any risk for. Evil is strong & powerful, but I’m strong & powerful too, & it’s good to try one’s strength against bad men & their ways.
  • I put it in my hat to remember to post it,’ she explained, ‘but I forgot, so it came with me today still in my hat.
  • There’s a stone with an iron ring in it here!’ yelled Anne, excitedly. They all rushed over to her. Julian dug about with his spade and uncovered the whole stone. Sure enough, it did have a ring in it – and rings are only set into stones that need to be moved! Surely this stone must be the one that covered the dungeon entrance! All the children took turns at pulling on the iron ring, but the stone did not move. Then Julian tied two or three turns of rope through it and the four children put out their full strength and pulled for all they were worth. The stone moved. The children distinctly felt it stir. ‘All together again!
  • I’ve got such a lovely feeling, said Lucy-Ann, looking the picture of happiness. You know – that feeling you get at the very beginning of a lovely holiday – when all the days spread out before you, sunny & lazy & sort of enchanted.
  • You’ll end up by being a poet if you don’t look out, said Philip, from the wheel.
  • Well, if a poet feels like I feel just exactly at this moment, I wouldn’t mind being one for the rest of my life, even if it meant having to write poetry, said Lucy-Ann.
  • ‘Now, quick, let’s go!’ he cried. ‘Sorry about tying you up, Oom-Boom-Boom, but you’re not going to have Silky. Run everyone!’ They ran up the winding passage and came out on the hillside. And oh, thank goodness, there was the rabbit waiting in his car! What a wonderful sight! Joe got to the car first.
  • Well – fortune favours the bold!
  • Don’t be an old dirty leaf, be a neat new leaf if you are an old dirty leaf you can’t feed the plant and the plant will throw you from it if you are a neat new leaf you can feed the plant and the plant will keep you with it. The old dirty leaf means bad habits. The neat new leaf means good habits. The plant means every one around you.
  • The sun has drowned itself in the sea, said Lucy-Ann at last, as it disappeared.
  • The third formers drank all this in avidly, casting sidelong glances at Esme to see how she was taking this.
  • You don’t know what you’re talking about,’ said George, scornfully. ‘Come on, you others!
  • I’ll go to the station on Saturday morning, and watch for someone to describe perfectly. I won’t miss a thing – not even the colour of his tie! I’ll just show the others how good I am at noticing every single thing about somebody I see just for a minute.’ Peter was thinking about what he and Jack could do too, as he lay in.
  • Cowardice is just thinking of your own miserable skin instead of somebody else’s.
  • It sounded like a muffled clanking.
  • She must be pretending she’s with Thunder! thought Darrell. She’s in the stables with him. She’s not here at all.
  • Freddie gave a laugh, and said, ‘Who do you suspect, June? Mam’zelle Dupont perhaps?
  • Rude little man!’ ‘We’d better not look in at any windows we pass,’ said Joe. ‘But I was so surprised to see a window in the tree!’ Beth soon got dry. They climbed up again, and soon had another surprise. 
  • You’re wunnerful when you scowl like that,’ she said. ‘Shut up,’ said Bill, and turned away. She was puzzled by Zerelda and her grown-up ways – and even more puzzled by her good humour. 
  • I do not count as our successes those who have won scholarships and passed exams, though these are good things to do. I count as our successes those who learn to be good-hearted and kind, sensible and trustable, good, sound women the world can lean on. Our failures are those who do not learn these things in the years they are here.
  • Did anyone get a paper in the village?’ asked Dick. ‘Oh, you did, Julian. Good. Let’s have a look at the weather forecast. If it’s good we might go for a long walk this afternoon. The sea is not really very far off.’ Julian took the folded paper from his pocket and threw it over to Dick. He sat down on the steps of the caravan and opened it. He was looking for the paragraph giving the weather forecast when headlines caught his eye. He gave an exclamation. ‘Hallo! Here’s a bit more about those two vanished scientists, Julian!’ ‘Oh!’ said George, remembering Julian’s splashing. 
  • Jack always had wonderful plans, though not many of them came to anything.
  • I simply can’t imagine how I hated him so much,’ thought Elizabeth. 
  • How queer old customs are, with their histories reaching so far back into the past, said Susan. Our life isn’t all in the present, is it, Santa Claus? It is made up of thousands of bits of the past, old things that happened, old names, old habits. The past and the present and the future all belong to one another.
  • The red caravan, picked out with black and yellow, is ours,’ said Dick. ‘The blue one, picked out in black and yellow, is yours and Anne’s.’ ‘Woof,’ said Timmy at once. ‘Oh, sorry – yours too, Timmy,’ said Dick at once, and everyone chuckled.

