Anthony Browne quotes

  • Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older.
    -- Anthony Browne

    #Book #Age #Left Behind

  • The first things I remember drawing were battles - big sheets of paper covered in terrible scenes of carnage - though when you looked closely, there were little jokes and speech bubbles and odd things going on in the background.
    -- Anthony Browne

    #Drawing #Battle #Odd Things

  • My dad never decided what he wanted to do; at times he fought in the army, was a teacher, a boxer, a light engineer, and a then a publican. My mum was a traditional housewife and mother. They showed my brother and I unconditional love.
    -- Anthony Browne

    #Mother #Teacher #Brother

  • Picture books are being marginalised. I get the feeling children are being pushed away from picture books earlier and earlier and being told to look at proper books, which means books without pictures.
    -- Anthony Browne

    #Children #Book #Mean

  • Maurice Sendak is the daddy of them all when it comes to picture books - the words, the rhythm, the psychology, the design.
    -- Anthony Browne

    #Book #Daddy #Design

  • A lot of my characters are underdogs or sad or lonely, but I had a comfortable, golden sort of childhood.
    -- Anthony Browne

    #Lonely #Character #Childhood

  • As a boy, I devoured comics but never saw what we now describe as a picture book.
    -- Anthony Browne

    #Book #Boys #Picture Books

  • I hope to encourage more children to discover and love reading, but I want to focus particularly on the appreciation of picture books…. Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. The best ones leave a tantalising gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader's imagination, adding so much to the excitement of reading a book.
    -- Anthony Browne

    #Appreciation #Children #Book

  • You can never have 'equality' between two things that are not equal by definition. And so, for example, you can have equality among 'people', but not between 'men' and 'women'.
    -- Anthony Browne

    #Men #Two #People

  • To her- Hand in hand we come Christopher Robin and I To lay this book in your lap. Say you're surprised? Say you like it? Say it's just what you wanted? Because it's yours- because we love you.

  • Chum was a British boy's weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book; and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children.

  • Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired (by passionate devotion to them) produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can peradventure read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity ... we cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access, reassurance.

  • It comes back to the old question: How can the Bible be so wise in some places and so barbaric in others? And why should we put any faith in a book that includes such brutality?

  • I read my first book on Woodrow Wilson at age 15, and I was hooked.

  • What shall I do to be for ever known, And make the age to come my own?

  • Unchecked, the dominating influences of money and of barren intellectualism would reduce the life of emotions to freezing point. And, unable to grasp the holier benefits of religion, the mysticism of the heart reacts in the art-intoxication. .... In this cold, irreligious and practical age the warmth of this devotion to art has kept alive many higher aspirations of our soul, which otherwise might readily have died, as they did in the middle of the last century.

  • By the time I'm 40, interplanetary travel will be common. Nobody will want to talk to me at that age, anyway.

  • Peter finds the lost, the left-behind, the abused. Is that not why you are here? Did Peter not save you?

  • I don't feel like a survivor. I feel left behind.

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