25 Best 'The Secret Garden' Quotes By Frances Hodgson Burnett

Srija Chanda
Jan 29, 2024 By Srija Chanda
Originally Published on Feb 27, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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Frances Hodgson Burnett is the author of the book, published in 1911.

The book is one of the best classics for anyone over seven years of age. The story gained recognition and was adapted into a movie in 1993 and 2020.

The story's moral focuses on the idea of 'healing' and how no one can be nurtured if they are ignored. Mary and Colin are both children who have been ignored, the reader can thus see the difference in these characters as they start exploring the world outside and care for something apart from themselves. The concept of magic is a reality check as a life force. First, nature helps the flowers to work out of the Earth and the second most important magical thing is the will and positivity that enable Colin to stand and leave everyone, including Mary's uncle, spellbound. This quote from the book tells what kind of flowers bloomed in the garden, "Iris and white lilies rose out of the grass in sheaves, and the green alcoves filled themselves with amazing armies of the blue and white flower lances of tall delphiniums or columbines or campanulas."

The list below includes more quotations, as well as character sayings like Colin Craven quotes, Mary Lennox quotes, Dickon Sowerby quotes and 'The Secret Garden' movie quotes too.

For more check out ['The Little Princess' quotes] and 'Alice In Wonderland' quotes.

Magical Quotes From 'The Secret Garden'

Covered with moss rocks and tree at fairytale-like magical forest

One of the most popular books on any child's bookshelf, enjoy these 'The Secret Garden' quotes below.

1. "The Secret Garden was what Mary called it. She liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out in some fairy place."

- Narrator, Chapter 10.

2. "It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth."

- Mary, Chapter 13.

3. "He says I’m making him forget about being ill and dying."

- Mary, Chapter 15.

4. "I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something were pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing."

- Narrator, Chapter 23.

5. "There must be lots of Magic in the world, but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen."

- Colin, Chapter 23.

6. "Never thee stop believin’ in th’ Big Good Thing an’ knowin’ th’ world’s full of it—an’ call it what tha’ likes. Tha’ wert singin’ to it when I come into th’ garden."

- Susan Sowerby, Chapter 26.

7. "One of the new things people began to find out, just mere thoughts are as powerful as electric batteries, as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison."

- Narrator, Chapter 27.

8. "It was the garden that did it—and Mary and Dickon and the creatures—and the Magic. No one knows. We kept it to tell you when you came. I’m well, I can beat Mary in a race. I’m going to be an athlete."

- Colin, Chapter 27.

Author Frances Hodgson Burnett Book Quotes

Quotations below about the fairy place in reel life from the Frances Hodgson Burnett book that has now become the most read classic.

9. "One of the strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever."

- Narrator, Chapter 21.

10. "One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn time and goes out and stands out and throws one's head far back and looks up, watches the pale sky slowly changing, and marvelous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry out every morning for thousands of years."

- Narrator, Chapter 21.

11. "Leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels... So it must be all around us."

- Orator, Chapter 23.

12. "To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live."

- Narrator, Chapter 27.

13. "Two things cannot be in one place. 'Where you tend a rose, my lad, A thistle cannot grow'."

- Narrator, Chapter 27.

14. "If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden."

- Narrator, Chapter 27.

Most Popular 'The Secret Garden' Book Quotes

Authors like to have some qualities that make their book a hit. Here are some of the famous quotations from Frances Hodgson Burnett, 'The Secret Garden'.

15. "So long as I know what’s expected of me, I can manage."

- Mrs. Medlock, Chapter Three.

16. "People never like me and I never like people."

- Mary, Chapter Four.

17. "The big closed house and big bare moor and big bare gardens had made this one feel as if there was no one left in the world but herself."

- Narrator, Chapter Five.

18. "Mistress Mary always felt that however many years she lived she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow."

- Narrator, Chapter 11.

19. "They may drag me in but they can’t make me talk when they get me here."

- Mary, Chapter 16.

20. "Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way—or always to have it."

- Martha, Chapter 18.

21. "And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles."

- Narrator, Chapter 25.

22. "At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done."

- Narrator, Chapter 27.

23. "Much more surprising things can happen to anyone who, when a disagreeable thought comes into his mind push it out by putting in an agreeable determinedly courageous one."

- Narrator, Chapter 27.

24. "There’s been things goin’ on outside as you house people knows nowt about. An’ what tha’ll find out tha’ll find out soon."

- Ben Weatherstaff, Chapter 27.

25. "Take me into the garden, my boy, and tell me all about it."

- Mr. Craven, Chapter 27.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked all our suggestions for 'The Secret Garden' quotes then why not take a look at 'Charlottes Web' quotes, or 'Anne Of Green Gables' quotes.

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Written by Srija Chanda

Master of Arts specializing in Mass Communication/Media Studies

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Srija ChandaMaster of Arts specializing in Mass Communication/Media Studies

An aspiring media professional, Srija is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication at St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, after completing her degree in journalism. With experience in PR and social media, she has also honed her leadership skills through her participation in a youth parliament. Srija's interests include devouring books, watching movies, and exploring new places through travel.

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