Enid Blyton Food Quotes

Enid Blyton was famous for the way she described simple, everyday staples in her writings. Here are a few examples of Enid Blyton food quotes that capture the scrumptiousness of the Famous Five’s austere diet:

  • It was a most beautiful evening, with the lake as blue as a cornflower and the sky flecked with rosy clouds. They held their hard-boiled eggs in one hand and a piece of bread and butter in the other, munching happily. There was a dish of salt for everyone to dip their eggs into.
  • Put them in the egg cups, Dick. There they are – just under your nose.’ Dick picked an egg up from the plate on which Anne had placed them. It was so hot that he dropped it with a yell, and it broke its shell. Yolk flowed out of it. ‘DICK! You saw me take it out of boiling water!’ said Anne. ‘Now I’ve got to do another. It’s a pity old Timmy isn’t here. He’d soon have licked that broken egg up from the floor and saved me clearing up the mess.’
  • ‘We’ll eat our breakfast sitting on the steps of your caravan, Anne,’ said Julian. ‘The sun’s so lovely.’ So they all sat there, eating boiled eggs, well-buttered bread with chunky, homemade marmalade afterward, and then juicy apples. The sun shone.
  • I like Moonface because his face is round like the moon, and he bakes google buns, pop biscuits, and toffee shocks.

The Magic Faraway Tree Enid Blyton Quotes

Here are some beautiful quotes from The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton:

  • I like Saucepan Man because he listens to stuff wrong, and, in the Land of Presents, he gave Dame Washalot a lion instead of an iron.
  • Their cousin, Dick, is greedy, and, in the Land of Goodies, he ate a barley sugar door knocker and got himself into trouble.
  • I like the Land of Toys, but Saucepan Man was put in jail because he was confused about which land he was in and stole some sweets from a lolly shop. The boys pretended to be toy soldiers and rescued Saucepan Man.
  • I like the Land of Magic Medicine because the children’s mother was sick, and they got a bottle of Get-Well Medicine to make her better.
  • I like the Land of Do-As-You-Please because I like trains and the children rode on a train, and one of the boys was the driver, but he forgot to stop at the stations.
  • The people from the Land of Tempers were horrible and took over Moon-Face and Silky’s homes in the Faraway Tree. Watzisname and the children rescued Moon-Face, Silky, and Saucepan Man and helped them send the mean people back to the Land of Tempers.

Famous Five Enid Blyton Quotes

Check out these quotes from Enid Blyton’s best-selling series, the Famous Five:

  • You can’t help being an only child. They’re always a bit odd.
  • Penny for your thoughts!’ he said. ‘They’re not worth a penny,’ said George.
  • There’s a stone with an iron ring in it here!’ yelled Anne, excitedly. They all rushed over to her. Julian dug about with his spade and uncovered the whole stone. Sure enough, it did have a ring in it – and rings are only set into stones that need to be moved! Surely this stone must be the one that covered the dungeon entrance! All the children took turns at pulling on the iron ring, but the stone did not move. Then Julian tied two or three turns of rope through it and the four children put out their full strength and pulled for all they were worth. The stone moved. The children distinctly felt it stir. ‘All together again!
  • ‘My friend,’ said Dick. ‘Don’t be silly.’ ‘I’m not silly.
  • You don’t know what you’re talking about,’ said George, scornfully. ‘Come on, you others!
  • Let’s explore the island.
  • I don’t tell untruths. I think it’s being a coward if you don’t tell the truth – and I’m not a coward.
  • Sharing pleasures doubles their joy.
  • Tim didn’t seem to like the storm either. He sat close by George, his ears cocked, and growled whenever the thunder rumbled. The children fed him with titbits, and he ate them eagerly, for he was hungry too.

