Inspirational Betty Smith Quotes

Betty Smith (December 15, 1896 – January 17, 1972), was an American author. Below is a list of Inspirational Betty Smith Quotes.

Betty Smith Quotes
Betty Smith Quotes

Betty Smith Quotes

“The world was hers for the reading.”
― Betty Smith

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words.”
― Betty Smith

“I know that’s what people say– you’ll get over it. I’d say it, too. But I know it’s not true. Oh, youll be happy again, never fear. But you won’t forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him.”
― Betty Smith

“They learned no compassion from their own anguish. thus their suffering was wasted.”
― Betty Smith

“I hate all those flirty-birty games that women make up. Life’s too short. If you ever find a man you love, don’t waste time hanging your head and simpering. Go right up to him and say, ‘I love you. How about getting married?”
Betty Smith

“She had become accustomed to being lonely. She was used to walking alone and to being considered ‘different.’ She did not suffer too much.”
― Betty Smith

“If there was only one tree like that in the world, you would think it was beautiful. But because there are so many, you just can’t see how beautiful it really is.”
― Betty Smith quotes

“A lie was something you told because you were mean or a coward.”
― Betty Smith

“A story was something you made up out of something that might have happened. Only you didn’t tell it like it was, you told it like you thought it should have been.”
― Betty Smith

“Who wants to die? Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there out of that grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It’s growing out of sour earth. And it’s strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong. My children will be strong that way.”
― Betty Smith

“Dear God,” she prayed, “let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry…have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere – be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”
― Betty Smith

“There are very few bad people. There are just a lot of people that are unlucky.”
― Betty Smith

“It’s come at last”, she thought, “the time when you can no longer stand between your children and heartache.”
― Betty Smith

“In teaching your child, do not forget that suffering is good too. It makes a person rich in character.”
― Betty Smith

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.”
― Betty Smith quotes

“Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet its cost is nothing.”
― Betty Smith

“Sometimes I think it’s better to suffer bitter unhappiness and to fight and to scream out, and even to suffer that terrible pain, than to just be… safe. At least she knows she’s living.”
― Betty Smith

“And always, there was the magic of learning things.”
― Betty Smith

“She was made up of more, too. She was the books she read in the library. She was the flower in the brown bowl. Part of her life was made from the tree growing rankly in the yard.”
― Betty Smith

“But she needs me more than she needs him and I guess being needed is almost as good as being loved. Maybe better.”
― Betty Smith

“I need someone. I need to hold somebody close. And I need more than this holding. I need someone to understand how I feel at a time like now. And the understanding must be part of the holding.”
― Betty Smith

“Let me be something every minute of every hour of my life…And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.”
― Betty Smith

“She was the shame of her father stumbling home drunk. She was all of these things and of something more…It was what God or whatever is His equivalent puts into each soul that is given life – the one different thing such as that which makes no two fingerprints on the face of the earth alike.”
― Betty Smith

“A person who pulls himself up from a low environment via the bootstrap route has two choices. Having risen above his environment, he can forget it; or, he can rise above it and never forget it and keep compassion and understanding in his heart for those he has left behind him in the cruel upclimb.”
― Betty Smith

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  1. I finally figured out how to find your actual blog! I find Gravatar VERY confusing…I am such a novice. Anyway I love your blog and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is one of my favorite books. Thank you for reminding me. Betty Smith is witty, wise, pragmatic. I love quotes and believe that words matter. Glad I found your blog/website.

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