Quotes from Falling Up

Shel Silverstein ·  178 pages

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“Tell my I'm clever,
Tell me I'm kind,
Tell me I'm talented,
Tell me I'm cute,
Tell me I'm sensitive,
Graceful and Wise
Tell me I'm perfect--
But tell me the TRUTH.”
― Shel Silverstein, quote from Falling Up

“why can't you see i'm a kid', said the kid.
Why try to make me like you?
Why are you hurt when I don't cuddle?
Why do you sigh when I splash through a puddle?
Why do you scream when I do what I did?
Im a kid.”
― Shel Silverstein, quote from Falling Up

“The Voice

No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What's right for you - just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.”
― Shel Silverstein, quote from Falling Up


Said my feet, "Hey, let's go dancin'."

Said my tongue, "Let's have a snack."

Said my brain, "Let's read a good book."

Said my eyes, "Let's take a nap."

Said my legs, "Let's just go walkin'."

Said my back, "Let's take a ride."

Said my seat, "Well, I'll just sit right here,'Til all of you decide.”
― Shel Silverstein, quote from Falling Up

“William tell, William tell,
Take your arrow, grip it well,
There’s the apple– – aim for the middle– –
Oh well … you just missed by a little.”
― Shel Silverstein, quote from Falling Up

About the author

Shel Silverstein
Born place: in Chicago, IL, The United States
Born date September 25, 1930
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