The Secret Seven Enid Blyton Quotes

Check these famous quotes from The Secret Seven, another bestseller by Enid Blyton:

  • The next day another Secret Seven meeting was held, but this time it was at Colin’s, in his little summer house. 
  • It wasn’t such a good place as Peter’s shed, because it had an open doorway with no door, and they were not allowed to have an oil stove in it. However, Colin’s mother had asked all the Secret Seven to tea, so it was clear they would have to have their next meeting at his house. 
  • The little summer house was the only place where they could talk in secret.
  • Well, I’m going to try and copy the pattern,’ said Janet firmly. ‘I’d like to have something to show the boys!’ So, very carefully, she drew the pattern in her notebook. 
  • It was a funny pattern, with lines and circles and V-shaped marks. It didn’t really look very good when she had done it. 
  • She had measured the print as best she could. She had no tape measure with her, so she had placed a sheet from her notebook over the track, and had marked on it the exact size. 
  • She felt rather pleased with herself, but she did wish she had drawn the pattern better. Barbara laughed when she saw it. ‘Goodness! What a mess!’ she said. Janet looked cross and shut her notebook up.

Malory Towers Enid Blyton Quotes

Here are a few quotes from Malory Towers, another popular children’s series by Enid Blyton:

  • Be as good as gold.
  • Alicia, her eyes shining.
  • Her trunk was packed full. On the side was painted in big black letters DARRELL RIVERS. On the labels were the letters MT for Malory Towers. Darrell had only to carry her tennis racket in its press, and her small bag which her mother had.

St. Clare’s Enid Blyton Quotes

Here are some quotes from Enid Blyton’s St. Claire’s series:

  • It is you who will insist that she does her duty by her.
  • Those first-form kids! said Tessie in disgust. Honestly, they ought to be in a kindergarten, the way they behave!
  • You are honest enough by nature to be able to see and judge your own self clearly – and that is a great thing. Never lose that honesty, Bobby – always be honest with yourself, know your own motives for what they are, good or bad, make your own decisions firmly and justly – and you will be a fine, strong character of some real use in this muddled world of ours!

FAQ

Who Is Enid Blyton?

Enid Blyton was a British children’s author who wrote over 700 books in her career. She is best known for her series of children’s books, including The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, and Noddy.

When Is Enid Blyton’s Birthday?

Enid Blyton was born on August 11, 1897.

How Old Was Enid Blyton When She Died?

Enid Blyton died on November 28, 1968, at the age of 71.

What Is Enid Blyton Famous For?

Enid Blyton is famous for her children’s books, which have been translated into 90 languages and have sold over 600 million copies worldwide. She is particularly well-known for her adventure series, The Famous Five.

What Is Enid Blyton’s Best-Selling Book?

Enid Blyton’s best-selling book is The Famous Five series, which has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide.

What Age Is Appropriate for Enid Blyton’s Books?

Enid Blyton’s books are generally considered suitable for children aged 7-12. However, some of her books may be more suitable for older children depending on the content and themes.

Was Enid Blyton a Good Author?

Enid Blyton’s books have been popular with children and parents for over 70 years, and she is considered a classic, successful children’s author. Ultimately, whether or not Enid Blyton is considered a ‘good’ author is a matter of personal opinion.

I identify myself as a quodophile and linguaphile, a lover of quotes and all things language. My eagerness to learn new things has helped me become fluent in several languages and still crave more knowledge. My passion for words, literature, and wisdom is evident in my writing, where I constantly explore the beauty and power of quotes as well as the meaning and context behind them. With India being my home, I am constantly seeking inspiration from its diverse cultures and languages. But my journey goes beyond the borders of the country, in which I explore global cultures and languages to create a connection between the readers and the messages of the quotes I collect. I believe words have the power to change perspectives, evoke emotions, and guide people. In my free time, I can be found scouring books, articles, and social media for new quotes to add to my collection. I am forever on the lookout for new wisdom to share with the world.

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