Betty Smith Quotes

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Betty  Smith
“Someday you'll remember what I said and you'll thank me for it."

Francie wished adults would stop telling her that. Already the load of thanks in the future was weighing her down. She figured she'd have to spend the best years of her womanhood hunting up people to tell them that they were right and to thank them.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

“Some read to remember the home they had left behind, others to forget the hell that surrounded them. Books uplifted their weary souls and energized their minds…books had the power to sooth an aching heart, renew hope for the future, and provide a respite when there was no other escape.”
Molly Guptill Manning

Betty  Smith
“Did you ever see so many pee-wee hats, Carl?"
"They're beanies."
"They call them pee-wees in Brooklyn."
"But I'm not in Brooklyn."
"But you're still a Brooklynite."
"I wouldn't want that to get around, Annie."
"You don't mean that, Carl."
"Ah, we might as well call them beanies, Annie."
"Why?"
"When in Rome do as the Romans do."
"Do they call them beanies in Rome?" she asked artlessly.
"This is the silliest conversation...”
Betty Smith, Joy in the Morning

“Whenever a soldier needed an escape, the antidote to anxiety, relief from boredom, a bit of laughter, inspiration, or hope, he cracked open a book and drank in the words that would transport him elsewhere.”
Molly Guptill Manning

Betty  Smith
“Anything you say may be used against you.”
Betty Smith

Betty  Smith
“But in their secret hearts, each new that it wasn't all right and would never be all right between them again.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Betty  Smith
“The tears stood in her eyes.”
Betty Smith

Betty  Smith
“The Nolans just couldn't get enough of life. They lived their own lives up to the hilt but that wasn't enough. They had to fill in on the lives of all the people they made contact with.”
Betty Smith