Quotes from Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy Novels

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Maud Hart Lovelace sold her first story to the New York Times at age eighteen. She dropped out of college to travel to Europe and write, becoming known for the Betsy-Tacy series, which generations of readers have loved for their simple, old-fashioned charm. Here are some quotes from a selection of those novels.

“Isn’t it mysterious to begin a new journal like this? I can run my fingers through the fresh clean pages but I cannot guess what the writing on them will be.” (Betsy in Spite of Herself, 1946)

“Good things come, but they’re never perfect; are they? You have to twist them into something perfect.” (Betsy and the Great World, 1952)

“The most important part of religion isn’t in any church. It’s down in your own heart. Religion is in your thoughts, and in the way you act from day to day, in the way you treat other people. It’s honesty, and unselfishness, and kindness. Especially kindness.” (Heaven to Betsy, 1945)

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“Was life always like that? she wondered. A game of hide and seek in which you only occasionally found the person you wanted to be?” (Betsy and the Great World, 1952)

“What would life be like without her writing? Writing filled her life with beauty and mystery, gave it life…and promise.” (Heaven to Betsy, 1945)

“You might as well learn right now … that the poorest guide you can have in life is what people will say.” (Heaven to Betsy, 1945)

“When there are boys you have to worry about how you look, and whether they like you, and why they like another girl better, and whether they’re going to ask you to something or other. It’s a strain.” (Betsy in Spite of Herself, 1946)

“The silence in the room had width, height, depth, mass and substance.” (Betsy in Spite of Herself, 1946)

“I’ve got to stop thinking about myself so much–about how I look, how I’m impressing someone, whether I’m popular or not. I’ve got to start thinking about other people, all the people I meet.”  (Betsy and Joe, 1948)

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