The Phantom Tollbooth

Fletcher and I just finished reading The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster – a book I remember reading as a child and one which I loved reading again with my sweet boy. It is chock full of silly twists of language and surprisingly intelligent puns with a few bits of sage advice thrown in for good measure. These three quotes below are among my favorites, spoken by the Princesses of Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason. In Fletcher’s words “Wow – they sure are wise!”

“You must never feel badly about making mistakes,” explained Reason quietly, “as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.”

“But I could never have done it,” he objected “without everyone else’s help.”

“That may be true,” said Reason gravely, “but you had the courage to try; and what you can do is often simply a matter of what you will do.”

“And remember, also,” added the Princess of Sweet Rhyme, “that many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach. But someday you’ll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.”


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