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    For me there are no answers, only questions, and I am grateful that the questions go on and on. I don't look for an answer, because I don't think there is one. I'm very glad to be the bearer of a question.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: questions 
     
    I think that Mary Poppins needs a subtle reader, in many respects, to grasp all its implications, and I understand that these cannot be translated in terms of the film.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: respect  film 
     
    It may be that to eat and be eaten are the same thing in the end. My wisdom tells me that this is probably so. We are all made of the same stuff, remember, we of the Jungle, you of the City. The same substance composes us-the tree overhead, the stone beneath us, the bird, the beast, the star-we are all one, all moving to the same end. Remember that when you no longer remember me, my child.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: children  child  wisdom 
     
    There are worlds beyond worlds and times beyond times, all of them true, all of them real, and all of them (as children know) penetrating each other.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: children  time  world  true  child  real 
     
    You do not chop off a section of your imaginative substance and make a book specifically for children, for, if you are honest, you have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is all endless and all one.
    — P. L. Travers
    Tea is balm for the soul, don't you agree?
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: soul 
     
    If you want to find Cherry-Tree Lane all you have to do is ask the Policeman at the cross-roads.
    — P. L. Travers
    Trouble trouble and it will trouble you.
    — P. L. Travers
    What I want to know is this: Are the stars gold paper or is the gold paper stars?
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: star 
     
    I don't think that children, if left to themselves, feel that there is an author behind a book, a somebody who wrote it. Grown-ups have fostered this quotient of identity, particularly teachers. Write a letter to your favorite author and so forth. When I was a child I never realized that there were authors behind books. Books were there as living things, with identities of their own.
    — P. L. Travers
    When I was a child, love to me was what the sea is to a fish: something you swim in while you are going about the important affairs of life.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: children  child 
     
    Once we have accepted the story we cannot escape the story's fate.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: fate  stories 
     
    The Irish, as a race, have the oral tradition in their blood. A direct question to them is an anathema, but in other cases, a mere syllable of a hero's name will elicit whole chapters of stories.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: questions  blood  stories  race 
     
    Child and serpent, star and stone - all one.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: children  star  child 
     
    Perhaps we are born knowing the tales of our grandmothers and all their ancestral kin continually run in our blood repeating them endlessly, and the shock they give us when we first bear them is not of surprise but of recognition.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: knowing  blood 
     
    Could it be ... that the hero is one who is willing to set out, take the first step, shoulder something? Perhaps the hero is one who puts his foot upon a path not knowing what he may expect from life but in some way feeling in his bones that life expects something of him.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: knowing  hero  path 
     
    I hate being good. -Mary Poppins
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: hate 
     
    More and more I've become convinced that the great treasure to possess is the unknown.
    — P. L. Travers
    Children's books are looked on as a sideline of literature. A special smile. They are usually thought to be associated with women. I was determined not to have this label of sentimentality put on me so I signed by my intials, hoping people wouldn't bother to wonder if the books were written by a man, woman or kangaroo.
    — P. L. Travers
    A writer is, after all, only half his book. The other half is the reader and from the reader the writer learns.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: learn  book 
     
    With the word creative we stand under a mystery. And from time to time that mystery, as if it were a sun, sends down upon one head or another, a sudden shaft of light - by grace, one feels, rather than deserving, for it always is something given, free, unsought, unexpected.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: time  mystery  grace  creative 
     
    Don't you know that everybody's got a Fairyland of their own?
    — P. L. Travers
    I was brought up Irish, where there was room for my own private world.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: world 
     
    I think the idea of Mary Poppins has been blowing in and out of me, like a curtain at a window, all my life.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: ideas 
     
    You can ask me anything you like about my work, but I'll never talk about myself.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: work 
     
    I've felt that if I just used initials nobody would know whether I was a man or a woman, a dog or a tiger. I could hide from view, like a bat on the underside of a branch.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: men  women  dog 
     
    Stories are like birds flying, here and gone in a moment.
    — P. L. Travers
    tags: moment  gone  stories 
     
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