Enid Mary Blyton (11 August 1897 – 28 November 1968) was a British children’s writer also known as Mary Pollock.
She is noted for numerous series of popular books based on recurring characters and designed for different age groups. Her books have enjoyed huge success in many parts of the world, and have sold over 600 million copies.
One of Blyton’s most widely known characters is Noddy, intended for early years readers. However, her main work is the genre of young readers’ novels in which children have their own adventures with minimal adult help. Series of this type include The Famous Five (21 novels, 1942–1963, based on four children and their dog), The Five Find-Outers and Dog (15 novels, 1943–1961, where five children regularly solve crimes before the local police), as well as The Secret Seven (15 novels, 1949–1963, a society of seven children who solve various mysteries). She also wrote some lesser known poems and books.
1. LEAVE SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE BUT DON’T LEAVE SOMEONE FOR SOMETHING.
2. IF YOU CAN’T LOOK AFTER SOMETHING IN YOUR CARE, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO KEEP IT.
3. THE BEST WAY TO TREAT OBSTACLES IS TO USE THEM AS STEPPING-STONES. LAUGH AT THEM, TREAD ON THEM, AND LET THEM LEAD YOU TO SOMETHING BETTER.
4. I THINK PEOPLE MAKE THEIR OWN FACES, AS THEY GROW.
5. YOU’RE TRYING TO ESCAPE FROM YOUR DIFFICULTIES, AND THERE NEVER IS ANY ESCAPE FROM DIFFICULTIES, NEVER. THEY HAVE TO BE FACED AND FOUGHT.
6. HATRED IS SO MUCH EASIER TO WIN THAN LOVE – AND SO MUCH HARDER TO GET RID OF.
7. WELL, COME BACK AND HAVE TEA WITH US,” SAIDMOON-FACE. “SILKY’S GOT SOME POP BISCUITS -ANDI’VE MADE SOME GOOGLE BUNS. I DON’T OFTEN MAKETHEM-AND I TELL YOU THEY’RE A TREAT!
8. THE POINT IS NOT THAT I DON’T RECOGNISE BAD PEOPLE WHEN I SEE THEM — I GRANT YOU I MAY QUITE WELL BE TAKEN IN BY THEM — THE POINT IS THAT I KNOW A GOOD PERSON WHEN I SEE ONE.
9. IT WASN’T A BIT OF GOOD FIGHTING GROWN-UPS. THEY COULD DO EXACTLY AS THEY LIKED.
10. I’M GOOD AT EXPLORING ROOFS. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THAT KIND OF THING COMES IN USEFUL.
11. A CLOWN NEEDN’T BE THE SAME OUT OF THE RING AS HE HAS TO BE WHEN HE’S IN IT. IF YOU LOOK AT PHOTOGRAPHS OF CLOWNS WHEN THEY’RE JUST BEING ORDINARY MEN, THEY’VE GOT QUITE SAD FACES.
12. THE MOON WAS COMING SLOWLY UP OVER THE HILL IN FRONT OF THEM. THE COUNTRYSIDE WAS BATHED IN LIGHT, PALE AND COLD AND SILVERY. EVERYTHING COULD BE SEEN QUITE PLAINLY, AND LOTTA AND JIMMY THOUGHT IT WAS JUST LIKE DAYTIME WITH THE COLOURS MISSING.
13. WHEN YOU’RE PAID TO DO A JOB, IT’S BETTER TO GIVE A FEW MINUTES MORE TO IT, THAN A FEW MINUTES LESS. THAT’S ONE OF THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DOING A JOB HONESTLY AND DOING IT DISHONESTLY! SEE?