Howard Pyle

From Wikiquote
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Howard Pyle

Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853 – November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people.


Howard Pyle was a favorite author, and The Wonder Clock (1904) was the collection of stories they liked best.

Twilight Land (1895)

  • I found myself in Twilight Land.
    How I ever got there I cannot tell, but there I was in Twilight Land.
    What is Twilight Land? It is a wonderful, wonderful place where no sun shines to scorch your back as you jog along the way, where no rain falls to make the road muddy and hard to travel, where no wind blows the dust into your eyes or the chill into your marrow. Where all is sweet and quiet and ready to go to bed.
    Where is Twilight Land? Ah! that I cannot tell you. You will either have to ask your mother or find it for yourself.
The Stool of Fortune
  • Once upon a time there came a soldier marching along the road, kicking up a little cloud of dust at each step—as strapping and merry and bright-eyed a fellow as you would wish to see in a summer day. Tramp! tramp! tramp! he marched, whistling as he jogged along, though he carried a heavy musket over his shoulder and though the sun shone hot and strong and there was never a tree in sight to give him a bit of shelter.
The Talisman of Solomon
  • There was once upon a time a man whom other men called Aben Hassen the Wise. He had read a thousand books of magic, and knew all that the ancients or moderns had to tell of the hidden arts.
  • “Rest content,” said the Talisman of Solomon, “with knowing that which concerns thine own self, and seek not to find an answer that will be to thine own undoing. Be thou also further advised: do not question the Demon Zadok.”
Ill-Luck and the Fiddler
  • “You look as hale and strong as ever,” says St. Nicholas.
    “Ah, yes,” says Ill-Luck, “I find plenty to do in this world of woe.”
Empty Bottles
  • In the old, old days when men were wiser than they are in these times, there lived a great philosopher and magician, by name Nicholas Flamel. Not only did he know all the actual sciences, but the black arts as well, and magic, and what not.
Good Gifts and a Fool’s Folly
  • Give a fool heaven and earth, and all the stars, and he will make ducks and drakes of them.
Woman’s Wit
  • When man’s strength fails, woman’s wit prevails.
Not a Pin to Choose
  • "My son," said he, "if every one in your case should shed tears as abundantly as you have done, the world would have been drowned in salt water by this time.
    As for your friend, think not ill of him; no man loveth another who is always giving."

Quotes about Howard Pyle

  • Spanish story hours were held outside the libraries wherever they were requested...Howard Pyle was a favorite author, and The Wonder Clock (1904) was the collection of stories they liked best.
    • Pura Belpré "Library Work With Bilingual Children" in The Stories I Read to the Children: The Life and Writing of Pura Belpré by Lisa Sánchez González (2013)