Elizabeth Goudge’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Elizabeth Goudge Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles we look at Top 10 Famous Quotes by Author Elizabeth Goudge, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with Elizabeth Goudge you will find my Ten favourites of Elizabeth Goudge’s quotes. 

Popular Quotes

“There is always something particularly delightful about exceptions to a rule.”
― Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse

 “she had long accepted the fact
that happiness is like swallows in
Spring. It may come and nest under
your eaves or it may not. You cannot
command it. When you expect to be
happy you are not, when you don’t
expect to be happy there’s suddenly
Easter in your soul, though it be
midwinter.”
― Elizabeth Goudge, The White Witch

“Nothing is ever finished and done with in this world. You may think a seed was finished and done with when it falls like a dead thing into the earth; but when it puts forth leaves and flowers next spring you see your mistake.”
― Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse

 “Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life…”
― Elizabeth Goudge, Green Dolphin Street

 “In times of storm and tempest, of indecision and desolation, a book already known and loved makes better reading than something new and untried … nothing is so warming and companionable.”
― Elizabeth Goudge

 “Humanity can be roughly divided into three sorts of people – those who find comfort in literature, those who find comfort in personal adornment, and those who find comfort in food;”
― Elizabeth Goudge, Little White Horse

“Most of us tend to belittle all suffering except our own,” said Mary. “I think it’s fear. We don’t want to come too near in case we’re sucked in and have to share it.”
― Elizabeth Goudge, The Scent of Water

 “We all of us need to be toppled off the throne of self, my dear,” he said. “Perched up there the tears of others are never upon our own cheek.”
― Elizabeth Goudge, The White Witch

“In a world where thrushes sing and willow trees are golden in the spring, boredom should have been included among the seven deadly sins.”
― Elizabeth Goudge, The Rosemary Tree

“What is the scent of water?”
“Renewal. The goodness of God coming down like dew.”
― Elizabeth Goudge, The Scent of Water

10 Famous Quotes by Author Elizabeth Goudge

So there you have it my Ten favourite quotes by Elizabeth Goudge, please comment below and share your favourite quotes by the fantastic author Elizabeth Goudge.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 10 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for Elizabeth Goudge. 

One Final Bonus – Elizabeth Goudge Quote 

“Robin: When you do marry, who will you marry?
Maria: I have not quite decided yet, but I think I shall marry a boy I knew in London.
Robin(yells): What? Marry some mincing nincompoop of a Londoner with silk stockings and a pomade in his hair and face like a Cheshire cheese? You dare do such a thing! You – Maria – if you marry a London man I’ll wring his neck! (…) I’ll not only wring his neck, I’ll wring everybody’s necks, and I’ll go right away out of the valley, over the hills to the town where my father came from, and I won’t ever come back here again. So there!
(…)
Maria: Why don’t you want me to marry that London boy?
Robin(shouting): Because you are going to marry me. Do you hear, Maria? You are going to marry me.”

― Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse

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