63 Frances Hodgson Burnett Quotes from British Novelist

Frances Hodgson Burnett was a famous playwright and author best known for her novel “Little Lord Fauntleroy.”

After facing financial struggles following her father’s death Frances began her writing career eventually finding success and regularly publishing in multiple magazines.

She married Dr. Swan Moses Burnett in 1873 although they later divorced in 1898.

Frances Hodgson Burnett Quotes

Over her career she wrote several novels plays and a memoir all highlighting her talent for combining realistic detail with romantic elements.

Notably “Little Lord Fauntleroy” was a significant success appealing to mothers and selling over half a million copies.

She also won a lawsuit over its dramatic rights contributing to British copyright law. Other popular works include “The Secret Garden” and “A Little Princess.”

Frances spent her later years in England and built a house in New York where she passed away in 1924.

Her legacy lives on with her son Vivian writing a biography of her in 1927.

I have compiled a list of the best quotes by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Best Frances Hodgson Burnett Quotes


So long as I know what’s expected of me, I can manage. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


I know you by heart. You are inside my heart. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


She made herself stronger by fighting with the wind. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


As long as you have a garden you have a future and as long as you have a future you are alive. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


It’s a lonely place. Sometimes it’s the loneliest place in the world. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

That is the Magic. Being alive is the Magic – being strong is the Magic. The Magic is in me – the Magic is in me. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

He’s been spoiled ’til salt won’t save him’. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


Give her books, and she would devour them and end by knowing them by heart. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Mistress Mary Quite Contrary. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off – and they are nearly always doing it. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Between the lines of every story there is another story, and that is one that is never heard and can only be guessed at by the people who are good at guessing. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


Perhaps, the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Famous Frances Hodgson Burnett Quotes

Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

As she came closer to him she noticed that there was a clean fresh scent of heather and grass and leaves about him, almost as if he were made of them. She liked it very much and when she looked into his funny face with the red cheeks and round blue eyes she forgot that she had felt shy. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


People never like me and I never like people. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart. And though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

But I suppose there might be good in things, even if we don’t see it. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

It’s so easy that when you begin you can’t stop. You just go on and on doing it always. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

It was a way of hers always to want to spring into any fray in which someone was made uncomfortable or unhappy. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


All women are princesses, it is our right. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

I am sure there is Magic in everything, only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Everything is made out of Magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden-in all the places. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

My mother always says people should be able to take care of themselves, even if they’re rich and important. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Top Frances Hodgson Burnett Quotes

She liked books more than anything else, and was, in fact, always inventing stories of beautiful things and telling them to herself. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Much more surprising things can happen to anyone who, when a disagreeable or discouraged thought comes into his mind, just has the sense to remember in time and push it out by putting in an agreeable, determinedly courageous one. Two things cannot be in one place. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


Do roses quite die when they are left to themselves? ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place any one could imagine. The high walls which shut it in were covered with the leafless stems of climbing roses which were so thick that they were matted together. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Where you tend a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

It made her think that it was curious how much nicer a person looked when he smiled. She had not thought of it before. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Somehow, something always happens just before things get to the very worst. It is as if Magic did it. If I could only just remember that always. The worse thing never quite comes. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

You either build up or you tear down. You either keep in the light where you can see, or you stand in the dark and fight everything that comes near you, because you can’t see and you think it’s an enemy. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world, but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Adversity tries people, and mine has tried you and proved how nice you are. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Popular Frances Hodgson Burnett Quotes

I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

When a man looks at the stars, he grows calm and forgets small things. They answer his questions and show him that his earth is only one of the million worlds. Hold your soul still and look upward often, and you will understand their speech. Never forget the stars. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Nothing in the world is so strong as a kind heart. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

She says it has nothing to do with what you look like, or what you have. It has only to do with what you think of and what you do. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Everything’s a story – You are a story – I am a story. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

She was a sweet, pretty thing and he’d have walked the world over to get her a blade o’ grass she wanted. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

She looked into the staring glass eyes and complacent face, and suddenly a sort of heartbroken rage seized her. She lifted her little savage hand and knocked Emily off the chair, bursting into a passion of sobbing- Sara who never cried. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

When new beautiful thoughts began to push out the old hideous ones, life began to come back to him, his blood ran healthily through his veins and strength poured into him. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

To speak robin to a robin is like speaking French to a Frenchman. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

If you fill your mind with a beautiful thought, there will be no room in it for an ugly one. – King Amor. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.


It’ll do thee good to wait on thysen a bit. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done – then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Great Frances Hodgson Burnett Quotes

The Magic in this garden has made me stand up and know I am going to live to be a man. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

“It’s true,” she said. Sometimes I do pretend I am a princess. I pretend I am a princess, so that I can try and behave like one. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Two things cannot be in one place. Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

You can lose a friend in springtime easier than any other season if you’re too curious. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

He had made himself believe that he was going to get well, which was really more than half the battle. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

There’s nothing so strong as rage, except what makes you hold it in – that’s stronger. It’s a good thing not to answer your enemies. I scarcely ever do. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

The mug from the washstand was used as Becky’s tea cup, and the tea was so delicious that it was not necessary to pretend that it was anything but tea. ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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