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    I write for children because I am interested in fantasy and the possibilities for experience of all kinds before the time of compromise. I believe that children are far more perceptive and wise than American books give them credit for being.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    I grew up wanting only to be an illustrator. I studied art at Laurel School in Cleveland and at Smith College.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: school  college 
     
    My mother was an artist, and I was fairly good at art as a child. I was always the best drawer in class, except in second grade when an artistic genius passed through our school!
    — Natalie Babbitt
    I have always loved astronomy, and being an astronomer once lurked in the back of my mind. But I was never good at algebra. In fact, I flunked it twice in high school.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: facts  school  mind 
     
    I had a wonderful mother who wanted my sister and me to have everything, even though money was a very prominent thing we didn't have. But we had a very happy childhood - pretty much ideal, in fact.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: facts  money  mother  childhood 
     
    We human beings do a lot of dumb things, and war is certainly the dumbest.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: human  war 
     
    The first two books that I did by myself were long stories in verse. I knew I could do that because I'd written a lot in verse. But, verse stories are hard to sell, so my editor encouraged me to try writing in prose.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: writing  stories  book  sell 
     
    I never wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be a book illustrator. I used to hurry home from school and draw.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: school  book 
     
    Living's heavy work, but off to one side, the way we are, it's useless, too. It don't make sense. If I knowed how to climb back on the wheel, I'd do it in a minute. You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: work  living  dying 
     
    Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    But dying's part of the wheel, right there next to being born. You can't pick out the pieces you like and leave the rest. Being part of the whole thing, that's the blessing.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: blessing  dying  right 
     
    Facts are the barren branches on which we hang the dear, obscuring foliage of our dreams.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: facts  dreams 
     
    my mother always found me out. Always. She's been dead for thirty-five years, but I have this feeling that even now she's watching.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: mother  year 
     
    I was born and raised in Ohio. During my childhood, I spent most of my time drawing and reading fairy tales and myths.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: time  reading  childhood 
     
    I have a wonderful husband, and we have had a great life.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    People got to do something useful if they're going to take up space in the world.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: people  world  space 
     
    Right after graduation, I married Samuel Fisher Babbitt, an academic administrator. I spent the next ten years in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C., raising our children, Christopher, Tom, and Lucy.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: children  right  child  year 
     
    You dont have to live forever just live.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: live  forever 
     
    Still-there's no use trying to figure why things fall the way they do. Things just are, and fussing don't bring changes.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    Don't fear death, fear the un-lived life
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: death  fear 
     
    It'd be nice to have a new name, to start with, one that's not all worn out from being called so much.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    Time is like a wheel. Turning and turning - never stopping. And the woods are the center; the hub of the wheel. It began the first week of summer, a strange and breathless time when accident, or fate, bring lives together. When people are led to do things, they've never done before. On this summer's day, not so very long ago, the wheel set lives in motion in mysterious ways.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: fate  time  people  live  summer 
     
    Nothing seems interesting when it belongs to you, only when it doesn't.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    Life's got to be lived, no matter how long or short. You got to take what comes.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    For some, time passes slowly. An hour can seem like an eternity. For others, there was never enough. For Jesse Tuck, it didn't exist.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: time  eternity 
     
    in reading ... stories, you can be many different people in many different places, doing things you would never have a chance to do in ordinary life. It's amazing that those twenty-six little marks of the alphabet can arrange themselves on the pages of a book and accomplish all that. Readers are lucky - they will never be bored or lonely.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: chance  people  reading  stories  book 
     
    The sea can swallow ships, and it can spit out whales like watermelon seeds. It will take what it wants, and it will keep what it has taken, and you may not take away from it what it does not wish to give.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: wishes 
     
    The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: summer  year 
     
    The only thing I would want to say is that storytelling is ancient; it's something that everybody does. Kids mustn't be in awe of it. Reading should be a joy - fun, fun, fun - not a responsibility, not something you do because society demands it, but something you do because it's a pleasure.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    Readers are lucky - they will never be bored or lonely.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.
    — Natalie Babbitt
    tags: live  forever  afraid 
     
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    natalie babbitt
    Birth    : July 28, 1932
    Death  : October 31, 2016
    Occupation  : Writer