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“BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS IF NOT DUFFERS WONT DROWN”
Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons
“You write not for children but for yourself. And if by good fortune children enjoy what you enjoy, why then you are a writer of children's books.”
Arthur Ransome
“Who would wave a flag to be rescued if they had a desert island of their own? That was the thing that spoilt Robinson Crusoe. In the end he came home. There never ought to be an end.”
Arthur Ransome
“Swallows and Amazons for-ever!”
Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons
“Grab a chance and you won't be sorry for what might have been”
Arthur Ransome
“The island had come to seem one of those places seen from the train that belong to a life in which we shall never take part.”
Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons
“Better drowned than duffers, if not duffers won't drown.”
Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons
“Wild Cat Island”
Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons
“The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage.
The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting place.”
Arthur Ransome
“They found, like many explorers before them, that somehow, in their absence, they had got into trouble at home.”
Arthur Ransome, Swallowdale
“Only, the beastly Arctic won't freeze,”
Arthur Ransome, Winter Holiday
“What's hit's history: what's missed's mystery.”
Arthur Ransome, Great Northern?: A Scottish Adventure of Swallows & Amazons
“A pigeon a day keeps the natives away.”
Arthur Ransome, Pigeon Post
“But the big hills up at the lake helped to make him feel that the houseboat man did not matter. The hills had been there before Captain Flint. They would be there for ever. That, somehow was comforting.”
Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons
“The storm came pretty soon," said John. "They won't have got much further before it caught them. We may find them any minute. They'll have got off the ice the moment the snow began."
"If only they had sense," said Susan. "But they haven't got any, not that sort. People oughtn't to be allowed to be brought up in towns.”
Arthur Ransome, Winter Holiday


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